Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface : The closer the family, the darker the secrets

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'No one writes about modern family with more truth or authenticity than Fiona Neill' LISA JEWELL

'A stunning, almost hypnotic read that pulls you under. Completely engrossing' Reader Review *****

Everyone is talking about Grace's family.

But for all the wrong reasons . . .

Grace wanted to give her daughters the childhood she never had. And with teenage golden girl Lilly she's never had to worry.

But when Lilly mysteriously collapses at school, Grace's carefully ordered world crashes down. It turns out Lilly isn't the perfect daughter after all and Grace becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth.

Which is when she takes her eyes off her youngest daughter, Mia and learns that the closer the family, the darker the secrets . . .

Beneath the Surface explores the weight of the past upon the present, the burden of keeping secrets and what happens when children get caught in the undercurrents of adult relationships.

'A rich, dark and satisfying read about the complexities of modern family life. I adored it' JANE FALLON

'I can't wait to see what Fhiona Neill will deliver next!' Reader Review *****

'Neill describes human dysfunction with such compelling empathy . . . richly tense and deeply satisfying. I didn't want to finish!' HILARY BOYD

'Riveting, heart-breaking and ultimately uplifting' Reader Review *****

'Well-paced and intriguing' DAILY MAIL
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 24mm | 278g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405935979
  • 9781405935975
  • 7,087

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The Hot List * Inside Soap * Contemporary issues are tackled here with both humour and realism, making for an engrossing read * My Weekly * Cracking * Prima * I thoroughly enjoyed this brilliantly observed novel about a family in meltdown -- Kathryn Hughes Neill's plotting is beyond compare . . . an utterly absorbing account of deception and desire -- Nicola Moriarty Neill's characters are so cleverly depicted, you feel as if you've met at least one of them before * Vogue * A rollicking read that should not be picked up at bedtime, or you'll be done for in terms of a good night's sleep * Stylist * Sometimes touching, sometimes shocking * Daily Mail * Neill writes with verve, honesty and breathtaking insight. Utterly unputdownable -- Helen Walsh Thought-provoking and stands out from the crowd * Grazia * A vivid and insightful portrayal of a family in crisis; Neill's writing is incisive, smart and at times darkly funny. A writer at the top of her game -- Gillian McAllister A topical, tense and addictive read * Good Housekeeping * Vivid and insightful, and Neill has a trained eye for the pressures and poignancies of modern family life * Guardian * A novel made for heated book club debates * Stylist * Raises all kinds of contemporary issues with wit and sensitivity * Times * Exquisitely drawn and perfectly realised, no one writes about modern family with more truth and authenticity than Fiona Neill -- Lisa Jewell Praise for Fiona Neill * - * It's a tense, intricate and whip-smart drama that peels back the lid of a seemingly 'perfect' family and reveals the dark truth underneath. The characters are brilliantly drawn, the bubbling undercurrent of foreboding is palpable and there's a slam-dunk of a twist too. The perfect read to lose yourself in on holiday this summer * Isabelle Broom, Woman & Home Reading Room * An acutely observed story of the complex dynamics of family life and the challenges of navigating young friendships and relationships. Neill has created utterly believable, flawed yet likeable characters and a gripping drama * WI Life * This deft study of family dynamic sees Grace wanting to give her two daughters a better life than she had * Prima, Best Holiday Reads * One of the most intelligent, engaging and perceptive writers about family life . . . beautifully told with great suspense. It is impossible not to become engrossed in the trials and tribulations of the Vermuyden family as secret histories unravel * Rachel Hore, author of the Memory Garden * A rich, dark and satisfying read about the complexities of modern family life. I adored it * Jane Fallon, bestselling author of Faking Friends * With her trademark dark humour and incisive observations of family life, Neill takes the reader on a fascinating, moving and intelligent journey to the truth * Gillian McAllister, bestselling author of No Further Questions * Neill describes human dysfunction with such compelling empathy . . . richly tense and deeply satisfying. I didn't want to finish! * Hilary Boyd, bestselling author of The Anniversary * A sophisticated parable of modern family life . . . Well-paced and intriguing * Daily Mail *
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About Fiona Neill

Fiona Neill is an author and journalist who has written five Sunday Times bestsellers. Her last novel, The Betrayals, sold over 130,000 copies and was a Richard & Judy Book Club selection. Fiona worked as a foreign correspondent in Central America for six years and returned to the UK as assistant editor on Marie Claire before joining The Times Magazine as assistant editor. She has written features for many publications including The Times, Sunday Times Style, and the Telegraph Magazine as well as having written a screenplay of her first novel for the BFI. Fiona grew up in rural North Norfolk and lives in London with her husband and three children.
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319 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
5 15% (49)
4 39% (124)
3 35% (113)
2 7% (23)
1 3% (10)
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