Somewhere Beyond The Sea by Amanda James

Somewhere Beyond The Sea by Amanda James
Publisher: Choc-Lit
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (286 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Doctor Tristan Ainsworth has returned with his family to the idyllic Cornish village close to where he grew up. The past has taught him some hard lessons, but he’ll do anything to make his wife happy—so what’s making her so withdrawn?

Karen Ainsworth daren’t reveal her true feelings, but knows her husband has put up with her moods for too long. A chance to use her extraordinary singing voice may set her free, so why shouldn’t she take it? Surely her past can’t hurt her now?

As a tide of blackmail and betrayal is unleashed to threaten the foundations of their marriage, Karen and Tristan face a difficult question. Is their love strong enough to face the truth when the truth might cost them everything?

This is the second Choc-Lit title I’ve read that’s set in Cornwall, and like the first one, it was a story that drew me in from page one. This one begins with a character planning to end their life…don’t worry it all works out okay, but its outcome is the driving force for the rest of the story.

Karen and Tris seem to be the perfect married couple, apart from Karen’s fear of venturing outside. There were flashbacks from the point of view of the character who tried to end their life, and for a long time I couldn’t figure out if it was Karen or Tris which actually kept me reading to see if my first inclination was right.

The setting is wonderful and well described by Ms. James. I liked Karen and Tris but I think the other secondary characters kept me interested just as much. All are well-rounded and have interesting personalities.

The plot is very entertaining and when someone begins blackmailing Karen I couldn’t put my e-book reader down. There were late night meetings in churchyards, escalating threats and all things that make a great suspense. I won’t give away what happens to the blackmailer but I thought that perhaps the incident would up the suspense just a tad more but it didn’t, which was a bit disappointing to me.

I was cheering for Karen, but actually more for Tris because he came across as sweetheart of a husband who seemed to go to any length to protect his wife from dangers of the past.

Although this is close to a 300 page book you’ll find the pacing fast because of its page turning quality and your need to find out what Karen’s fate will be.

Summer’s still young and if you’re looking for one more title to add to your beach book pile and love suspense, I’d recommend this one to you.

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