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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Beneath the Surface by Heather Nadine Lenz is freakishly surreal. Natalia awakes feeling trapped within herself. Everything is off, foggy, things are not right. Actually, almost nothing makes sense. Questions invade her mind. Why does she feel so terrible? Who are the children in her home; they call her mommy, but she does not know them. Where are her own children? Why is Evan there instead James, her husband? Evan tells her that she is married to him, not James. Confusion sets in, followed by extreme frustration. Natalia’s world is spinning out of control. This must be some kind of sick joke. Why is everyone lying to her? She goes about her days robotically; she tries to accept this new reality. Natalia simply can’t remember. Weariness envelops her, sleep swallows her up, she drifts away into a world just Beneath the Surface.
Heather Nadine Lenz writes a puzzling tale in Beneath the Surface. The book is mesmerizing! From the very beginning Lenz ensnares the reader with her narrative hook. As a reader, you feel like you are on the edge, trying to make sense of the protagonist's bizarre set of circumstances. The supporting cast of characters encompasses the life of the heroine, molding her, and at times smothering her as she desperately tries to make sense of her life. Is she insane or simply overworked? All of us have endured forgetfulness, especially when life is pressuring us, times when sleep deprivation leaves us in a fog of exhaustion. However, Lenz paints an alternative life for her main character, and keeps you wondering what is real and what is not. Just about the time you think you have gotten a clear understanding, the plot takes a twist, a dive, and plummets into yet another reality. Lenz keeps the reader mystified and guessing up to the climatic end. With every word written, Beneath the Surface pulls at your heart and challenges your soul. It takes you into the world of delusion and reality, and keeps you wondering which one is the truth.