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The Girl Beneath the Sea

por Andrew Mayne

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  joyblue | Aug 20, 2021 |
I think that The Girl Beneath the Sea was the perfect thriller for me to bring on vacation. When choosing a vacation book, it’s nice to have something that isn’t too in-depth or complicated so that you can just relax and not feel so emotionally invested, we are still being vaguely entertained. At least, that’s how I do it. The Girl Beneath the Sea had a fairly simple premise, and left no surprises. I was able to read most of the book in a single day, and more than anything it was satisfying just to have it off my TBR.

Sloan McPhearson is not a particularly memorable character. She is a cookie cutter style low level cop with a unique ability. She has a daughter and is unmarried and unattached, although she is still good friends with her daughter’s father, Run. We see more of her father in this book then we do of her daughter, although Mayne continuously uses the safety of Jackie to motivate Sloan‘s behaviour. One of the things that bothered me the most about this is that the reader is only told a little about Jackie and Sloan’s relationship, but we never really get the opportunity to see either of them in a more humanitarian light. There was a development in the last couple chapters which revolved around one of Sloan’s greatest fears coming to pass, except from Sloan’s behaviour, you wouldn’t know that was happening, and the fact that the two characters showed up where and when they did made no story sense.

I thought there could be more development of Sloan’s father, or at least her uncle. It seemed like there were a lot of missed character opportunities in this book that were buried under the need to have a fast moving plot and some sensational moments. The book would have been much more successful if Payne had focused more on developing his characters and world and relationships instead of writing another non-memorable thriller that you know the ending of right after you’ve started the book.

That’s one of the best things about reading a thriller, the guessing and second-guessing along the way while you try to figure out who done it. This book was so predictable, and characters jumped to so many conclusions without any hard evidence in the background that it was easy to see from early on where the story was going to go and what would happen at the end. A lot of the ties between Sloan and the other characters are tenuous at best, and I did not feel like the occurrences in The Girl Beneath the Sea justified for the way that the book was written. It may have moved at a steady pace, but in many ways it still wasted time because there was nothing very special, interesting, or surprising about this book.

If you enjoy paperback thrillers, then I am sure you will like The Girl Beneath the Sea well enough. It is not a memorable or exciting book, but it is a good quick beach read if you’re looking for something a bit more of like a police procedural than a fluffy romance. It is not my favourite book and I know I won’t read it again, but I can definitely see the market for books like this. If you decide to read it, I hope you really enjoy it. ( )
  Morteana | Aug 2, 2021 |
Sloan McPherson is a recovery specialist for the Florida police. She hails from a family with a shady background: salvage specialists, who are not above smuggling. Her uncle is in prison. She is trying to make amends, and while diving for work, a dead body is tossed into the water where she is working. Sloan is tough, but takes a lot of risks, especially with a young daughter and an estranged father. For me at least, this plot was highly implausible, and Sloan's miraculous escapes beyond belief. I liked George Solar, who inexplicably aided Sloan repeatedly, after being the one responsible for putting Sloan's uncle in prison and a pariah to the McPherson family. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
She's not wanted for murder. Yet. But the coincidence of a dead body dumped by drug gangs on the exact site where Sloan McPherson is diving for artifcats staggers the imagination. After losing her part time gig as a cop and coming under investigation by the DEA, the state police, the local police and several other federal agencies, Sloan decides she needs to solve the mystery to restore her reputation. But her only apparent ally is the retired cop who put her uncle in jail for drug smuugling. Can she trust him? And what choice does she have with government agencies, corrupt government agents, and drug lords all trying to kill her? Mayne weaves a compelling tale of intrigue and adventure couple with good characterizations that invite the reader into deeper participation in the story. There aren't a lot of plot twists, but enough to keep you reading. The book is a quick read and sets up some likely sequels. This is my 3rd or 4th of his books, and I enjoy reading them, he writes smoothly and tells stories in a way that keeps the pages turning until you are suddenly done. This is another good one. ( )
  Al-G | May 14, 2021 |
This book was fun to read, but I don't know how realistic some of the situations were (or could be). ( )
  turtal30 | Apr 19, 2021 |
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