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Undercurrents (Undercurrents #1)

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Shaye Kendall, an Olympic-bound swimmer, has been in the witness protection program ever since she witnessed her boyfriend's murder. She now has a new name, a new life, and strict orders not to reveal her secret. But fitting into a community is hard when you can't tell people anything about
yourself. When she learns that one of her new friends, Matt Whitmore, is LDS, she c
Paperback, 172 pages
Published March 28th 2004 by Covenant Communications (first published January 1st 2004)
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Mar 17, 2016 Toni rated it it was amazing
Oh my, what a book. I don't normally read mysteries, but this one came highly recommended and was one I couldn't put down. It was well written, emotional and such a vibrant story. The end wasn't an end and of course I have to read the next one to fulfill my anxieties and questions about these characters I have become friends with.
Dec 04, 2015 Cindi rated it did not like it
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Jana (That Artsy Reader Girl)
Ok, I loved this book! Just the right amount of suspense. Just the right amount of romance. Just the right amount of spirituality. It was not cheesy like so many LDS fiction books are. I love Traci's writing style. She writes like she actually understands the English language. Some authors are incapable of being creative in how they convey messages.

I got really attached to the characters involved. I loved Thanksgiving at Matt's house. It made me excited for the holiday season. The book made me
Feb 10, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds-fiction
At a Glance

Romance: Clean, just right
Language: None
Characters: Well developed
Plot: Fast paced and well defined.
Religious: LDS, Christian (non-pushy)

I was captivated with this story. It had just the right amount of suspense and romance. The religion was a part of their lives and not preached so it was not a distraction to the story. It was real and not cheesy. The storyline of a young girl in the witness protection program was well defined and felt real as we experience her struggle to blend who
Rachael Dorronsoro
Apr 25, 2016 Rachael Dorronsoro rated it really liked it
I read this book many years ago, and made notes that I am now sharing for my review, I love this author, she tells a story that draws you in and I never want to put one of her books down. The story is about a girl who is in Witness Protection, she is also a very good swimmer, she needs to stay hidden which is hard to do when you want to get on the olympic team for swimming. While at school she meets Matt, whose father is a High Profile Senator, she really likes him but thinks its dangerous to ge ...more
MaKayla C
Jun 20, 2016 MaKayla C rated it it was amazing
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Matthew Whitmore is the most adorable boyfriend and best man ever in both the real world and the world of entertainment. Crystal Jones has the saddest story ever, but with unconditional love, constant faith, never-ending patience, and undying trust, the two learn to over come all trials with optimism and eternal love. Even though things were really bad, they ALWAYS decided to constantly turn to our Heavenly Father, and put trust and faith in Him, to lead them on the ...more
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
I actually really liked this! It was suspenseful and had an intriguing story line! I liked the witness protection side of it and the fact that Shaye had to hide but yet tried to be true to herself. I think I might slowly be becoming a Traci fan! :) I'll have to give one of her other books a try!
Sep 29, 2007 Alexi rated it really liked it
my mom bought this book for me on tape and one day i was so sick so i listened to it. i enjoyed it so much that i went to the library the next day to check out the actually book and i got the sequel. its full of suspense and mystery. it was very captivating and entertaining
Teya Peck
Nov 20, 2012 Teya Peck rated it it was amazing
WOw, very engaging! Substance depth of story telling, compelling. Sweet, clean, and can't wait to get my hands on the next one cause that ending........ well I know there is more. Very good!
Jan 09, 2014 Kaylee rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya1-12
Shae is a classic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. After witnessing her boyfriend's murder, Shae is wisked away into the witness protection program. As an Olympic-bound swimmer Shae does all that she now knows in order to cope with the loss. However, due to her times in and the uniqueness of her breast stroke she has been forbidden to swim it. Trying to stay low, Shae never expected to meet Matt...and eventually fall in love with him.
I love this book! My brother read it in hi
Stephanie Walton
Oct 06, 2015 Stephanie Walton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shaye is a sweet girl who just happened to be at the wrong place and the wrong time with her boyfriend. She left with her life, but unfortunately, now she has to be in the Witness Protection Program. Shaye had dreams of swimming at an Olympic level but will now be put on hold. On top of all this she's starting at a new university, and cant even tell people about how she is Mormon and goes to the families ward in hopes of not seeing anyone from class at the single adults ward.

I really like her st
Apr 22, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book--I have read it twice. The characters seem real and it isn't cheesy like some LDS fiction.
Mar 19, 2015 Linnae rated it really liked it
Shaye is an innocent girl who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She escaped with her life, but unfortunately, now she has to be in the Witness Protection Program. Her dreams of swimming at an Olympic level have to be put on hold indefinitely. With all of that, she's starting at a new university, and can't even admit that she's Mormon.

As she starts to settle into her new life a little bit, the past has a way of tripping her up, particularly once she meets a boy named Matt.

Now I want to
Jun 26, 2014 LAWonder10 rated it really liked it
This was the first of a wonderful series by Traci Hunter Abramson...I am "hooked"! This is a fast-paced, exciting series fr Christians and non-Christians alike. Although the main characters are religious, there is plenty of "real life" evil and adventure as well.

