Book Review: Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote
ashley | I’ve been fascinated lately with stories about people who are deeply betrayed by the people they thought they knew. Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote sets the scene for a woman who realizes her husband might be a killer. How much more betrayed can you get?
This tries to be a twisty turny thriller leading you in one direction, then jolting you into another, leaving you not certain who to believe. The overall story was well thought out and in the end, all the pieces came together well, but the overall feeling I got from this was rather unimpressive. Nothing wowed me, nothing was all that new. It seemed like it was over detailed in the wrong places and fell flat in others, the pacing felt off and everything seemed a little one dimensional to me, just words on a page that didn’t really jump out at me, but rather just monotonously recited facts from one scene to the next and often avoided going any deeper, much like the characters did in their own conversations.
I can’t say I really liked any of the characters. Carmen was a contradiction for me, she always said one thing and did another. Her insecurities and lack of self worth made it hard for me to find her inspiring. I understand her questioning and loyalty but I feel like her marriage happened super quick and while it was full of a lot of lies, they never seemed particularly happy or close even before everything started to come out, which made it hard for me to empathize with her situation and not want to knock some sense into her for some of her naive and gullible actions.
It wasn’t until the end that I actually enjoyed this, so I’m glad I pushed through and kept reading. The payoff was worth the wait and I didn’t totally sort it all out ahead of time so that was also redeeming. But for me, it was a rather messy and disconnected journey getting there.
June 13, 2017