Beneath the Surface

34204813by Sibel Hodge
Published July 27th, 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
Thriller
3.5 Stars

Dean Hudson didn’t look evil…so what could drive an ordinary boy to kill?
When the teenage son of Holly Gold’s school friend brutally murders his parents before killing himself, her sleepy hometown is rocked by the sudden tragedy.
Appalled, Holly investigates. What could have caused the happy-go-lucky boy she remembers to commit such a heinous crime? When another teen commits suicide, she uncovers a horrifying link between the recent deaths and a dark conspiracy to hide the truth.
But someone doesn’t want Holly asking questions and, as she hunts for evidence to prove her theory, she’s dragged into a nightmare that threatens her life and her sanity. Then tragedy strikes again—and this time it’s closer to home…

Holly Gold has moved back to her hometown and is too embarrassed to reach out to anyone. She moved out to the city and everyone always assumed she made it big as a journalist but she didn’t. She is still struggling and now works on pointless articles in her hometown.

Tragedy strikes their quiet town when the bodies of her childhood best friend (Jess) together with her husband and son are found in an apparent murder suicide scene in their family home. Dean Hudson killed his parents and took his own life after.

How could a boy Holly remember as so innocent do something like this?

Holly, filled with guilt for not keeping in touch with Jess, makes a promise to her friend’s mother that she will try and find out what really happened. There is no way that innocent little boy would have woken up and killed his family for no reason and she plans on finding out the truth.

When another tragedy strikes, she is certain it could not be coincidental.

But everything is not black and white. The deeper she digs the more she gets herself, and the ones she loves, into trouble.

First of all, the research that went into this book is visible on every page. Sibel Hodge made me feel like I was watching one of the investigative documentaries about the big pharma. She went into so much detail about the legal loopholes the companies use whenever they are caught, the unethical clinical trials and the kickbacks doctors get if they use certain products. But then she went into the whole autism and vaccines thing and… let me not get into it.

But I must admit that it got to a point it felt slow like the story was dragging on and on just to fill up the pages. I had to put it down a couple of times because it was just too dragged out with many unnecessary things happening. It did pick up in the end so don’t give up on it.

The characters were a bit lacking, I did not connect with any of them because they were so one-dimensional. But the story was intriguing enough that I purchased two of her recent works.

If you are into medical dramas/thrillers, this one is for you.

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