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3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  154 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
An ancient city, entombed beneath a museum that seeks to understand the brutal race that once inhabited the underground world.

A young woman with special empathic powers offered a job to create an exhibit of the city's artifacts.

Underneath, they wait for her.

Underneath is a ten-thousand word novelette, approximately fifty pages.
Kindle Edition, 66 pages
Published June 9th 2011 (first published June 10th 2001)
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Gypsy Madden
Sep 25, 2015 Gypsy Madden rated it it was amazing
This is really a wonderful novella. It has a creepy atmosphere that looms over the story with the mystery of what the city underneath looks like and exactly what went on down there since the main character is too terror filled to bring herself to even get near the entrance of the place. The side characters are lovingly brought to life with wise beyond her years Adara with her adorable love of tarot and matchmaking and Darren with his alluring geekiness and attractive awkward shyness. The mystery ...more
G.R. Yeates
Nov 27, 2011 G.R. Yeates rated it really liked it
A short tale about the horrors waiting to unearthed in an underground city. The author grounds the narrative in the relationship between a mother and daughter, Rebecca and Adara, who are both empaths and practitioners of magic - an aspect which works well in building suspense during the earlier sections of the story as dark hints are alluded to about the nature of the unearthed city of Garneria, said hints carrying far more weight because we are aware of the gifts they possess. I also found both ...more
Nov 05, 2011 Rosann rated it really liked it
Book was good, liked the directions she was taking with storyline and characters. My only negative remark is that it finished way to soon.
Later in the afternoon when I picked up my Kindle to cont. reading I was at 14%, then it was BAM!I was that I was at 72% then book was finished at 81%.

I think and feel that the author could have really taken the characters further and the storyline deeper.
The Book had a really great beginning, a mediocore ending and barely any middle.
I even arrowed back page
Dec 29, 2015 Annamarie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I loved this short story it was fabulously haunting. I like reading paranormal type stories.

Rebecca is a widow and a mother who works in a museum as a technician but loses that job and goes to work for another museum called the Ancient and she becomes the curator for the Garneria exhibit which she really didn't was due to her being an Empath and Garneria has a lot of evil energy.

Rebecca's daughter Adara likes to read tarot cards and is a little psychic, she read her tarot cards 3 times for her m
A short story that could completely become a novel. So much to learn about the what lies underneath. On my Nook it was 90 pages & I finished those in no time. I just wish there were more.
Jan 23, 2014 Megan rated it liked it
When I first started reading this I was a little wary are the author's writing style. It seemed abrupt and a bit juvenile in the beginning. After the first few short chapters I warmed to it and it was definitely worth the read. I don't know how much more I would read from this author but I would definitely read an extended version of this story. I think there was so, so much room for growth and so many places to fill out that it could make an excellent novel. One thing I would love to see in a l ...more
Darcia Helle
This story has quite a bit of depth for a short piece. The plot plays out at a good pace, and the content offers us a convincing look at otherworldly possibilities.

Rebecca's character is well developed. I enjoyed the interplay between Rebecca and her daughter. Their abilities are handled in a way that is both believable and intriguing.

My only complaint is that the ending feels rushed. We are told about the aftermath, rather than being allowed to experience it along with the characters. Aside fr
Jessica Bronder
Sep 23, 2011 Jessica Bronder rated it it was amazing
Rebecca has just been offered an exhibit at the Museum of Ancient History. The idea is to promote the underground city that was found in a cavern below the museum. But something evil happened there. Rebecca is an empath and has no desire to even go near the city but in the end she goes.

Adara, Rebecca’s daughter, is excited about the new exhibit. And Rebecca’s new boss, Darren, is also thrill to have her there. Rebecca learns that Darren is also an empath when he talks about a bad feeling when he
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
An interesting story involving Rebecca, a museum, and an underground city that has been uncovered. Rebecca is an empath and can sense the evil vibes coming from the underground city. Her boss is also an empath, but not as strong.

He ends up kidnapped and the ancient city is the location. Rebecca has to try to save him despite the pain the evil vibes causes her and despite the fact that there are perhaps hundreds of evil ghost-like beings that want to make her their next sacrifice.
Patricia Phare-camp
Jun 08, 2014 Patricia Phare-camp rated it really liked it
It was good

not high art or a hint of great literature, but it helped me pass an hour without boredom. it's a teaser for a future novel but it is still a complete cliffhanger and I commend the author for that! I hate literature that leaves me hanging...I might buy the sequel if it's not overpriced as this one was entertaining, proofread and well written.
Nov 01, 2013 Jen rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
SPOILER ALERT! This was a free Kindle short when I got it. I got it a while ago, so when I started to read it, I had no idea what it was about. It was written extremely well. The characters were well rounded, the story moved and you really get a feeling of the horror of the underground city and its "people".

