Underneath By M. N. Arzu (Book Review #153)
Posted on December 31, 2017
by Jeyran Main
This review was kindly requested by M. N. Arzu
From time to time I receive the odd kind of book that I am not sure if I am going to like. This book brought me to shame for judging it.
Underneath is book one of A Merfolk Tale. The story is set in Maine where a merman is found injured on the beach. His wounds are so bad that his tail is cut open and it appears that he has been beaten to death. The doctors have never seen a merman, so they are not sure how to proceed in helping him survive. He is then taken under UN authorization to recover somehow.
The merman is identified as Christopher Brooks, the son of a billionaire named Julian who they all presumed was lost at sea. The society and the media are super interested and display a well-expected reaction to the discovery. The fear of the unknown is well displayed in the story.
As news gets out of a merman being discovered, Kate Beates, a reporter begins investigating the case. At first, she believes it not to be true, however, as she pursues her curiosity, she unconsciously discovers secrets that have been hidden for thousands of years. This changes everything.
Clues for identifying Chris’s attackers and reasons for them attempting his life are all a mystery as this breath-taking story keeps you intrigued right up to the superb finale. The literary standard and the layout of the work were so beautifully put together. The characters all had a voice, and everything was portrayed as authentic, and real as possible.
I found the plot to be novel. It had plausible scenarios displaying facts of what would it really be like if the world today did encounter a merman. I especially enjoyed this in the story. I also appreciated the dilemma Chris’s father had in making the right decision regarding his son.
In summary, this book is not like any other. Reading it was a delight and well worth the time.
I highly recommend this book to science fiction fantasy readers and look forward to reading more from this author.
Written by Jeyran Main
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