Undertow by S.M. Stelmack


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Wow! I think it’s safe to say that this book had me compelled right from the start. It was a journey which was completely different to the books that I have recently been reading. The story takes you on an underground adventure which is expressed so well and realistically that there is not a chance you will be bored for a second.

In this book, there are described as being tunnels under New York in which people dwell up to the deepest parts, including people who have long forgotten about humanity. Now Jack had an interest in their world all his life and after being captured for two years and having his humanity nearly stripped from him but somehow managing to escape, he tries to live a quiet life. It’s based on two people; Lindsay and Jack who were best friends at childhood and now after 20 years they land back in each other’s lives.  Lindsay is intent on rescuing her niece and to do so would require Jacks help. They find themselves in the presence of all kinds of people who have resorted to living in darkness and underground due to circumstances where they had no choice. There’s constant action that has you on the edge, thinking about what more could possibly happen that hasn’t already. I know the cover and blurb can be a little misleading into thinking this is young adult but I just want to point out that this is NOT young adult but it’s an adult book.

I don’t normally indulge in a book that contains some fantasy element within it but I have to say this was refreshing. I do not regret reading this one bit and hopefully, neither will you. I think the authors did a fantastic job is telling the story, it was written so well that I had a hard time taking a break from reading. Also not every author can pull off writing in third person but S.M. Stelmack managed to do a great job. I felt like I was going along the journey right beside Lindsay and Jack.  There were even some views from other characters such as Lindsay’s niece Seline, which added to make the story more enticing and attractive.

The love story between Lindsay and Jack is also a main point in the story. Being as close as they were while they were young, they both liked each other but due to circumstances they never had a chance to take things further. It’s also the perfect kind of romance, where they have something deeper and it’s not a case of instantly falling for each other. They begin to discover new things about each other and as a reader; you are left constantly wondering whether they will be able to overcome the issues and differences they both have.  It also wasn’t unbelievable and didn’t consist of flowers and chocolates but it had a sort of darker feel to it which fit in perfectly with the characters due to their own slow learning of what they really mean to each other. They had some really steamy and enticing scenes between them which only added to make me like them more.

I have to say that Lindsay is a heroine worthy of applause. There are very little female characters in books that remain strong in their cause and don’t question their decisions. Lindsay is one of them. When she decides on doing something she sticks to it. She’s strong, independent and never gives up on the people she cares about.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that will have you constantly wondering about what happens next as there’s always something new to discover.The authors have done a fantastic job in bringing to reality creatures and darkness from a world underground. As unrealistic as that may sound, they have managed to bring that world to life through the usage of words. I will be eager to read the next part and find out what happens next! It was an amazing book experience.

“Still not used to the light?” she said softly.
“Sometimes it still takes me by surprise.”
“Because you expected it to be one thing and it’s another.”
He turned to her and the sun glowed warm on his face. “Because,” he corrected quietly. “Because she burns so bright. Better than anything I could ever imagine.”

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/search/ref=x_gr_w_bb?keywords=9780991869817&index=books&linkCode=qs&tag=goodreads_uk-20

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