Under the Ice
It is the week before Christmas and the cathedral city of St Albans is blanketed by snow. But beneath the festive lights, darkness is stirring. The frozen body of a young girl is discovered by the ice-covered lake.
The police scramble for clues. A local woman, Jenny, has had visions of what happened the night of the murder. But Jenny is an exhausted new mother, whose...more
The writing is beautifully immersive as we jump between Jenny, sleepwalking towards clues and the police investigation which ultimately focuses back on Jenny. It is tense and atmospheric, with a missing child’s life at stake and a snowy, chilly backdrop ...more
It was nice reading this in December. I never thought I’m a reader that needs to read differently in different seasons, or a mood reader at that, but I might reconsider.
The book itself was pretty good, it dragged a bit in the middle and the main character was just so unreliable at some point I was afraid it would be to annoying for me to continue( I have extremely little patience for this kind of nonsense) but the line wasn’t crossed.
Under the Ice
Wow! Your first book!!
Girl you did good!!!
Sleep deprived new mom
is my least favorite
main character in a book.
But...this story had me
hanging on to every one
of her tired thoughts.
3.9 Sparkling Stars.
Listened with TTS.
Clean with Foul Language.
I found the culmination of the story particularly satisfying, with every character well-drawn and believable. This is a cerebral, moving and impressing book and I can't wait to read more from Rachael.
(view spoiler)[Jenny, the main character, was guided by the voice and suppressed memories of her mother, who had fallen into the river/lake and suffered pneumonia from water in her lungs. She had died from this. Jenny figures out that her psychiatrist, Seb, was to blame. She runs into him at the lake with one of the missing girls, Becky, and struggles with him as he tries to kill her. He ends up dying and Becky is saved.(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] ...more
Set in St Albans (a cathedral city in Hertfordshire, in case you don't know it) the plot centres on the murder of a young teenage girl at a lake a couple of weeks before Christmas. Jenny, struggling with post-natal depression and sleep deprivation after the birth of her first baby, lives ...more
This book opens with the discovery of a young girl’s body in a frozen lake, and swiftly moves on to introduce us to Jenny, one of the protagonists. She’s a first-time mother who’s struggling with motherhood—and she sees ghosts.
Okay, her ghostly “visions” and experiences somewhat ...more
This is a good story with a female protagonist, Jenny, with whom I initially found it easy to identify. As the novel became rather gothic, I, like Jenny's fellow characters, began to lose patience with her and simultaneously with the novel, which I feared was going to stretch the bounds of reality. If you experience the same feelings, my advice is to persevere; it is simply a feature of the novel's construction, though a slightly frustrating one - to my mind. I ...more
With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.
When 14 year old Leigh Horde was found dead under frozen house, New mum Jenny felt a deep sense of unease.
Jenny, husband Will and baby Finn had recently moved to St Albans. Ever since the birth of Finn, Jenny was exhausted and lonely living in a new area. From her house Jenny could see the lake where Leigh died. Shortly after this Jenny started sleepwalking to the lake and heard voices shouting save ...more
This was a book that I really wanted to love, but for me it fell short.
I love a good thriller, but this book didnt grab me and on more than one occasion I considered not finishing.
The last 50 or so pages, the book ramped up to what I was looking for, a little bit of action, things falling into place a little more, but it was a long slog ...more
I found the story a bit hit and miss - there were elements where I wish it had been expanded on (characters and friendships) and found a few themes repetitive
Saying that the writing and short snappy sentences within the telling of the story worked and again helped with the atmosphere
A good debut novel -
A terrific tale that was eerie, creepy and empathetic. I could really identify with Jenny, having lost my own mother before I had my children. Cleverly plotted with an unexpected twist which twisted again as you found out who the culprit really was. The husband, Will might have been great in the end, but he certainly let Jenny down when she needed his understanding most. Liked the different points of view between the public and the police.
This story is suitable for older teen readers (some swearing, mention of child abuse) and is the first novel of Rachael Blok - a local author.
I found it a bit difficult to get into, but it picks up half-way through and accelerates towards the end.
It took a while to get into this book and to be honest that's because I found it a bit confusing with the characters t to begin with.
"Unputdownable" the Bi-line says but for me that was only near the end when it got to the who did it part.
Worth a read but not inspired me to follow the author