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AN EXTRAORDINARY NOVEL OF LOVE, HOPE, AND HORROR Annabel is a troubled young woman trying to put her life back together. She takes a trip to the Suffolk coast to clear her head and get away from her stifling mother. When she arrives in the little seaside town she discovers a series of grisly murders have taken place. Then a fateful meeting with Jude, a fascinating man whoAN EXTRAORDINARY NOVEL OF LOVE, HOPE, AND HORROR Annabel is a troubled young woman trying to put her life back together. She takes a trip to the Suffolk coast to clear her head and get away from her stifling mother. When she arrives in the little seaside town she discovers a series of grisly murders have taken place. Then a fateful meeting with Jude, a fascinating man who lives in a world of faded grandeur, takes her on a journey of self-discovery. Although Jude is supportive and kind, Annabel is not sure whether her feelings for him are reciprocated. Yet she finds some peace in his beautiful country house which shelters other damaged souls. But Jude comes under suspicion from the police, and the idyllic community is threatened. Can Annabel escape her past or is her destiny sealed? And why is she haunted by horrific visions when she seems on the verge of finding love and happiness? This is Betsy Reavley’s astonishing debut novel which will take you on a shattering journey through Annabel’s dreams and nightmares. It contains scenes some readers may find disturbing. ...

Title : beneath the watery moon
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ISBN : 20873823
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Number of Pages : 308 Pages
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beneath the watery moon Reviews

  • Mark Tilbury
    2019-04-23 23:55

    This book will linger in my mind for a long time.It's written in three parts, with some poetry mixed in, which I enjoyed too. It felt as though Betsy wrote the book, not to conform to other people's 'wants' or to follow trends, but because this is what she wanted to write. And this is why it stands out.There is a lot of violence and torture, and for some people it will be too much. There were parts that made me want to turn away from my kindle, but there is a reason for its inclusion. It helps the author explore all the extremes one person can inflict upon another, and how someone copes with pain and suffering.The way the character of Annabelle is written gets you inside her head. You wonder what the hell is happening and why is it happening with her. I didn't see the ending coming, it was completely unexpected and it worked really well.This is the third book I've read by Betsy and is my favourite. If you can stomach some violence and appreciate novels that stand out from the crowd, then I highly recommend this excellent psychological thriller.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-17 21:02

    This book seems to have received a lot of mixed reviews, after reading it in a way I can understand why.If like me you are a fan of this authors books, it won't come as any shock to know by now that her books very much veer on the dark side. This one though seems to be even darker and I have to admit it probably won't be everyones cup of tea. The first two thirds of the novel follow Annabel who is trying to get her life back together after being in a mental institute. Obviously her mother and brother are concerned for her welfare but she is determined to prove to them that she can do it and the only way is to move out. After a chance meeting with Jude, an opportunity arises for Annabel to move into his home which is almost like a commune. There arn't that many people that live there but they all have their places and seem to fit together well. Annabel feels very much at peace there apart from her feelings towards Jude which confuses her. Jude is one of those people that I think people just draw towards him. He is very much a free spirit and doesn't answer to anyone. I think this unattainable side to him attracts a lot of the females who all seem to have a bit of a soft side for him and think they can change him. Everything seems to be going well for Annabel until the third part of the novel which is where the story takes a very disturbing direction. It's hard to say to much about this part of the story with out giving to much away but it certainly isn't one for the faint hearted and does become quite uncomfortable in parts to read. Saying that though it all felt right in the way that the author handled it and I thought the ending was really within keeping to the whole story. As long as you go into this book with an open mind, it really is a good one. Yes it's uncomfortable and slightly disturbing but I think for readers who like to have their boundaries pushed, it's perfect. Beneath The Watery Moon is a bit like experiencing someones nightmare for yourself. By the end I had goosebumps and it made me feel glad to be wrapped up at home, safe and warm.

  • Alexina Golding
    2019-04-18 17:07

    I've read two other books by Betsy, so know this wasn't going to be an easy read...However it was far more than that. The last book that I had this much sense of dread for a main character was Into the Darkest Corner Elizabeth Haynes, but even then don't be fooled. I love a twisty, graphic novel, but this left me feeling shocked, sick, and sad....Superbly dark and pure graphically gruesome.If you are faint hearted, don'read it.

