Book Review: Pulled Beneath by Marni Mann

About Pulled Beneath

pulled_beneath_ebookcoverWhat happens when you uncover years of secrets and find out everything you thought to be true was a lie?

Drew Stevens finds her world turned upside down when her parents are brutally murdered. Soon after, she learns she inherited a property in Bar Harbor, Maine from recently deceased grandparents that she believed had died when she was a baby.

Drew travels north to settle her grandparents’ estate, but finds more questions than answers as the truth starts unraveling. What she didn’t expect to find was Saint, whose reputation was as tumultuous as his past. But the very thing that brought them together was the same thing that kept them emotionally caged.

With Saint’s scars so deep and Drew’s so fresh, can the pair heal from their painful wounds or will they be pulled beneath the darkness of their pasts?

My Thoughts

This is the first of a new series of books by Mann that will be set in her home state of Maine. In this book, a young woman’s entire life is turned upside down by tragedy. A surprise letter leads her on a journey to her mother’s home state and forces her to confront a side of her mother she never knew. At the same time, Drew is thrust into the drama of small town life while she turns to some bad habits to silence the screams that plague her mind.

As with most of Marni’s books, there is a theme of darkness and struggling through painful memories/events. This time, she gives it the beautiful backdrop of a North Eastern fall, filling the book with descriptions that make this Florida girl wish she lived where she could experience proper seasons. The picture she paints starkly contrasts the themes of loss, betrayal, and addiction in the story.

Her characters are deeply flawed people who yearn for something better, something that their own personal demons threaten to take away. Their interactions feel genuine and there are some great bits of dialogue. Through all the darkness, Mann manages to infuse her stories with a sense of hope as well, even when some things don’t work out the way her characters may want.

About Marni Mann

marni mannA New Englander at heart, Marni Mann is now a Floridian inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark and breathtaking journey.

When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, she’s scouring for chocolate, traveling, reading, or walking her four-legged children. Visit her at www.marnismann.com.

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