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Blog Tour: Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins


Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins
Publication Date: July 21, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 320

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Collateral comes a gripping novel about a woman caught in a love affair that could be her salvation...or her undoing.

Tara is gorgeous, affluent, and forty. She lives in an impeccably restored Russian Hill mansion in San Francisco. Once a widow, twice divorced, she’s a woman with a past she prefers keeping to herself.

Enter Cavin Lattimore. He’s handsome, kind, charming, and the surgeon assigned to Tara following a ski accident in Lake Tahoe. In the weeks it takes her to recover, Cavin sweeps her off her feet and their relationship blossoms into something Tara had never imagined possible. But then she begins to notice some strange things: a van parked outside her home at odd times, a break-in, threatening text messages and emails. She also starts to notice cracks in Cavin’s seemingly perfect personality, like the suppressed rage his conniving teenage son brings out in him, and the discovery that Cavin hired a detective to investigate her immediately after they met.

Now on crutches and housebound, Tara finds herself dependent on the new man in her life—perhaps too much so. She’s handling rocky relationships with her sister and best friend, who are envious of her glamour and freedom; her prickly brother-in-law, who is intimidated by her wealth and power; and her estranged mother. However perfect Tara’s life appears, things are beginning to get messy.

Writing in beautiful prose, Ellen Hopkins unveils a new style while evoking her signature poetic form that readers fell in love with in Collateral and Triangles.

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Review
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am a huge fan of Ellen Hopkins, so of course I jumped at the chance to read and review her newest adult fiction novel! I wasn't too sure about the idea of prose over poetry, but I do think that it was still laid out in a good, Hopkins style.

But this wasn't great, it was good. I was expecting a thriller with a lot of who to trust, who not to trust, and being on the edge of my seat the entire time. But that isn't what I got. It fell kind of flat some times and the ending was a little unsatisfying. I thought there were some loose ends and unanswered questions, but since this is a series I am sure there is more to come that will explain this.

Eli, though, he was my favorite character. I loved not knowing whether to trust him or not, let alone his intentions. He was probably the best character overall. I am thinking that maybe this will be like Triangle and Tilt with one book from the parent's perspective and then one from the child's.


The ending was unfulfilling. I thought there was too much build up for what the result was. 

Overall: 3.5/5 stars for this one. I hope the rest of the series has more to it than this one did!
About the Author
After eight highly successful young adult novels-in-verse, I decided to explore more mature subject matter and wrote my first two novels for adults utilizing my signature verse-style formatting. I changed directions with my third, Love Lies Beneath, choosing to write in prose to better connect with an older audience, some of whom might be resistant to the
fiction/verse merger.

I will continue to write YA, of course. (My twelfth YA novel publishes Fall 2015.) Teen characters are hugely appealing to me. But some topics I want to write about demand adults as main characters. My first adult novel, Triangles, explores midlife directional changes, and my second, Collateral, follows a Marine couple through four deployments, with the inevitable consequences. Please visit the BOOKS page here to learn more.

Love Lies Beneath is sexy, chilling noir fiction about a woman who has it all—wealth, beauty, possessions; everything, except love, which she finally discovers at forty, after three failed marriages. While everything is perfect at first, things change when the doctor’s teenage son moves in. It’s then the lies begin to appear. But who, in fact, is the liar?

Expect the sequel to Love Lies Beneath in 2016 and more books for mature audiences in the future.
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