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Beneath the Surface (Hardback)
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Beneath the Surface (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 11/07/2019
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The stunning new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Betrayals and The Good Girl

'A rich, dark and satisfying read about the complexities of modern family life. I adored it' Jane Fallon
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After a chaotic childhood, Grace Vermuyden is determined her own daughters will fulfil the dreams denied to her.

Lilly is everyone's golden girl, the popular, clever daughter she never had to worry about. So when she mysteriously collapses in class, Grace's carefully ordered world begins to unravel.

Dark rumours swirl around their tight-knit community as everyone comes up with their own theories about what happened.

Consumed with paranoia, and faced with increasing evidence that Lilly has been leading a secret life, Grace starts to search for clues.

But left to her own devices, ten-year-old Mia develops some wild theories of her own that have unforeseen and devastating consequences for the people she loves most.

Beneath the Surface explores the weight of the past upon the present, the burden of keeping secrets and what happens when children get caught in the undercurrents of adult relationships.
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'Neill describes human dysfunction with such compelling empathy . . . richly tense and deeply satisfying. I didn't want to finish!' Hilary Boyd, author of The Anniversary

'With her trademark dark humour and incisive observations of family life, Neill takes the reader on a fascinating, moving and intelligent journey to the truth' Gillian McAllister, bestselling author of No Further Questions

'Beautifully told with great suspense' Rachel Hore, bestselling author of The Memory Garden

'The perfect read to lose yourself in on holiday this summer' Isabelle Broom, Woman & Home Reading Room

Praise for Fiona Neill:

'A novel made for heated book club debates' Stylist

'Vivid and insightful' Guardian

'No one writes about modern family with more truth or authenticity than Fiona Neill' Lisa Jewell

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780718189785
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 629 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Neill describes human dysfunction with such compelling empathy . . . richly tense and deeply satisfying. I didn't want to finish! * Hilary Boyd, bestselling author of The Anniversary *
With her trademark dark humour and incisive observations of family life, Neill takes the reader on a fascinating, moving and intelligent journey to the truth * Gillian McAllister, bestselling author of No Further Questions *
A rich, dark and satisfying read about the complexities of modern family life. I adored it * Jane Fallon, bestselling author of Faking Friends *
One of the most intelligent, engaging and perceptive writers about family life . . . beautifully told with great suspense. It is impossible not to become engrossed in the trials and tribulations of the Vermuyden family as secret histories unravel * Rachel Hore, author of the Memory Garden *
This deft study of family dynamic sees Grace wanting to give her two daughters a better life than she had * Prima, Best Holiday Reads *
An acutely observed story of the complex dynamics of family life and the challenges of navigating young friendships and relationships. Neill has created utterly believable, flawed yet likeable characters and a gripping drama * WI Life *
It's a tense, intricate and whip-smart drama that peels back the lid of a seemingly 'perfect' family and reveals the dark truth underneath. The characters are brilliantly drawn, the bubbling undercurrent of foreboding is palpable and there's a slam-dunk of a twist too. The perfect read to lose yourself in on holiday this summer * Isabelle Broom, Woman & Home Reading Room *
Praise for Fiona Neill * - *
Exquisitely drawn and perfectly realised, no one writes about modern family with more truth and authenticity than Fiona Neill -- Lisa Jewell
Raises all kinds of contemporary issues with wit and sensitivity * Times *
A novel made for heated book club debates * Stylist *
Vivid and insightful, and Neill has a trained eye for the pressures and poignancies of modern family life * Guardian *
A topical, tense and addictive read * Good Housekeeping *
A vivid and insightful portrayal of a family in crisis; Neill's writing is incisive, smart and at times darkly funny. A writer at the top of her game -- Gillian McAllister
Thought-provoking and stands out from the crowd * Grazia *
Neill writes with verve, honesty and breathtaking insight. Utterly unputdownable -- Helen Walsh
Sometimes touching, sometimes shocking * Daily Mail *
A rollicking read that should not be picked up at bedtime, or you'll be done for in terms of a good night's sleep * Stylist *
Neill's characters are so cleverly depicted, you feel as if you've met at least one of them before * Vogue *
Neill's plotting is beyond compare . . . an utterly absorbing account of deception and desire -- Nicola Moriarty
I thoroughly enjoyed this brilliantly observed novel about a family in meltdown -- Kathryn Hughes
Cracking * Prima *
Contemporary issues are tackled here with both humour and realism, making for an engrossing read * My Weekly *
The Hot List * Inside Soap *

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“Disappointing”

This is the first Fiona Neill book I have read and, while it was an interesting look at a dysfunctional family, I didn't really feel I knew the characters by the end or really cared much about them.

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“A compelling read”

A thriller set in the Norfolk fens – the geographical features of dampness, mist and water providing plenty of atmosphere and adding to the drama of the story.

Patrick, Grace and their daughters Lilly and Mia seem... More

Hardback edition
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“An excellent read”

Another excellent book by Fiona Neill. Grace Vermuyden wants her daughters to have the very best start in life, with the close and supportive family bonds she never had in her own dysfunctional childhood. Her older... More

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