WHAT LIES BENEATH by Andrea Laurence
What Lies Beneath by Andrea Laurence
Reviewed by Vanessa
Cynthia Dempsey wakes up in the hospital surrounded by people she doesn’t know. Apparently, she had been in a plane accident where only three people survived. After several surgeries, she is starting to look normal. However, nothing appears familiar to her. The people that visit her every day claiming to be her parents, the fiancé that sits beside her bed . . . nothing is familiar, not even her own name. Cynthia must figure out how to go on from this point with no point of reference to her past. A friend offers her advice about forgetting who you were, just be yourself, and so Cynthia determines to take that road.
Will Taylor, owner of his own newspaper, feels that he can’t kick the cold, selfish Cynthia out of his life until she completely recovers even though she had betrayed him repeatedly, walked all over his heart, and was extremely spiteful and bitter to everyone else. He feels that she has been through enough by surviving the horrific plane crash and needs someone to lean on for a while. However, things just don’t seem to be the same with Cynthia, and he’s not just thinking physically. It’s this inner quality that seems warmer, more compassionate and caring than before. Will is afraid to risk his heart again with Cynthia as he believes that once her memory returns, then so will the old Cynthia. Can he take the chance?
What Lies Beneath is a fascinating story showcasing the deeper side of a love. It delves past the exterior thereby linking Will and Cynthia in a different way than they had been before. Because for Will, the surface and the label point to the pain that he had endured at her hands and yet the inner core of Cynthia seems to have been renewed. Will struggles with the whole once bitten twice shy scenario, yet he still wants to get to know the new Cynthia in What Lies Beneath and to discover her hidden depths that he never knew existed before.
Both Will and Cynthia embark on a mystery to discover the truth in What Lies Beneath and that was just as intriguing as the whole plot of the story. I truly enjoyed watching Will and Cynthia fall in love, again. I also liked the whole premise of Will working from a point of pain and yet continually trying to overlook it because it was Cynthia who caused the pain for him in What Lies Beneath.
I thoroughly enjoyed What Lies Beneath and could absolutely understand Will’s feelings of betrayal when the truth finally came out. Yes, I wanted to smack him and tell him to listen as well, but I knew that he was operating on a painful discovery. Will had approached the whole relationship from a point of pain and, for him, his own reality, but he did find that things weren’t matching what he believed to be the truth. He was waiting for the old Cynthia to reappear and he teetered in the balance as he waited so that when the truth came out, he reacted instead of acting in accordance with the situation in What Lies Beneath.
I also felt for Cynthia as she knew things didn’t feel right, but the truth was hidden beneath the surface and she couldn’t get to it…yet. But when she did, she had an emotional trauma as well, and she still only wanted to rest in the comfort of Will’s arms while banking on what they had built already in What Lies Beneath. It was a clever little device to make it all click for her as well, and I applaud Andrea Laurence for the use of it.
I totally blame Ms. Laurence for making me tear-up just reading about the acceptance that Cynthia received from some secondary characters when the truth was finally revealed in What Lies Beneath. Yet, I completely understood their point in being there to help her through her darkest hours and getting to know the new Cynthia in What Lies Beneath. I joyfully recommend What Lies Beneath, if only to read a new spin on an old story. I am very glad that I took the risk on this new offer when What Lies Beneath came up for review.