Under Currents by Nora Roberts. (2019).
**4 out of 5 stars**
The house in Lakeview Terrace looks perfect and the Bigelows seem like the perfect family: the respected surgeon father, the glamorous mother, the two beautiful children. But underneath the perfect facade hides dark undercurrents. Zane and Britt are terrorised by their violent father and one night it takes a horrifying turn for the worse. Over time Zane moves on and builds a new life for himself but can he ever really be free of his past? Or could those dark undercurrents rise again and force Zane to fight for his life again…
When you work at a library you can’t help but notice those super popular authors whose books are constantly being borrowed. Nora Roberts is firmly in that category and this is her latest standalone. I’ve read a few of her standalones and found them really enjoyable. This one is the same. I’d call it a romantic suspense narrative because it’s probably about 50 percent suspense thriller and 50 percent romance. Which totally works for me! Future readers should keep in mind there is a few chapters of graphic domestic violence perpetrated against spouses and children described in this book. What I appreciate about Nora’s books (in the ones I’ve read), is that there are no ‘grey’ characters. It’s quite upfront which are the good characters, and they stay good, and which are the villains with no redeeming qualities. Sometimes it’s nice to read a book that just makes it easy to know who is who! Zane, of course, is a goodie and when we later meet Darby it’s clear she is also a goodie. I enjoyed the dynamic between Zane and Darby and thought it worked well.
Overall I quite enjoyed this book and I think it would make a great holiday read.