  • Netta Newbound
    2019-03-28 17:06

    Firstly, I need to reiterate what several others have already said - THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED. If you're into the odd psychological thriller or whodunnit, this book is NOT for you.Wow! I heard this book was a shocker, but how many times do you hear things that, just to be sorely disappointed? And, I'm used to shocking, so it won't bother me... I said. Then I checked out the pretty author and thought, this is bound to be tamer than some of the things I've read... Yeah, right!It started out slow, interesting, but slow. I was certain I'd already figured out who was the killer by halfway through and was just waiting for it all to pan out...Then, Wammy!!!I read the last third of the book in total, wide-eyed, breath-halting shock. No author has made me feel like this since Richard Laymon. If this was a movie, I would've spent the last half behind the sofa. But it wasn't, and I couldn't. Instead, it was projected in graphic technicolor detail where it played out in my mind and I had no choice but to read every word. I'd even go as far to say I was actually traumatised by one scene in particular. Without a doubt, this book will stay with me for a long time to come.

  • Bill Ward
    2019-04-25 18:54

    This book will be like Marmite. Most people will either love or hate the book. I am a bit in the middle. I appreciate the quality of the writing but it does seem like two books that have been pasted together; The first and second half are so different! Still worth a read and you should form your own opinion.

  • Robin Lee
    2019-03-27 19:05

    Well, I am glad I didn't start with this first book of her's that she wrote. If I had I probably never would have picked up another one of hers to read. I started with "The Quiet Ones" and "The Optician's Wife " and I am so glad to see that her writing has improved. This book started of really good, great premise and plot. It's all narrated in first person with poetry in between. Great depiction of someone afflicted with an extreme mental illness, Bipolar Disorder. Annabelle trying to recover and get her life back on track. You get this whole part , cult/love story, then to only find out it was all in her mind. It ends up really being an abduction by a serial killer and pure, extreme torture that had me sick and flinching at times.. Now I could handle that, but was most disappointing is there is no resolution to the end. "NOTHING" at all just death. She even apologizes for just giving us "Death". You don't know the identity of the serial killer or if he is ever caught. You don't even know at what point Annabelle is abducted or where for that matter. If the Cult/Jude was all just fantasy made up in a sick girl's mind.. So, please read before buying.

  • Pamela Scott
    2019-04-19 20:59

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...I really didn’t enjoy Beneath The Watery Moon. I’m a fan of the author and was looking forward to reading this. I find myself wondering what the hell I just read. There are some pretty gruesome torture scenes from about the halfway point of this novel. I’m not squeamish at all but I felt like these were over the top and pointless at times. I don’t need to be hit over the head with a hammer to get the point. For pages and pages there was nothing going on apart from Annabel being tortured. I need a bit more thank you. The book lost any point after several pages of this and became distasteful. The opening sections of Beneath the Watery Moon were really well written with Annabel joining the commune and falling for Jude. I did think he was being set up to be the killer and am glad (sort of) that he’s probably not. Then the author pulls that awful it was just a dream, none of it happened trope and oh dear, Annabel is being tortured and raped every day by a sadist. I felt like I’d read half of two different novels that were stapled together. The latter half of the novel where Annabel is being tortured did not work for me. I felt no connection to Annabel or what was happening. The tone was really weird because it was written in the first person with Annabel’s voice. This didn’t work for me and I wouldn’t recommend it.

  • Lisa-Jaine
    2019-04-27 00:03

    BLIMEY!!! This book is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted. I hadn't read the blurb so went into this book blind. It certainly lulled me into a false sense of security with Annabel coming out of a mental hospital and trying to find her place back within society. The second half of the book is dark and horrific and I simply could not put it down. Beautifully written and chilling.

  • Mrs Beryl J Inch
    2019-04-26 16:21

    I didn't enjoy this book at all. It started with a lovely story and then seemed to lose track completely. I had no idea what was happening and the last half of the book was so utterly gruesome and too terrifying to read, that I skipped over most of it to find out what happened at the end. No a good read if you have nightmares, because this is a very unpleasant horror!

  • Janelle
    2019-03-26 22:21

    This book started out so good. Then it just suddenly turned into another book. It made absolutely no sense at all. So disappointed.

