Review: Underwater by Julia McDermott


2 stars

Read from February 29 to March 12, 2016 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Synopsis: After years of guilt over a long-ago tragedy, Candace Morgan is finally poised for success. The CEO of her own women’s shapewear company, she’s about to launch a new swimsuit line—and make a fortune. When she is guilted into loaning her brother a huge sum of money for real estate, she believes she’s simply fulfilling a family promise. In reality, she’s enabling a devious sociopath…and now, she’s roped into the renovation from hell.

For years, Monty Carawan has envied his sister’s wealth. Spiteful and self-centered, he’s convinced that her success came at the expense of his own future. But when the housing market plunges and Candace attempts to disentangle herself from Monty’s mess, her brother’s malicious streak brings the family tension to a dangerous boiling point.

Bookish Things: 308 pages. The cover is lovely and goes well with the story.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.81 or paperback for $11.99

My Review: 

Underwater really was too slow to start and the little momentum it built about 2/3 of the way in, just couldn’t redeem the slow plodding pace.

Candace is our main female lead, and for once she was reasonably intelligent, a successful business woman and confident in herself… except when it came to dealing with her slime ball of a brother, Monty.

The sad thing is, Candace was too snobby and bitchy, she was too used to the finer things in life and I felt she had little depth to her character. I couldn’t get close enough to her to like her, or feel anything for her. While what Monty was doing was horrible, I just couldn’t connect.

Monty was an all round manipulative and sleazy character… which was a good thing, but the problem was, he was so horrible I felt nothing for him either. And while that’s not necessarily a bad thing to have a character the reader hates, what happens at the end really was an anti-climax after so much manipulation and general horribleness on Monty’s part.

Overall, the story had way too much day-to-day minutiae that it almost felt like I was at work. The reading became a chore and that’s really a bad sign. Where three paragraphs were taken to describe the communications between Candace and her team of staff, really could have been explained in two sentences with the same result.

I won’t rush to read anything else by the author, this was just too slow and too shallow for my tastes.

A few things I noticed:
20% – …make him a (delete a) more of a…
25% – …that she was (delete was) wouldn’t be gifting…
58% – …want to pay for more(delete more) any more work…

**Note: I received an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**


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