As a child, Crystal had lost her mother to cancer. Her father raised her by himself then died the summer after her high school graduation. She only had her best friend - and boyfriend - to help her through it all. Then the unthinkable ha
Jan 01, 2010 Jim rated it liked it
Listened to the trilogy of books: Under Currents, Ripple Effect, and The Deep End. I believe you could read/listen to them as standalone titles, but they're not meant to be read that way.

An innocent is at the right place, but at the wrong time, and becomes the key witness against a large criminal organization dealing in everything. She is placed in the witness protection program. The story has recurring episodes of the baddies catching up to her, attempting to kill her, and having her whisked of
Mar 11, 2013 04NicoleL added it
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Main problem: Shaye is being protected by the Witness Protection Program and the guy she is dating leads her to the man that wants her to be killed.
Setting: Arizona: where Chase, Christal Jones’ boyfriend is killed because of the things he was investigating at work. Virginia: where Shaye A.K.A Christal is relocated and goes to college, she meets Matt Whitmore
Characters: Shaye Kendall, Matt Whitmore, Katherine and Jim Whitmore, Charlie, Amy, Doug Valdez, Agent Pratt (all protagonists) Chris Rush
Jun 16, 2014 Megan rated it it was amazing
A girl goes into the Witness Protection Program after she witnesses a terrible crime that can put some important criminals behind bars. While trying desperately to hide everything she once was, she opens up to a boy and falls in love, only to find that her life is in terrible danger, and she may be dragging her new love into it. This book is just a feel-good light read. I think of it as a chick flick in book form, especially because I can read it in about two hours.
Rene' Riddle
Aug 06, 2014 Rene' Riddle rated it liked it
*3.5 stars* There are romance books with a bit of suspense and suspense books with a little bit of romance. I prefer the latter, which this book was not. The first half drug a little with the time we had to take for Shaye and Matt to get to know one another, but I realize that to convince the reader that two people truly care for each other you have to give them the background. Half way through the story things picked up and I enjoyed it more.
Nov 05, 2015 Monica rated it really liked it
A well written and engaging story, Undercurrents was a great read. After witnessing her boyfriends murder Shaye Kendall is shuttled into the witness protection program. Starting anew in Virginia she struggles to acclimate to her new surroundings and life. When a kind and popular boy penetrates her defenses she is left with the tough decision to walk away or risk putting him in danger.
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
I didn’t realize when I started this book that it was the first in a trilogy. I knew it was part of a series, but thought it was a stand-alone type book. I think it would have made a bit of a difference if I had known that going in. I really enjoyed the story and plot. I liked the idea of our main character going into the Witness Protection Program and what that kind of life would be like. Although the situation was serious, it was fun going along for the ride with Shaye. I liked Shaye and Matt. ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
I like this book because the story is light, unlike other thrillers. And Matt's father is not someone you'd associated with high profile senator. So, that's a change. I kind of like Matt. He is not mature but can be depend on. So, that's neutralize the teenage boy stigma as stupid and playful.
Jan 08, 2016 Shayna rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I could not put it down! It's a must read for all ages. It's about a girl who's life in endanger and she turns to the FBI for help. Along her new path she meets new people and finds romance. It's the perfect sit down by the fire type of book.
Jan 08, 2011 Kaye rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kaye by: Rhonda
First in a trilogy. Shaye, an olympic swimmer hopeful, ends up in the witness protection program after the murder of her boyfriend. She finds herself across the country trying to stay swimming and go to college. She meets Matt who plays on the college baseball team. They find out later that both are LDS. Of course she runs into someone who recognizes her and her life and those around her are in danger. I am not a huge fan of LDS fiction but enjoyed the story and the witness protection details we ...more
Oct 07, 2013 Annee rated it it was amazing
Took me forever to read this one as well, that being because I listened to the audio book and I don't get much quiet time to myself. I really loved this book and the characters. Matt was such a lovable and understanding guy, I wish I had him for a friend in real life :) Shay too, would make a great friend. This story obviously took a lot of time a research from the author's part and seemed to be well done for the most part. There were a few scenes that were more boring and others that didn't see ...more
Feb 27, 2015 Christy rated it it was ok
I liked the storyline enough to want to read the rest of the series just so that I can finish the whole story. I don't like that the ending to this book was so abrupt, I feel that the three books probably would have done just fine as a single story and most likely would have made me like the book more.
I could have done with the unnecessary LDS references. I don't typically read LDS authors for this reason. I don't want the church shoved in my face every chapter. Yes, we needed to know that the m
Aug 02, 2014 Amber rated it liked it
Pretty good for lds fiction! It kept me turning pages, and had a love story that wasn't cheesy. Not the best writing, but fun.
Aug 12, 2015 Donna rated it liked it
Cheesy and predictable as expected...and yet it drew me right in and I can't wait to read the next one.
Stephanie Griswold
I loved this! It was a very intriguing and interesting mystery book! Written by an LDS author.
This was the first book in the adult fiction section of the library when I was looking for something new to read. It has an interesting premise. A young LDS college student sees her DEA agent boyfriend killed, and is placed in the witness protection program. She is moved out east and falls in love with another oung man who is also LDS, but she can't tel him who she is or anything about herself, because it might blow her cover.

It was a pretty good book, and I definitely came away feeling like the
Laurie D'ghent
Jun 14, 2016 Laurie D'ghent rated it really liked it
Pretty neat to read a witness protection program book with an LDS twist
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