  • Nicki Southwell
    2019-04-10 00:20

    BENEATH THE WATERY MOONWow. Weird or what? It was difficult to tell if I was in a nightmare or someone else was. So brilliantly written and oh so dark.We first met Annabel on her return from psychiatric hospital and now living her mother's house. She relives her journey to where she is now and the difficulties in grasping what is real and what is not.Her recovery finds her on the east coast in East Anglia, setting herself the task of a few days free of supervision. She needs to be unobserved, without the worry of others and their concern about her mental state. She finds it liberating and as her confidence grows she engages with a local man, Jude, who seems to enjoy just her company. By chance she discovers that a serial killer is on the loose in the area, their bodies turning up at the beach. She feels that Jude is looking out for her. This doesn't worry her at all, although her mother was concerned when she realised where she had been staying.She visits a couple of times and the charismatic Jude enables her to see another way of living. She leaves her anxious mother and younger brother to go and live there, feeling this is the way forward.Jude is an oddball but she enjoys his company and eventually is taken to see his ancestral home where a group of people live together as a community. He is well known locally and not surprisingly, he is called by the police for an interview with regard to the murders. She falls for Jude and eventually he feels the same so they take a holiday in Thailand. Total paradise.Then something happens............. I highly recommend this book as it beautifully written and with such a great insight into mental illness.

  • Nicki Southwell
    2019-04-24 22:59

    BENEATH THE WATERY MOONWow. Weird or what? It was difficult to tell if I was in a nightmare or someone else was. So brilliantly written and oh so dark.We first met Annabel on her return from psychiatric hospital r and now living her mother's house. She relives her journey to where she is now and the difficulties in grasping what is real and what is not.Her recovery finds her on the east coast in East Anglia, setting herself the task of a few days free of supervision. She needs to be unobserved, without the worry of others and their concern about her mental state. She finds it liberating and as her confidence grows she engages with a local man, Jude, who seems to enjoy just her company. By chance she discovers that a serial killer is on the loose in the area, their bodies turning up at the beach. She feels that Jude is looking out for her. This doesn't worry her at all, although her mother was concerned when she realised where she had been staying.She visits a couple of times and the charismatic Jude enables her to see another way of living. She leaves her anxious mother and younger brother to go and live there, feeling this is the way forward.Jude is an oddball but she enjoys his company and eventually is taken to see his ancestral home where a group of people live together as a community. He is well known locally and not surprisingly, he is called by the police for interview with regard to the murders. She falls for Jude and eventually he feels the same so they take a holiday in Thailand. Total paradise.Then something happens............. I highly recommend this book as it beautifully written and with such a great insight into mental illness.

  • Lana Scott
    2019-03-26 16:54

    Beneath the Watery Moon is not the easy book to read. If you cannot read the books with the acts of despicable violence, you should pass on this book, however, if you enjoy a good writing, creative storyline and have an open mind, I recommend this book. This book is the debut of Ms. Reavley, and all I can say - it is the damn good one. Ms. Reavley could put in words the acts of unimaginable violence. This book made me feel horrified more than any scary movie I have ever seen. Since I have finished reading the book, I have been thinking about it. The other thing I liked about the book: is that despite the main character's horrific situation, she always remained a hope in her heart and she fought until the end to survive. The other strong point of this book: highly believable characters and good description of someone suffering from a mental illness.Enjoyed reading the book and highly recommend it to readers who enjoy this genre.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-07 16:54

    ChillingI decided to read this book straight after I read Carrion, which left me with a thirst for more from this author.Betsy Reavley tells the story of an extremely troubled young woman who has had a troubled life dealing with mental health issues and her desire to change her life upon release from a psychiatric hospital with tragic consequences.This book is not for the faint hearted. There is beauty and hope and I found myself immersed in the emotions of the main character, which is testimony to the talent of the author in the telling of the story. I felt deep empathy for Annabel and even when I knew that things were not as they seamed, found myself hoping that I was wrong. The story is gripping, emotive, chilling and ultimately dark and disturbing. A fantastic book and as with the authors other book Carrion, I could not put it down.

