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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
Things were shaping up to be a good summer for Mae, in spite of the unexpected suicide of her good friend. She was going to spend it with her grandson, Andy, while his parents were away on research, and she was looking forward to this time. When Janie called to let her know that her friend had left her a small parcel of land in her will, Mae was surprised but willing to go with it. Visiting the land ended up being much more of an adventure than anyone could have predicted. Janie ended up taking the other lawyer in her practice, Craig's niece, with her, and before it was all over the four of them - Janie, Craig's niece, Mae and Andy - would travel halfway around the world without even realizing it. From Beneath is a complex tale of another species in conflict with humans, but without humans even realizing they exist. Author Stormy White has developed a multilayered tale that involves a number of stories intertwined within each other, and each one only revealing half the story, and not until all the parts are revealed together does the whole story come together.
From Beneath is part science fiction in that it involves another species besides the human race, but at the same time it seems more fantasy or paranormal than true science fiction. It is well written and complex, in that there are a number of different storylines going on at the same time, and a number of different complex relationships and dialogues. Each one plays a part in the story, but until the very end - when they are all put together - you can't see exactly what is going on in the different storylines that affect the others. There is no sex or violence, although there is some drugging and dependency, but it is overall a very clean story that I would have no problem recommending to readers of any age. It is definitely one of those books that will make you think about life and your own impact on the world after reading.