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Pulled Beneath (2014)

by Marni Mann(Favorite Author)
4.01 of 5 Votes: 4
1620152193 (ISBN13: 9781620152195)
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review 1: Can i say 6/5 stars??!Drews life is turned upside down with the unexpected death of her parents. At an all time low, Drew receives some shocking news: the grandparents she thought died years ago have actually only just passed, leaving her their house and estate. Travelling to Maine looking for some answers, she discovers that everything her life was based on is a lie. Struggling to deal with her grief and her anger towards the parents that can't explain themselves anymore, Drew finds solace in only two things; swimming and Saint.Drawn to the man with cages on his back and a similar need for swimming, she must come to terms with her past and leave the dark water beneath to start truly living again.I can't describe how well written this book is, both grammatically and the st... moreoryline. Hooked from the prologue this story was intriguing and well thought out. With unexpected twists and secrets that were getting deeper and darker, the suspense and characters made me not want to put the book down!The way the author described the surroundings and Drew's passions made it really easy to relate to the character and how she was feeling. I highly recommend the book to anyone who is reading this.
review 2: This book was gifted to me in return for an honest review. Pulled Beneath was a first-time read for Marni Mann. I honestly decided to read this book because I was intrigued by the setting of the story, and it did not disappoint! LOVED the setting: Marni use's (what I assume) is a lot of first hand knowledge of Maine (never been, personally - but now it's definitely on my list!). I really appreciated the detail of the looks, feels, and smells of this small harbor town. I felt like I was there. I found myself relating to Drew very easily and readily. I didn't have any of those 'WTF is she doing?!' moments. Always a plus. Maybe it's just the psych major in me, but I especially loved the element of Drew struggling with her creativity and what she is passionate about (photography) due to the psychological trauma she goes through. Great, great tie-together. Now for Saint. Great, sexy, hott descriptions. Seriously, bravo Marni! Loved how much he is described. I could picture him instantly. I loved his warmth and his protectiveness. He is sweet, caring, strong, comforting and complex. But initially, he came off as a judgmental asshole and I couldn't figure out why he was acting that way. It was intriguing in a 'what the hell?' kind of way. Sometimes in romances, I have a hard time figuring out what attracts the two characters together (besides for basic lust and looks), so I really liked how I instantly understood Drew's attraction to Saint. I liked how he was the one person who seemed to quiet her thoughts and anxieties. And a quick word about Drew's BFF Gianna. She is the most kindhearted, compassionate friend I think I've had the pleasure to read about in a long time. She was always there for Drew, but was straight up and told her what needed to be said, especially when everyone else was tip-toeing around Drew. The story was mostly fluid, but stuck in a few parts for me. However, the subplots of family secrets, drug use, self identity, grief, anger, and understanding were all weaved together coherently. And quite a few surprising twists and turns. Was a quick-read and ended a lot faster than I was expecting it to. less
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