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Undercurrents (Undercurrents #1)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,741 ratings  ·  166 reviews
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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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
Erika B. (Snogging on Sunday 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!
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
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
I really liked this book--I have read it twice. The characters seem real and it isn't cheesy like some LDS fiction.
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
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
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
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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
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
*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.
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
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, 2011 Kaye rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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.
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
Interesting plot with a bit of romance. Liked it.
Aug 20, 2014 Becka added it
Traci Hunter Abramson does it again- amazing!
Stephanie Parker
Couldn't put the book down!
Apr 13, 2015 Heather marked it as to-read
recommended by Nan
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I keep saying this, but I love this series of books. I just can't seem to put them down. A great opening book for all of the books that come later. I love the characters of Matt Whitmore, and Shaye. There is a great chemistry between them. I love the insecurities that Shaye has. She comes across as a genuine person, trying to overcome great tragedy in her life. I love how she relies on her faith to help her through the things that come at her. This isn't just a good read it's a great read.
Wow! Why did it take me so long to read this? I love Traci's books and this one was just as good as the others! Christal witnessed the murder of her undercover cop boyfriend, and is put in the Witness Protection Program. She goes to college, and keeps to herself (can't let anyone know who she really is!) and is doing ok…until she falls in love with Matt. She hates keeping secrets from him, but knows she can't say anything, and one thing after another happens that will keep you reading!!
Entertaining mystery! Although I'm not usually a fan of LDS fiction, this was a fairly well written mystery and I enjoyed the characters. Plus, the LDS references were subtle, meshing well into the story. Many "Mormon" fiction authors use Mormon culture references like a giant neon sign proclaiming, "These characters are Mormon!". Very annoying! The references here still demonstrated the strong faith of the characters but were very understated, which was an enjoyable surprise.
Mrs. Abramson lets me see more of her main characters' relationship develop in this book than in Freefall. That was a good thing. However, it isn't more exciting than Freefall :) Shaye and Matt spend time getting to know each other over the Fall semester, but still not as much time as I would have liked to see. I look forward to the sequel. This is an LDS read, clean enough for a 12 year old who doesn't mind reading about college student relationships.
Great LDS Read. It's been a while since I read this genre of fiction. I loved it. Great suspense, romance, love and gospel in there.
CJ witnesses the killing of her boyfriend and is put into the Witness Protection Program while the trial is getting underway. She has bee working all her life to prepare for the Olympics. Meanwhile she meets a wonderful new young man. This story takes three books to cover it all. Don't read one without the others or it doesn't all make sense. Really enjoyed them all together. Ripple Effect (2) and The Deep End (3).
Shania Kitchen
Absolutely amazing series
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