There’s a body in the water - and she’s wearing your clothes…
Impulsive and intrepid psychotherapist, Juliet Grey, can’t resist responding to an anonymous text message telling her to go to Hammersmith Bridge at dawn. But it isn’t simply the dead body in the water that disturbs her, it’s the way something uniquely personal to Juliet has been left on the corpse.
Another obscure message - another London bridge - and Juliet finds herself caught up with a serial killer, who leaves personal mementos instead of collecting trophies.
Teaming up with local detective, DCI Brad Madison, Juliet strives to find out why she has been targeted and how it’s connected to the accident that killed her brother, nineteen years ago.
Can Juliet use her knowledge of the human psyche to get inside the mind of the killer, before another body is found under a bridge? And how long before Juliet herself becomes the next target?
I love a good book set in London. There's a part of me that enjoys picking out landmarks, bits of "my" London, in the text and feeling a big smug that I actually live here. The Evil Beneath made that very easy using several of London's iconic bridges as crime scenes... I pass over Battersea Bridge to and from work every day! I thought Waines's use of London landmarks was cleverly done.
Juliet Grey is a fantastic character, multi-faceted and with a history as interesting as the rest of the book. I loved that she took charge of the situation, often taking investigative matters in her own hands to get the job done. She had gumption and was an interesting leading lady--not at all weak and feminine as is often the case in thrillers.
Waines is a brilliant writer who knows what she's doing. How she's not been snapped up by a publisher yet is beyond me. She deftly weaves clues and juicy morsels into Juliet's story to create an atmosphere of tension that kept me turning pages until the wee hours, desperate to find out who the creepy murderer was. The combination of a mystery from Juliet's past and the murders with a connection to Juliet twisted together to form a cracking read.
AJ Waines is a Crime Fiction Writer, specialising in Psychological Thrillers. Through her Agent, she has book deals in France (Editions les Escales) and Germany (Random House.
As a Psychotherapist working with ex-offenders from infamous secure institutions, AJ Waines has come head to head with the criminal mind. Her first two stand-alone novels, THE EVIL BENEATH and GIRL ON A TRAIN, feature psychotherapist, Juliet Grey then journalist, Anna Rothman, in modern, grizzly London settings.
THE EVIL BENEATH (taster): A cryptic message, a body under a London bridge and Juliet Grey has no idea why she is being targeted and why her own possessions have been left on the corpse.
GIRL ON A TRAIN (taster): When a woman leaves a locket in Anna's bag before jumping under a train, Anna starts asking awkward questions, but loose ends surrounding an abducted four-year-old boy are only part of the picture and Anna finds herself thrust towards the centre of several chilling revelations.
AJ Waines is interested in unusual psychological disorders and also ordinary people who are faced with extraordinary predicaments or who make terrible mistakes under extreme duress. She loves writing about moral dilemmas, crimes of passion, hidden motives, family secrets and anything hidden under floorboards!
'Having lived in London for 15 years and then moved away, I wanted to write about the places I loved and knew well. It was a semi-nostalgic process, although of course, the events in the story are far darker than any I experienced living there - thank goodness. In THE EVIL BENEATH, I wanted to capture the two aspects of the River Thames; one as a beautiful and majestic presence winding through the city, the other as a sinister force harbouring unexpected offerings.'
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