Tara knows what she wants from life: wealth, handsome men,
and delicious liquor. Having been through three marriages,
she's convinced love isn't in the cards for her, if it
exists at all, until she meets a dashing surgeon, Cavin
Lattimore. Cavin has everything she's looking for and
As the two quickly fall for each other, Tara begins to
suspect that not all is as it seems, not to mention
mysterious messages threatening her are adding to her
stress. Tara may have found all the happiness she
she may be in more danger of losing something precious to
her than ever.
Ellen Hopkins knows how to perfect tension in a book, and
she expertly delivers that skill in LOVE LIES BENEATH.
the beginning, the edginess of Tara's story is close to
cutting, and you know only disaster can be impending.
Hopkins signature poetic voice works well in prose form
time with decisive, punctuating sentences that still carry
smoothness to them. The often shorter chapters fly by as
Tara falls deeper and deeper into Cavin's world while
to sort through the mysterious messages in her own.
Though the plot will keep you guessing, it does get
from time to time. There isn't so much a strong climax as
crucial twist in the very last few pages, which left
something to be desired. The conclusion isn't terribly
unexpected, making the ending a bit of a letdown. However,
readers who love the journey of suspense and intrigue will
still find this a very satisfying story.
Though the plot was a little disappointing, LOVE LIES
BENEATH is a tension-filled thriller full of lush romance,
sexy mystery, and powerful writing from Ellen Hopkins.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of
Collateral “is at her best in this outstanding novel
written in gorgeous prose…a sex-filled masterpiece of
mystery and romance” (Library Journal) about a woman
caught in a love affair that could be her salvation—or her
Once a widow, twice divorced, Tara is a woman with a past
she prefers to keep hidden. She’s gorgeous, affluent, and
content living alone in her flawless San Francisco mansion.
That is, until she meets Cavin Lattimore—the charming
surgeon who sweeps her off her feet following a ski accident
in Lake Tahoe. But as her recovery progresses and her love
life flourishes, Tara notices some suspicious incidents—an
unusual van parked outside her home, a break-in, threatening
text messages, and distressing emails. She can’t help but
notice the cracks in Cavin’s “perfect” persona, including
the suppressed rage his conniving teenage son elicits.
Housebound and on crutches, Tara depends on Cavin—perhaps to
a dangerous degree—as she juggles difficult relationships
with her envious sister and best friend, her irritable
brother-in-law, and her estranged mother. However perfect
Tara’s life may have appeared before, new events are
starting to expose what lies beneath.
Writing for the first time in prose, Ellen Hopkins unveils a
brand new form that’s fresh, smoldering and emblematic of
her celebrated poetic voice. Injected with a signature dose
of suspense, sex, and drama, Love Lies Beneath
delivers right up to its shocking and unexpected conclusion.