Reviews of Beneath the Surface
Just Simply Fantastic
"Natalia wakes up completely disoriented to her own life. She doesn’t remember marrying the man who says he’s her husband. She thinks that another man and his children are her own. She has no recollection of her own elite event planning business in Switzerland. Her husband, best friend, neighbor, and even her parents insist that the children and husband she believes to be hers never existed. I was drawn to this book because for personal reasons. In my own life, I suffered two strokes at the age of 52. I understand waking up and not knowing where you are or who you are married to, even though you’re in your own bed and have been married for decades. The disorientation and desperation come through in this novel and even if you haven’t suffered any kind of traumatic event in your own personal life, I can attest to the fact that the words ring true.
The author takes you on the journey of a woman in extreme mental and emotional torment, who must function in a world that is totally foreign to her perceived reality. The writing is exquisite. Kudos to the author for creating this realistic world with mere words! This book is not light reading if you’re the type of person who immerses themselves in a book. It will leave you wrung out and thinking about it after you put it down."
5.0 out of 5 stars - I found the story a fantastic entertainment; delivering a good narrative and plot alongside ...
5.0 out of 5 stars
By Lit Amri for Readers’ Favorite
"Natalia’s husband is James, and her children are Anna, Allan, and Ben. However, she wakes up to find herself with a different husband and children who insist that they are her family. She knows that she quit her job three years ago, and yet now she owns an event management business. Her neighbors, friends and even her own mother are adamant that this is her life, and the one acting strange and worrisome is her. But why do her memories firmly suggest otherwise?
Beneath the Surface by Heather Nadine Lenz is an intriguing story set in the beautiful city of Zurich, Switzerland, which gives us some wonderful descriptions of the country. We follow lead character Natalia’s quest to find the answers while trying to live her alternate life as best as she can. The element of mystery is deftly developed through the plot. Readers will find themselves getting more curious page after page, wondering which reality is truly Natalia’s. As the mystery unravels, links appear between characters and strands of the narrative in a satisfying way.
The plot is appropriately paced and the prose is engaging. The story deeply assesses our innermost impulses to achieve a more desirable life, and that itself is a thought provoking notion to ponder. I found that Natalia’s reflections on her life and marriage to Evan compared to her life and marriage to James in her memories are relatable and will resonate with many readers. Simply put, Beneath the Surface is a solid debut from Lenz and I enjoyed it."
5.0 out of 5 stars - Lots of Plot Twists
By- Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite
"Beneath the Surface by Heather Lenz is a seamlessly written story of Natalia who is suffering from a total blank of her previous life and exhibits a perfect blend of confusion and wonder as did I, the reader. The story begins with Natalia waking up one morning and being in a life she cannot remember; married to Evan with three children, Nick, Nathan and Annabelle. She is confused because she believes that her children are named Ben, Allen and Anna and she is married to James. Natalia, not wanting to admit she is having a real problem, gets dressed and goes to work. At work she is on auto-pilot but also does not remember anything of this part of her life. Natalia owns a party planning company with her best friends Mary and Michael working as her trusted assistants. As the story continues, her family insists that she is in fact married to Evan and Nick, Nathan and Annabelle are her loving children. Natalia strongly believes that she is really married to James and Evan is married to her best friend Eva. The story takes some twists and turns and to tell you more would ruin everything, so I strongly recommend reading this to untangle the mess and find out the truth. Beneath the Surface is a well written story that will keep you guessing until the very end. I really enjoyed the writing style of Heather Nadine Lenz and cannot believe this was her first book as it is written with great taste, imagination and love. I am hoping that there is another book coming soon and that it will continue the story of Natalia, Evan, James and Eva. Beneath the Surface is a great read on a cold winter night snuggled in a warm bed. I highly recommend Beneath the Surface as it is a five star winner."
5.0 out of 5 stars - A must-read if you are the curious type!
By Carol Coetzee for Readers’ Favorite
"Natalia wakes up one morning and her life is turned upside down. Evan, a dear friend of hers, is in her home with three children, Annabelle, Nick and Nathan. The children call her Mom and Evan says he is her husband and they have been married for eleven years. Natalia is convinced that she is married to James and they have three children, Anna, Allan and Ben, and that Evan is married to her best friend, Eva. She does not know what is going on. It is apparent that everyone thinks she is insane; Evan, her children, her neighbors, her parents. They all tell her that Evan is her husband and the children are hers. She is apparently a successful event planner with her own company, and Evan spends his days looking after the children. However, her memories are different. She remembers being married to James and that she stopped working to be with the children. Her subconscious memory leads her to Elegant Events, where she finds her friends Mary and Mike, who both call her boss. She tries her best to fit into this new life but is constantly bombarded with different memories. Travel along as we try to find the truth. Is she losing her mind?
Beneath the Surface is a scintillating read by Heather Nadine Lenz. Beneath the Surface is an extremely tense and exciting novel. It had me hooked from the beginning and held me hostage throughout the book. I was at times convinced there was a secret plot afoot, other times that Natalia was losing her mind, and yet sometimes that she was ill. The story is extremely well told, and it gives you a wonderful insight into the confusion Natalia experiences on this journey. You feel it with her, holding your breath trying to figure it out, and sometimes want to scream in frustration. You want to hold her, help her, but definitely drag her off to a doctor! The desire to know what is going on will keep you reading non-stop. Is she crazy and in need of medical attention? Has she bumped her head and developed a concussion? Perhaps a brain tumor? Why does she have these memories of a life that obviously is not hers? Why are the memories so real to her, whilst so obviously not true. A must-read if you are the curious type! In fact even if you aren't, this is one mystery you must solve!."
By Theory James
"The author drew me in instantly with a vivid and tense writing style that caused me to draw to attention and take notice of Natalia and the struggles that she experienced, I experienced along with her. It is evident that there is something up, but exactly what that is would have to be unfolded and I stayed in tune with the process from beginning all the way to the end. The author has such a way with words, a captivating style. The story flows with intention. The characters like Evan and Natalia are well developed and entirely likable. The story has a layered sensibility that isn’t common in this genre. When I realized that Natalia couldn’t exactly remember her family things quickly made sense and I felt for each and every character as I could feel the kind of confusion and pain this had to have created in each of their lives. Can you imagine being a child and your parent not knowing who you are. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination as it is all laid bare right on the page. I could go on and on, however all I can say is this book is excellent, well written and entirely captivating. There are up and downs, twists and turns and ultimately one cannot help but to take this emotional journey. The only warning… make sure you have plenty of time to spend on this one, as you are not going to want to miss a moment and interruptions will send you on edge. A seriously talented author!"