The reason I am not rating it higher than three stars is because it is without hope. The ending is left open-ended and the evil isn't defeated, it's waiting to be let free again. There is mag
Amy Garrett
Nov 17, 2014 Amy Garrett rated it it was amazing
This was the first book of heathers that I have read. I wasn't sure what to expect! It was a little slow at first but really picked up! I got completely drawn into the story and when the portal to garneria was opened I could not put it down! There is room for a sequel with this one. I can't wait!
Dec 09, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook
Detailed, fast-paced action loaded with solid characters creating an book that I didn't want to put down. What exactly was so sinister about the Garneria exhibit that Rebecca had troubles with it? The author did a good job getting the action up to speed quickly and the suspense was building rapidly in the beginning chapters. I would have given it 5 stars as I like a quick-read with good suspense, good plot and also a read that leaves me as a reader hanging with some possiblities but....I thought ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Elyse rated it really liked it
As the short read progressed I found myself getting more and more into the plot and characters. However, I felt an entire story drop of the cliff and end abruptly into a few pages. I felt as if the book ended on chapter five. It was so good I was hoping for a full version. Still worth a read. Just a very quick read!
Heather Abbasoglu
Mar 28, 2016 Heather Abbasoglu rated it it was amazing
Just a teasing taste of the darkness Underneath. Leaves you excited to read the sequel to find out if Rebecca and Darren can escape the evil that has a taste of Darren's blood on their hands.
Oct 13, 2015 Kimberly rated it liked it
Was just ok.. started out really good and then just DONE!
Marinela Diaz
Jun 06, 2014 Marinela Diaz rated it really liked it
Short but well written. Hoping to read more horror books from her.
Jared Jenkins
Jan 30, 2015 Jared Jenkins rated it it was amazing
Short, but leaves you wanting more
This short story was well-written, and it was an interesting story. The three stars are because of my personal preferences, not any lacking in the writing. The daughter of the main character was proficient in reading tarot cards and neither mother nor daughter gave a second thought to any reference to the daughter's other-wordly abilities. It doesn't really bother me to read about adults practicing such things, but for some reason, it unnerved me to think about a child doing it.
Oct 25, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I was kinda hooked on this from the very beginning. Imagine finding evidence of a lost civilization, under your Museum of Ancient History, when the ground-breaking mayor literally falls through the earth.
Rebecca is hired to curate the exhibit. Unfortunately, she is an empath and the waves of hatred, fear, and terror coming from underground cause her distinct pain. It seems the civilization thrived on human sacrifice.
This was a free short story for Kindle. Enjoyed it.
Dec 10, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: 50-in-2011
This was a quick read with interesting characters that ended too quickly & abruptly. I picked it up as a Kindle freebie because it shows the Hagia Sophia on the cover and I was hoping the book would have something to do with the Byzantine underworld, so it was disappointing that it didn't.

The characters are likeable but I think Adkins could have done more with them.
C.L. Bevill
Oct 27, 2011 C.L. Bevill rated it really liked it
Good scary short. It really could be fleshed out into a book. There's lots of material here for one. The heroine is an empath and the setting is a mysterious underground city that they're excavating. I probably would have given it 3 1/2 stars because the author was a little brief when she could have had fun with it. But I'm checking out some of her other books.
Oct 21, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-free
This is a really solid short story. I wasn't expecting the main character (Rebecca) to be the age she was or that she would have a daughter but both of those details were refreshing; many stories of this type focus on teenage characters. Adkins does a good job of describing the characters and settings, as well as how Rebecca was feeling.
Jun 29, 2012 Marie rated it it was amazing
It may be short in length, but certainly not in content. I love how this author writes - you feel like you are right there with the characters, feeling what they are feeling. A newly-discovered underground city, mysterious disappearances, a budding romance - and action that keeps moving through the story.
Larry Marshall
Aug 10, 2011 Larry Marshall rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
In but 9000 words Adkins weaves a tale of a cavern, below a museum, that holds an unspeakable destiny for any who venture into it. This author always amazes with her descriptive prose painting her canvases with stunning realism. We are indeed fortunate that she shares them with us.
Jun 18, 2011 Kelly/yllektra rated it it was amazing
I really liked this story.
The protagonist is fierce and brave and quite sarcastic and I love that in a heroine.
Plus, the plot was really good and suspenseful till the very end and I really liked how the author presented the abilities of the heroes.
Jan 06, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing
Since this is a short story, I'm going to cut it a little slack for the remaining questions that were remaining. I gave it five stars because I was pissed when it was done. I wanted more. Hopefully the author will have a full length book on this out soon"
Aug 25, 2015 Summaiya rated it really liked it
This was a good solid book although I feel like there should have been more about Garneria included in the book. Like the artifacts that were uncovered. Or why there were so many bodies (mass suicide perhaps?).
Feb 24, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Not a bad short story but I think I need a bit more background for the characters. The ending lacked resolution but I guess that's what you get from a short story. Not bad for a free book from Amazon.
Nov 11, 2011 Issa rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
This was a very creepy, very enjoyable tale. I wish that the author gave the reader more. I feel like this could be a longer story and be even better. Great read!
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Heather Marie Adkins loves magick and words, but not necessarily in that order. She can often be found wrangling chickens in her backyard, pulling weeds from her herb garden, and saving field mice from her cats—when she isn’t plotting her eventual move to Ireland.

Heather is the author of numerous published titles including The Temple and Abigail. She lives in north-central Kentucky with a house f

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