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Under Lying

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,146 ratings  ·  169 reviews

In this gripping novel of suspense, the disappearance of a couple’s baby daughter leaves everyone a suspect.

Susan has everything she ever wanted. A loving husband, an angelic daughter and the cottage of her dreams in County Cork. Her picture-perfect life seems too good to be true. And it is.

At a housewarming party with their new neighbours, her daughter Amelia goes missing. As friendis.


Kindle Edition, 295 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
3-3.5 stars for now

I am having a hard time rating this one. I did not see the twists and double twists and triple twists coming. Also, it was a little disturbing - this is why I'm having a hard rating. You have grief, revenge, betrayal, obsession, a little madness, criminality, etc. I may rate it 4 stars later.

Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: the disappearance of their child. One that literally sends shivers down your spine and has you reaching for your loved one, just to give them that extra cuddle. How can you continue living when your child disappears? How does life carry on? Susan and Paul are the ones who find out.

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Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my Amazon First Reads pick for the month of October.

I initially was concerned because here is another First Reads book where I absolutely loath the people in it. With the exception of some back drop characters, there isn't anyone in this story that I could even remotely say I kinda sorta liked. Luckily you don't have to. Engrossing and well written, this story sucks you in and keeps you reading even with such unsavory people. It twists and turns and you find yourself pretty
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did you ever pick up a book to read and you know right from the first page that it’s going to be a cracker of a read ? Well this book did that for me . This is one of the best Psychological Suspense Thrillers that I have read in quite a while. It hooked me right in from the start and kept me gripped up to the last page. I have to be honest and say as I was getting nearer the end I didn’t want it to finish as I was enjoying it so much . This book has a super storyline and fantastic characters who ...more
Alison Wilson
Very poor. Unbelievable plot, poor characters, plot lines that made no sense (like her mother didn't know who she had married; she was surprised he husband knew herbackground; Jenny being sick at a party; deacon, just everything about the Deacon character made no sense...), I really could go on and on and the dialogue between Susan and Paul, where he continually said "Susan" in every sentence. Nobody speaks like that, or maybe it was just the author clumsily trying to tell the reader w ...more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it

This does start pretty slow, but it's not a long book, and once the story gets rolling it's batshit crazy in a way that kept my attention.

Susan and Paul have recently moved from Dublin to the country. They're the kind of obnoxious parents who snipe at each other about their parenting: You're smothering her! You're not paying enough attention! Susan seems to notice these qualities in other people, but not herself. Susan and Paul aren't particularly likable, and bo
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was crazy. Headed out in one direction, then all of a sudden we're going the other way...I couldn't put it down. My only negative was the highly implausible backstory, and the ending was a little unsatisfying. Still, this was one wild, over the top, twisty thriller.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it did not like it

Poli plotted, badly written, literally unbelievable, no character development ....what a complete waste of time... Both the authors and mine
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read lots of psychological thrillers and this was up there with the best. It is multi-faceted with lots of intrigue and suspense but nothing could prepare me for the actions of the main character Susan and the motive behind what she does. The ending is absolutely mind-blowing and I certainly didn't see what was coming. It was a 2 am finish for me last night and quite fitting that it ended with fireworks going off in the valley opposite my bedroom.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good suspense thriller. Slow start but picks up speed. Excellent twists w surprising end.

This book starts glacially slow from the POV of a self-centered woman living in an expensively renovated and beautifully furnished house with her husband and toddler daughter. The storyline is well-conceived and very carefully plotted, and there are multiple twists which are set up to develop organically. Surprisingly but happily, the characters change in many ways, but no one is truly who he/she appears to
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Peter Tessyman
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Ludicrously Farfetched

I got this free with Kindle First Reads. It's not bad, in fact the first 50% is great. The second 50% however descends deeper and deeper into the most ludicrous, convoluted twist-a-thon that by the end I would not have been surprised if aliens did it, or even the ghost of Elvis.

