Review: What Lies Below by Barbara Taylor Sissel


Release: 2018
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Mystery & Thriller

I remember requesting this book because I liked the “psychic” angle when I read the blurb. Having absolutely loved The Gates of Evangeline & The Shimmering Road, I thought this could be a great story too. And What Lies Below was definitely an addictive and emotional book. However, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

I loved Gilly, the main character of this book. She hasn’t had it easy because of her “gift” and she’s suffered a lot, but she’s still determined to help other people with her visions. At one point, there were so many villains looking for Gilly that I lost count. Her ex-husband’s killer, the baby’s father, Zoe’s abductor… What a dangerous life you’re living, Gilly!

I liked the small town setting for this story, as I thought Wyatt was rather lovely and the perfect place to start a new life. I would certainly move there as well if I had experienced a trauma like Gilly’s! The story gave me a bit of Practical Magic mixed with Sleeping With The Enemy vibes and that’s what kept me glued to the pages. This is the perfect book to read with a cup of hot chocolate beside you. Especially if it’s raining outside.

In the end, though, my main issue with What Lies Below was that I found the story super predictable. There were no shocking reveals and I ended up feeling a bit disappointed when I realized I had been able to guess the why and the who and there were no surprises left. Sometimes I don’t mind it that much, but this time I really wanted to be wrong.

However, if you read the blurb and decide this looks ideal for you, don’t let my review prevent you from reading this book. If you check out Goodreads, What Lies Below has stellar reviews all around.

Many thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review


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