Under Currents Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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For both Zane and Darby, their small-town roots hold a terrible secret. Now, decades later, they've come together to build a new life. But will the past set them free or pull them under? Find out in Under Currents from number-one New York Times best-selling author Nora Roberts.
Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back....
Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own.
Together, they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 41 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||July 09, 2019|
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#9,709 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#76 in Domestic Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#219 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#298 in Domestic Thrillers (Books)
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Next we see of Zane, he has moved back to Lakeview Terrace from Raleigh (where he was a prosecutor) and hung out his shingle. Then we are introduced to Darby, landscaper extraordinaire. She, too, has escaped an abusive husband and moved lock, stock, and barrel to a new place, which just happens to be where Zane is. And they meet, of course. This section of the book is boring (no highs no lows), even though we are introduced to three bad guys. How can you not have a climatic event with three bad guys??? Mommy and daddy get out of prison – years apart – daddy kills mommy, daddy goes after Zane and gets beat to a pulp by Darby (who knows martial arts, naturally). Dad gets arrested – AGAIN – and goes back to prison never to be heard from. This could have been developed so much more, but it is wrapped so quickly you hardly realize daddy came back. So first bad guy is gone. Second bad guy is some idiot country hick who, come to find out, isn’t so tough as he ends up dead by bad guy three. And I knew who this was as soon as he killed bad guy two. Bad guy three is Darby’s ex-husband. He kidnaps her, takes her to the cabin he is renting that is part of a larger complex of cabins – he didn’t even take her somewhere more secluded – and wants to have a conversation before he kills her. Okay. But Zane saves the day – he knows immediately where she is - and bad guy three, who confesses other murders to Darby is foiled by Zane’s mighty pitch (did I forget to mention he carries around a softball?) and also goes to prison. Oh yeah. Zane and Darby marry.
The first part of the book, the part about the abusive family and surviving could have been developed into something really interesting. Unfortunately, it was not. The rest of the book should have been deleted. I really don’t know what’s happening to Nora Roberts. I’m not sure if her writing is getting worse or if I’m just reading better writers and find that she simply does not meet my expectations any longer. There is nothing interesting in this story; you don’t catch your breath at something unexpected, you don’t shed a tear at something tremendously sad or happy. It’s a monotone. It’s boring. Totally and completely not worth the read.
Her writing for me is like a really good song, it’s lyrical. It ebbs and flows, sometimes it’s turbulent, sometime calm almost serene. I couldn’t put this down. And while I knew exactly who at the end was reeking havoc. Getting there was edge of my seat.
The beginning of this is tough, violence against kids at the hand of a parent...well let’s say I felt violent. And there’s the beauty of a good book. It makes you feel, good or bad, love or hate if you can connect and feel for the characters the author has hit the homerun.
The cast of characters are epic! The way NR weaves a story it’s a true work of art. I’m sad it’s over and man did I enjoy the ride. The HEA was awesome, I loved how they connected and through it all they were a team. Both coming from some sort of violence didn’t stop the connection and for some with that past...well.
This book hit all the feels, true family, love, respect and all around story that those who are deeply, innately evil will eventually get the wrath of Karma.
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I've read her stories for almost 10 years and yes there have been hits and misses, but not one like this for me.
Let's begin with what I loved.
Part One. In part one we meet Zane's family. We read on in horror as a young boy attempts to save his mother only to be beaten savagely and left upstairs to rot. I cried for him as he lay in the darkness of his room, weeping in pain and despair and hatred for the people who are supposed to love him. Zane is very special. He's kind and considerate, he's protective and very smart, and very talented on the baseball field. And he loves his sister. Everything he does is for her and being a baby sister myself, having a brother protected me, it pulled at every heart string I have. The first part of the book is very violent and heart breaking and hard to read, but it's the best part of the book.
I really liked Emily and Lee, and Britt. I liked the family they made and I knew where it was going the second Lee asked Dave if he and Emily were married. I see you, Lee. I feel you. ;)
The book then goes on to three other parts and, for me, it just didn't work. I liked the relationship Zane and Darby became, I liked how excited he became when he met Zod and... that's about it.
Now, the sad part. I have never failed to connect with a character the way I failed to connect with Darby. I'd just finished this heart breaking but beautiful part in Zanes life and then we cut to Darby and I found her very uninteresting. She lacked to have that NR flare in my opinion. Every one liked, she was meant to be this big ball of energy, but to me she read like a side character. There wasn't enough depth to her. I didn't care why she came to town, as there was no real reason other than giving it a go. There wasn't even an initial spark between her and Zane and while I don't mind a slow build up, I want at least some spark, something there. And there wasn't. One minute he's literally referring to her as 'the landscaper' and then he's intrigued, but again, it doesn't come off as sincere. More like someone said, you are now attracted. Like I said, I liked most of their relationship, but come on.
I was reading this book and thinking, I was much more invested in Emily and Lee, who even though they didn't have endless romantic scenes, had more chemistry and drew me in while I just wasn't buying them together at all. It took a lot to move past that.
My main thing, other than not connecting with Darby (Like Tay Tay said, it's not love, it's not hate it's just indifference) there was no real villain and I've read that a lot in other reviews, how it was just plain stupid.
There is no big build up, you're told about Graham and she might has well as added a winky face when first mentioning the end villains name. There was no build up, no mystery for me. It felt like she finished writing about a third of the way through, then was like oh crap, better add more and then we get a third threat and at this point it felt moronic. There's never any real threat, it's all dealt with so easily. I had to read more about what paint or waterfall than we did about the murderer.
It started out so strong, but this is not one of her better books.