#BlogTour: Undercurrent: JA Baker

A massive thank you to #BloodhoundBooks for allowing me to be a part of this #BlogTour for JA Baker’s #Undercurrent. I had heard awesome things about this book so I’m delighted to have had the chance to review it for the tour!

Huge thanks to #BloodhoundBooks and JA Baker for the ARC of #Undercurrent


What the blurb says:

Phoebe and her disabled husband, Martyn, move into a new house in a village on the edge of County Durham. They plan to lead a quiet existence, a set up that suits them both.

Then Anna, who lives over the road and is bored of spending her days alone, seeks friendship with Phoebe and events take a dark turn.

Phoebe has secrets and is haunted by her past and Anna’s arrival in her life may prove to be the catalyst for her undoing.

What is Phoebe hiding and why are she and her husband so reclusive?

When Anna gets caught in a storm and is rescued by Phoebe the truth becomes apparent and Anna is thrown into danger.

Is there a difference between madness and evil?

My review:

When Phoebe moves into a quiet village with her disabled husband Martyn, the reader just gets a sense that all in the garden is not going to be rosy! Phoebe appears to have an ulterior motive for moving, one that is linked to her past. She is reluctant to get close to her neighbour, Anna, who seems desperate for company – #BadMove Anna, I was screaming at the pages…what a bad move! #Neighbours everyone loves good neighbours! But hell sometimes you just need to stay FAR AWAY!

Undercurrent opens with #TheEscape as a killer hook for readers and just grabs you by the throat before turning back in time to take you on the journey leading to the prologue, and what a twisted journey it is! A cleverly plotted novel which leaves the reader with the fear!

Oh Phoebe, Phoebe, Phoebe, what a dark horse she is! I disliked her from the start I’m afraid and with very good reason; what an unreliable narrator that lady is, a twisted character and the reader is wary of her from the beginning! Her husband, Martyn is clearly an instigator in what is happening and his character made me sway from anger to sympathy as the book progressed! Anna, their neighbour, was a bit of a wet blanket for me; I found myself getting frustrated at her throughout the book – oh for goodness sake woman I felt myself saying…stop trying to get so close to the neighbours!

Undercurrent explores the conflict between madness and evil as it becomes clear that all is not what it seems; can people be born evil or is it life experiences that turn people to acts of madness? In Undercurrent, it becomes apparent that experiences in the formative years along with relationship issues have led to current events.

Undercurrent is a dark, psychological thriller which unnerves the reader; it will have you questioning what is fact and what is fiction. I’m not going to lie, I did guess what was going on halfway through the book but this didn’t detract from my enjoyment – I quite like being able to work things out – makes me feel like a #SuperSleuth! It left me with a wee fluttering of panic in my belly – let’s just say I’m not going over to make friends with my new neighbours across the road anytime soon!

About the author:

J.A. baker was born and brought up in Middlesbrough and has a love of local history and genealogy. She is married to Richard, has four grown up children, a grandson and an over excitable dog called Theo who is definitely the master of the house and licks to death anyone who is brave enough to enter.

She works full-time in a local primary school as a Teaching Assistant. After gaining an MA in Education & Applied Linguistics with the Open University, she found herself with what is laughingly called spare time and embarked on doing something she always wanted to do – write a novel.

Four years ago she moved house to a village in County Durham and decided to use the area as inspiration for her novel Undercurrent. Her house backs onto the river and has a public footpath run past the end of the garden. Therein the similarity ends!

She enjoys reading many genres of books but thrives on being scared. She is an addict of thrillers, suspense stories and anything that keeps her awake at night yet ironically is frightened of the dark.


To buy the book then head on over to Amazon and get clicking!

Undercurrent – Amazon link



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