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Beneath the Surface

Read the heart-wrenching new novel by Amazon best selling author, Tara Marlow

“Heartbreaking…heartwarming…sad…joyful…overwhelming! I can’t say enough about this book. I would give it six stars if I could.”

– Goodreads Review


Grace has been on the run for as long as she can remember. She doesn’t know why, but her father insists it’s the only way.

As Grace clings to her mantra, Finish high school. Turn eighteen. Freedom., her life in Sydney is fraught with uncertainty. 

With only months to her eighteenth birthday, Grace wonders if she’ll survive that long. John would never win Father of the Year. 

Her recurring nightmares have her terrified. A red suitcase. Thorns. A phone number she can’t remember. And blood. Way too much blood. 

When Grace meets Lowell, she finds a kindred spirit. She feels safe, but remains guarded for fear of her father’s reaction. The distant memory of her mother haunts her. Is she the reason they are running?

Grace knows how to blend in when she needs to. It’s the one thing her father has taught her how to do best. Her friendship with Lowell may be the lifeline she needs, but trusting an outsider comes with its own risks. 

Will Grace risk everything to learn the truth of who she is and what lies Beneath the Surface? 


“This story came to me in a dream. I woke thinking I should write it down… and kept writing for eighteen hours. This was the first novel I wrote and it went through multiple renditions before I was ready to put Grace’s story out into the world. I hope it both thrills and soothes your heart.”

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An Amazon reviewer summed up this book extremely well: “Beneath the Surface doesn’t read like a novel FOR teens, rather it is a thriller that happens to be ABOUT a teen.”

The story is confronting and sometimes hard to read. So much so that there is a content warning inside this book.

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