Jan 15 2018

Review for Beneath the Water by Sarah Painter

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 18 Comments

Review for Beneath the Water by Sarah PainterBeneath the Water by Sarah Painter
Published by Lake Union Publishing on February 8th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Historical, Mystery/Fiction, Social Science, Thriller
Pages: 330
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
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Munro House is the new start Stella needs. But it will also draw her back to a dark past…

Devastated by a broken engagement, Stella Jackson leaves her old life behind for a new start in rural Scotland. But when she arrives in the remote coastal village of Arisaig, nothing is what she expected.

At the edge of Arisaig sits Munro House; grand, imposing and said to be cursed by a string of tragic deaths. No less intriguing is its eccentric and handsome young owner, Jamie Munro, who hires Stella as his assistant while he pursues a seemingly impossible aim. Working through the great house’s archives, Stella soon finds herself drawn in by a cache of increasingly erratic letters from a young Victorian woman about her husband, Dr James Lockhart, a man whose single-minded ambition has strange parallels with Jamie’s.

Just as Stella begins developing feelings for Jamie, she discovers that the connection between the Lockharts and the Munros could have sinister repercussions for them both. She’s finally found the life she wants to live—but is it all an illusion?





The Munro House has been surrounded by rumors in the small town of Arisaig, with mysterious deaths over the decades to the strange families that have lived there. With a promise of eeriness and mystery, this certainly caught my attention.

The story opens with Stella going through an awful breakup between her and her fiance Ben. The way things happened, I felt just awful for her too. She packs up some of her things, and goes to stay with a friend and her husband in a small town in the highlands of Scotland to mend her broken heart. This is supposed to a fresh start for Stella, it starts out to be just that. She finds a job in the Munro Manor, assisting an aspiring author. Jamie Munro was very handsome, wealthy and kept to himself but he had this eccentric side to him to him too. He was quite strange and set in his ways, wants complete privacy. Overtime, Stella does learns events that happened in the very house she is living in, and begins to question some of Jamie’s actions.

Stella was a woman that seemed to be smart and head strong, so when people start gossiping about her employer, she doesn’t pay it any mind. It’s a small town, maybe there’s not a lot to talk about. She does however figure out that Jaime is a little off, but her attraction grows for with each day. Upon learning what he was really doing frightened her, so she decides to help him with his extreme medical experiments. Jamie was a risk taker, I felt like the enjoyed the adrenaline that he got from the experiments.The experiments border lined dangerous, but to him they were for the greater good. But, there was more to the story, he was reading letters found while working on the archives sheds a little light on some events that really did happen here, but it always brings a mystery that they need to solve. There were some towns people who didn’t want the truth to be uncovered, so maybe the town talk wasn’t just gossip after all, because there was a little more sinister going on here.

The setting of Munro Manor was gothic and eerie. The manor itself, the rooms to the ground was so easy to imagine. I would visit here, probably would have to check corners, and closets. Now, most reader when reading a thriller want fast pacing, and excitement, this however had a slower pace, allowing all the pieces of the puzzle to fall into place and it was quite suspense. I enjoyed it this way, it me time to digest all the little things that were discovered as well. It definitely made me want to keep reading to see what they learned right up until the last page.

Beneath the Water had complex characters and unraveling them was just a great as the mystery the Munro Manor held. The story was a teeming tale of family secrets, mystery and a dash of romance. Definitely worth the read!



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18 Responses to “Review for Beneath the Water by Sarah Painter”

  1. verushka

    Extreme medical experiments is not what I expected and the link to the past intrigues me so. I like the complexity in this, and not to mention the setting!

  2. Angela

    I wasn’t expecting to see “medical experiments” in your review! Sounds interesting! I also love when stories take place in old manors, they seem to become characters themselves!

  3. Samantha

    I really, really like the sound of this one! I hadn’t heard of it before now but I’m adding it to the TBR list. And that cover!!

  4. Lauren

    Ooo this one sounds so good! I love books with mysterious deaths and complicated family histories. The setting also sounds fantastic, and that’s awesome to hear it has a slow pace. Great review!

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