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“There is a war going on behind things, beneath them.”

Paul had been a forensic psychologist. But after his daughter’s funeral, he hit the rock bottom of a spiraling addiction. When the spirits of the dead started rasping their wishes in his ears, he fled New York for withering Oceanrest—a flat-broke city barnacled to Maine’s coast. There, he’s spent the last five years scr
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Permuted Press
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Colby
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Paul was once a forensic psychologist, working alongside the FBI in New York, until his daughter died. Folowing her death, he spiraled into a depression and addiction. Folowing his daughter's death, he gained a sixth sense. Spirits began approaching them in their states of deaht, whispering pleas to him. To drown out their voices he drinks.

Until he moved to Oceancrest to become a professor and started buying downers from Deidr
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Kate
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A BarksBeachesBooks Review

The War Beneath = Chaos Inliterate

In The War Beneath, a former forensic psychologist is slowly spiraling downward. Having hit rock bottom after his daughter's death and his sudden ability to hear the whispers of dead people, Paul is now living in a boat house in Oceanrest, Maine. Um, where? The broke and broken city on Maine's coast where those with magical powers are drawn in larger numbers than anywhere else in the world.

Trying to ignore his past (and the voices) h
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Alix
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Well, that was different.

It was weird and out there and I definitely enjoyed it!

When TLC Booktours asked if I wanted to review a paranormal horror thriller, the first thing I thought was 'what the hay I'll give it a shot.'

This book deals with ghosts, drugs, race, fantasy, witchcraft, serial killers, cults and mystery.

And if that seems like a lot it's because it is. Definitely a lot going on, but it works! Lots of tropes- but they're not eye rolling or confusing.

Hughes combines and weav
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Courtney (candidwithcourtney)
*3.5 stars!

I must confess that I have not read many books that fall into the paranormal category, but have been slowly adding some titles from this genre into my reading and have discovered that I love it! This was my first time reading a title by this author, but after enjoying this one I will definitely be adding more of his work to my TBR.

Hughes finds a way to combine all sorts of elements into his plot without it confusing the readers or adding unnecessary substance. I started this book yest
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Melissa
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
S.R. Hughes’s novel The War Beneath is an excellent choice for anyone who likes paranormal thrillers, but it’s an equally good read for those who don’t require a paranormal element but like their lead characters a bit down at the heels.

In this novel, Hughes weaves the paranormal (protagonist Paul talks to ghosts) into the story quite organically, and the fact that the forensic psychologist doesn’t particularly want his ability adds depth to the entire story. Personally, I like it when authors gi
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CR
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty interesting story. The writing was done very well and the story was really thought out. The tropes in this one worked well for the story and I think that if this author releases another title I will totally check it out. It touched on addiction and depression and I think that the author did a pretty good job with those situations.
Lauren
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
S.R. Hughes does his best to provide commentary on the injustices and violence that marginalized communities face. It’s easy to see how critical he is of these disparities and what he’s trying to do to criticize them in The War Beneath, but it admittedly made me a little uncomfortable. There’s just something that sets off a squirmy feeling in me whenever someone uses a slur – albeit an outdated one, in this case – that’s not theirs to use, even if it’s supposed to serve a greater purpose in the ...more
Jessica
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
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Thanks to TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review and blog tour

This was my introduction to S.R. Hughes and I found this to be a very interesting and unique read. THE WAR BENEATH is a paranormal thriller that focuses on a man that went from a successful forensic psychologist with the FBI to a man at rock bottom drinking himself away from his memories and his past.

After the death of Paul’s daughter he leaves his job as an FBI forensic psychologist in New York for the smal
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Jena
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Paul knew from experience that the dead did not have futures, only pasts that repeated until madness.”

There’s a war going on alright. It was the one where I fought to fall asleep after closing the cover of this book late last night! Holy freakish delights, did I not see this gem of a horror story until it punched me right in the face.

I am always skeptical going into untested horror. It’s difficult to shock me without resorting to some seriously gruesome prose, of which, I am not a fan. But the
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S. R. Hughes inhabits the glittering dreamways between blackened stars; but, corporeally, inhabits a small and treacherously messy apartment in Queens, New York. He writes urban/contemporary fantasy, horror, sci-fi, and other strange genres. He lives with his girlfriend Julianna and their two cats, Daphne and Peach. All of his dreams are nightmares.

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