Fun though.
Linda Appelbaum
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book had an intriguing plot and fairly interesting, well developed characters and kept my interest. It was also very hard to believe and without spoiling the story, I won't go into specifics, but those things were big drawbacks for this book and my enjoyment of it. The story is about a young married couple with a 2 year old daughter move to the country and have a party to meet their neighbors. During the party their daughter disappears and is assumed drowned in the nearby lake. A strange no ...more
Cassandra H
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a tough one to rate. In some ways it was a 2 to me, in others it was a 4. And I received this free from Amazon Kindle First Reads.

There was so much about this book that I couldn’t stand. It started out really slow and bland, with dry characters who were annoying and unlikeable. They seemed to spend half the book making or drinking coffee, at all times, all day.

Sue was horrible. Favorite word was ‘smirk.’ She constantly wants to slap people, she’s mean, has ridicul
Emma Summers
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’d probably lean a bit towards a 4.5 for this book but only because I struggled to get to grips with the “then” and “now” chapters at the beginning and would’ve liked a bit more detail at the end of the book. All that being said I was gripped and did not see the twists coming!!!
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It kept my interest but honestly, the characters were deplorable and the twists weren’t done in a way that satisfied me. And there were inconsistencies throughout the book that I just couldn’t let go. Not my favorite Kindle First choice.
Kayla Dumas
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I had so many feelings throughout this whole book! One minute you hate Paul and then you feel sorry for him same with Susan! You don’t know who the bad guy is and you never know what’s coming on the next page. A must read! So happy to have chosen this one for my October amazon first reads.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a read! UnderLying kept me up all night. A total mind-bender of a book, unputdownable and chilling!!

Writing 4
Story line 5
Characters 3
Emotional impact 4

Overall rating 4
Amy Rennie
Oct 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
No no no no no

This was absolute nonsense garbage. Skip it and you'll save some precious brain cells, not to mention time. One star is too generous.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You move to a new area, reach out to make new friends and the worse moment of your life occurs.Your child goes missing.
You read the abstract and know that this is not going to be an ordinary read as the parents have a past and you are not exactly sure what will transpire. Well climb aboard and experience the twists and turns of what is a real page turner which shocks and makes you question the rights and wrongs,whose camp are you in and ultimately who deserves the treatment they receive. ...more
Title: Under Lying
Author: Janelle Harris
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating Five

"Under Lying" by Janelle Harris:

My Rationalization:

What a read that was of definitely one psychological, mystery-thriller with suspense that will keep you turning the pages to see what was coming now and then where we find the heroine [Susan] and the flashbacks. These flashbacks had to do with the death of Susan's twin brother,
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Christine Wang
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my Kindle FirstReads picks, and it did not disappoint! Starts off slow, but once it gets going, it does not let you go and the author hits you with one twist after another and pulls you in all different directions. Just when you think you know what's going on...another twist hits you.

Its written from Susan's POV, in first person, and alternates between her current life and events from 15 years ago. The past and present tie together very nicely.

Just that...Susan and Paul are not
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The beginning and middle of this book were very good. It was an interesting mystery of a missing child, which goes from past to present in giving the readers information. I wanted to keep reading to see how it would all turn out and I had not idea of the solution to the mystery. However, the ending was such a disappointment! It was so ridiculous and so unbelievable, it was laughable instead of interesting or satisfying. Also, the author in describing the two year old child has obviously no real ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I dislike first person, but it didn't grind my gears in this novel as much as it usually does. I thought the pacing was well done. Bits of the mystery were revealed bit by bit to spur on my reading but not so infrequently that I found myself growing bored or impatient. It's a fairly quick but enjoyable read. I would recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries/thrillers.

I'm not so sure I like the last twist of Paul knowing who Susan was all along
Nancy Hudson
Nov 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book went from decent to bad at the flip of a switch. It was promising for the first half and then I suddenly thought I was reading a different book! What the heck? The twist in the middle of the book was insane and the characters went from ok, not exactly wonderful to absolutely deplorable. It would have been acceptable had the story not had so many holes and unbelievable moments. The only reason I finished was because I had to know what happened to the child. I would have loved to have se ...more
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Janelle Harris lives in Kildare, Ireland with her husband and young family. Janelle enjoys books that screw with your head and mess with your heart. She hopes her books offer her readers a taste of that world.

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