Beneath the Surface: Sibel Hodge

Holly Gold left the glitz and glamour of London to return to her hometown. After accepting a job writing for her small town’s newspaper, she finds herself covering fluff pieces and events. While she yearns for a harder-hitting story, her life’s monotony is shattered when her childhood best friend, her husband, and her son are all found dead.

By all accounts, it’s a horrific murder suicide. When Holly knew them, they were the picture perfect family. Two doting parents and a son living in a beautiful home with successful careers aren’t the type of people one reads about in the headlines. Holly can’t accept that Dean would kill his parents and then himself. She isn’t the only one who refuses to accept it as fact.

Barbara, Dean’s maternal grandmother, implores Holly to do some off-the record, investigative work. But, when Holly begins digging into the family’s life and the circumstances are it, she finds secrets, lies, and realizations that she never expected.

When ‘Beneath the Surface’ began, I was convinced that I was starting a perfect 5 star novel. It was suspenseful, fast-paced and well-written. While the latter two adjectives remained a truth until the end, the suspense was quickly dissipated. Within a few chapters, the author clearly revealed the causes of the ‘mystery’.

I had initially hoped for a different turn of events in the plot. Without spoiling the book for those who haven’t read it, I will simply say that the plot ended up being less thriller and more of a statement against big industry. I can’t say I disagree with Sibel Hodges views. I actually do
agree. However, I was expecting more of a mystery and thriller than what was delivered.

Holly started off as a champion- fighting for truth and justice. She was a character that made you want to throw your fist in the air and cheer. By the middle, she seemed reduced to a weak, victim-mentality dependent. That was also unfortunate.

These criticisms aside, ‘Beneath’ is a good book. It could’ve been great. However, many readers have/may view it differently and as always, I encourage readers to draw their own conclusion by giving it a go. For me, my initial mental rating dropped to a 4 star one.

Buster Update #1

Friday was one week exactly since Buster’s accident. This week has been much the same as when we had a newborn in the house. Every room I went into required me to bring him along. I carried him. I fed him (by hand). I cleaned up messes. House work was put on hold. Sleep was a privilege. Each waking moment was dedicated his to well-being only.

As Saturday dawned, he seemed to have really turned a corner. He is capable of standing long enough go pee. His last day of antibiotics was on Friday. Though his stomach seems to hae not gotten the memo. I will be thrilled when his #2’s return to normal( sorry TMI). I am still utterly exhausted; however, I can thank him for a two-pound weight loss due to my constant caretaking. The night after we brought him home from surgery was the last time he slept for at least 6 hours straight. Since then, he’s up roughly every half hour, whining, moaning or being restless.

Let me tell you, it is not easy to share a bed with a 55 lb., cone-wearing dog! He slept on his own bed the Saturday after the accident, but then, he insisted on sleeping alongside Mommy as always. The pit bull in him isn’t easily deterred and he’ll be persistent until I let him into bed. He took over my body pillow and I lost count of the headbutts I endured thanks to the dastardly cone!

The cone itself is in horrible shape. Mr. Buster has walked into every single piece of furniture as well as face-first into walls & doorways. My recently re-painted living room looks like someone took a box cutter to the door frames and one wall. In fact, he hit the walls so many times that he literally shattered one side of the cone. Thank God for duct tape! Unfornately for my macho dog, the only tape readily available was hot pink. He’ll live with it. He hasn’t complained yet, anyway.

As for his paw, all 10 stitches are still in tact. The skin looks very healthy & pink, praise God. He will need follow-ups with the surgery center and his vet. Thanks to some very generous donations, these will be covered. I am looking forward to taking him on an actual walk soon and just seeing him be his normal, silly self.