‘Under Currents’ is about a ‘happy’ family, that has abuse and violence underlying its sunny exterior. Zane’s story of physical and mental abuse by his father, a successful surgeon is intense and gut-wrenching. The flawed family that Roberts creates is sure to send ripples down your heart. Divided in four parts, this story is about strength, determination and finally, healing.
Zane’s emergence from a troubled teenager to a mature and responsible adult, protecting his sister from all harm and eventually, finding his own ‘happily every after’ is such an emotional rollercoaster. The emotions that the author churns have stayed with me as I was carried from one part of the story to another.
‘Under Currents’ is a medium-paced story and the involvement that I had with each character, their background, and mental state had me believe that I was a part of their world. Pair it up with luscious backdrop and a lot of small-town magic. The story delves deep into who they are as a character such as, landscaping described at length, or police interrogations, or banters between the characters and love scenes and that slows the pace quite a lot. But it’s the story of pain and healing that stays with the readers, touching their hearts and making them believe that it’s possible to come out of any situation only if you have a little bit of courage.
I wouldn’t give away much about the story but if you plan to pick up Nora Roberts anytime soon, this might be a good start.
Blurb (as on Goodreads):
For both Zane and Darby, their small town roots hold a terrible secret. Now, decades later, they’ve come together to build a new life. But will the past set them free or pull them under?
Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers―and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake―see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back…
Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own.
Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.
*Thanks to Hachette for a copy of the book. All opinions are my own*