Book Review: Pulled Beneath

Pulled Beneath (Bar Harbor Series, #1)
by Marni Mann:
What happens when you uncover years of secrets and find out everything you thought to be true was a lie?

Drew Stevens finds her world turned upside down when her parents are brutally murdered. Soon after, she learns she inherited a property in Bar Harbor, Maine, from recently deceased grandparents that she believed had died when she was a baby.

Drew travels north to settle her grandparents’ estate, but finds more questions than answers as the truth starts unraveling. What she didn’t expect to find was Saint, whose reputation is as tumultuous as his past. But the very thing that brings them together is the same thing that keeps them emotionally caged.

With Saint's scars so deep and Drew's so fresh, can the pair heal from their painful wounds or will they be pulled beneath the darkness of their pasts?

TeriLyn's thoughts: 5++ Stars

**ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for honest review**

Marni Mann’s stories are unstoppable forces. Pulled Beneath is no exception. The development of alluring characters and the exploration of new feelings in a descriptively serene setting woven together with an undeniably captivating plot creates a new adult story that will hook you from the very first words. There is a beauty inherently ominous about Ms. Mann’s stories; her writing laced with haunting mystery and vulnerability. Caged, trapped, drowning - these words are reflective of the lives of the two main characters and Drew’s story itself. It’s about freedom from those feelings, the life altering journey it takes to purge the turmoil causing them, and ultimately accepting these feelings as an added layer to your soul. The promise of Ms. Mann’s storytelling is her ability to constantly remind us of the light at the end of a dark tunnel. Her stories resonate so much with her readers because there is never a false hope of immediate resolution to the angst that plagues the two main characters as well as the secondary characters in Pulled Beneath. It’s a hope that the light will shine more often than not. Ms. Mann manages to show us the light via a heart breaking journey, true to real life; a testament to the strength and honesty in not only her characters but in her writing.

The road less travelled is often the path to redemption, this being the case of these very unique characters. Drew is a strong heroine; stronger than she even realizes. She’s vulnerable in a lot of ways and I find certain strength in her vulnerability that allows for healing and acceptance. She’s searching for something unknown; that act alone is an admirable one. Drew handles her trip to Maine (the unknown) as a means to an end. But, the plot progressed so eloquently the reader’s awareness is muted and we don’t know if the trip really is an ending or a new beginning. Drew meets an intriguing cast of characters in Maine the most alluring of whom is Saint. Saint in a word is enigmatic; just as captivating as the plot. He’s the promise of freedom. He’s someone the reader craves just as much as Drew craves him. He helps her breathe in such an instinctual way as if he was created just to balance her angst, shocking them both as a kindred spirit. Saint comes with angst of his own though adding to his mystique. The relationship cultivated between Drew and Saint, from the moment she senses him, is completely visceral. We understand the depth of this reaction thanks to the descriptive writing because Drew and Saint actually spend limited time together at first. They don’t mince words; they don’t even need words to ease the tension they each carry. It just happens. The secondary characters are really great too. There’s a level of intimacy revealed adding mystery to each one of them that we’re left needing to know their stories as well.

In the interest of preserving the plot I hope this hasn’t been too vague. My thoughts and feelings could never do a great story such as this justice but I hope I’ve managed to intrigue you. This is an exceptional new adult story that will pull at your heartstrings. There is so much more to this story than the relationship between Drew and Saint. Drew’s self-discovery is a journey all by itself. It’s the journey that’s most important. Pulled Beneath is the promise and the fear of the unknown; a perfect balance between freedom and angst. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Bravo, Marni Mann.

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Lori L. Clark

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