Review: Beneath the Surface by Sibel Hodge

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Beneath the Surface by Sibel Hodge | Rating: ★★★★★

As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

I'm consistently impressed with every novel I have picked up by Sibel Hodge. Each time I check out a book penned by her, it's better than the last. If you're looking for a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, she is fast becoming one of my go-to authors. Beneath the Surface is the type of novel that is thought provoking, heart racing and truly thriller. I finished it in one sitting because it got under my skin and held me in place. I had so many questions.

Similar to the way that Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, Mary Kubica and Megan Abbott, Hodge just has that way with words. Velvety smooth. Dark. Honest. A little terrifying. When I say that she gets under my skin, I mean it--and in the best way possible. Sibel Hodge, in short, reminds me why adult thrillers are my favourite genre a good chunk of the time. I like to get my heart going crazy and to think. I like to be compelled. I'm not going to stress this any further but, I adore the sensations that come with reading Sibel Hodge or any of the other bad*ss ladies I listed above.

I loved the way that Beneath the Surface really took a hold on me with tension. I was a bit put-off at the pacing at first, but then... oh, it just hits you. It comes and goes, you know? If you're wondering about the pacing only to find that this is how it builds up tension and questions in you, then it's a thriller done properly. You just let it happen and it really does, ahem, boil beneath the surface of its audience.

Holly was the biggest trigger of compulsion in Beneath the Surface. I loved reading about her and getting to really know her. There was a lot of spookiness attached to her. There were a lot of questions about who was following her. I think I loved this most. She finds a lot of trauma and changes in this novel and the investigation that follows is truly thought provoking. You can't help but to relate to her for various reasons and then admire her strength and curiosity. It's easy to root for her to find answers and the truth.

Other notes: backstories, reluctance to believe someone she knew could do something so horrible, and a lot more. In the days of the investigation she launches--there's a lot to be said about history and the complexities of human emotions. It's very suspenseful and darkly intriguing. Full of some serious spark--Hodge crafts the perfect read for lovers of mysteries.

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