The Girl Beneath the Sea Book Review

The Girl Beneath the Sea Book Review

Title: The Girl Beneath the Sea
Author: Andrew Mayne
Published: May 1, 2020, Thomas & Mercer
No. of Pages: 328
Cover Price: $15.95 Paperback, $4.99 Kindle

The Girl Beneath the Sea is the first installment of the Underwater Investigation Unit series by bestselling author, Andrew Mayne. The protagonist is Sloan McPherson, who grew up diving with her treasure hunting father and brother; her family has a bad reputation, and her uncle is in prison for drug running. She is a diver for the Ft Lauderdale police and is used by other departments in Florida. In this first novel of the series, Sloan is diving looking for archeological artifacts for her college professor (she is a part-time college student studying for her masters) and comes across a dead body. When she calls it in, she is immediately considered a suspect because the woman was murdered while Sloan was under the water. Sloan has ties to the murdered woman and also her father, and

Sloan is an interesting and unique character, and Mayne develops her well. The supporting characters are also interesting, and Sloan must pair up with a supposedly corrupt retired police officer who put her uncle in prison. There are dozens of different things going on during the course of the novel, and not only Sloan’s investigation, but her diving will keep readers on the edges of their seats. Anyone who has wondered about diving, will learn a lot; the scenes are quite believable, and the author is either a die-hard diver or has done a lot of research.

While the novel has some violence, it isn’t over-the-top, and there is a bit of profanity, which is also not over-the-top. The story flows and is well-written. This is a book that thriller aficionados will want to pick up because it is different from the norm and the diving scenes are fascinating.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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