  • Vikki Richmond
    2019-04-03 22:14

    Could easily have been a fiveIt was actually the bad reviews I read of this book beforehand that made me intrigued. It wasn't nearly as gruesome and disgusting as some of the reviews said. But maybe that says more about me than it says about them. I really loved the writing style, and some of the passages particularly made me think of my own life. The reason for the four is that the part where she was being held by the killer I sometimes found a bit boring, and started skipping bits. But I wouldn't dream of telling someone how they should have written it. All I can give is my opinion. I loved the writing, loved the main character, but would have liked a bit more of something else interspersed with the torture.

  • Lucy Amy Pink
    2019-03-28 22:07

    Some of Betsy Reavley's books have been outstanding and a joy to read (if 'joy' is the right word), but Carrion disappointed and then this one even more so. The horror aspect was unbearable; having to drag myself through page upon page of gruesome rape and torture to reach an ending, that wasn't worth reaching. I don't mind a bit of horror but this was relentless and should have come with a warning! A lot of sentences throughout the book were overly and unnecessarily wordy, as well. Also, all of this author's books on Kindle have had a ridiculous amount of errors in, which is so distracting and something I will be contacting the publishers about.

  • Brittney Gamble
    2019-04-01 23:21

    Not the best! I didn't hate this book. It was actually hard to put down and I found myself anticipating the end. It did drag on and I felt like it was repetitive especially near the middle to end. I HATED the end. I really expected more from the story. At least some sort of ending, but it didn't deliver. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this. I have read her other books and enjoyed them, this was my least favorite of hers. It could have been better in my opinion. It definitely left a lot to be desired.

  • Linda Hardy
    2019-04-09 19:09

    What can I say about this book, it started out so well and left you wondering where the story is going, but as you get into it, oh my god, the story is horrific, I wanted to stop reading, and that is not because the book is horrific, no, its because the storyline is horrific, I don't want to give anything away but a serial killer is on the loose and it is described in graphic detail what he does to the girls and it is horrendous, this book is not for the fainthearted.

  • Andrea Ingram
    2019-04-01 19:54

    Took a strange turnI'm not really sure how to review this book. I started reading it thinking it would go in one direction but it veered in a weird way. This "twist" felt disjointed as if it were two separate stories. While I know not all stories need to have neat endings this one left me unsatisfied. Over all I thought it was interesting. I wish certain aspects of the characters or story had been explored as opposed to the large amounts of descriptive details.

  • Candice Mckinney
    2019-04-02 16:52

    I don't quite know what to say about this book. I generally choose what I read carefully and like most of them. This is the most horrific book I have ever read. But I finished it. It is very well written, charcters are well defined. I am giving it 3 stars. The subject matter is horrible. But the way the main character, Annabel handles the horrible situation she has found herself in is facinating. The book is not for everybody. I am looking for something light to read after this one.

  • Alan C
    2019-04-01 23:59

    Rubbish!!! The first two-thirds of this novel are tamer than 'The Wind in the Willows' and the final third is a catalogue of suffering perpetrated by one individual on another with the inevitable outcome. The blurb hailed it as a 'psychological thriller with a stunning twist'........needless to say I was neither thrilled nor stunned!!Previous reviewers 'bigged' it up, all I can say is, 'they need to get out to the library more'.

  • nichola martin
    2019-04-02 00:09

    Very poor ending!I enjoyed reading this book but I felt the torture part was far too long and the ending really disappointed me. To be honest I could not decide what was real anymore. Annabel is a very interesting young woman and I felt that as you didn't find out anything about the murderer or the point of view of Annabel's family it was a pointless read.

  • Shirley
    2019-04-01 17:10

    I wasn't keen on this book for the first half, I didn't like the writing style and I wondered where the story was going with its incessant over the top describing of everything. Then the second half kicked in and - WOW!! That part made for very disturbing reading, so much so that I had to keep putting the book down to recover before I carried on reading!

  • Sa
    2019-04-02 16:09

    This book contains rape, brutalization, torture.The blurb doesn't have a strong enough warning.I kept reading because I wanted to know what was going on.The first half kept me mildly interested enough to keep reading.The book was way too long for such a thin plot and the ending was horrible.I guess every story can't have a HEA.

  • Maggie May
    2019-04-16 18:09

    I found this book disturbing. The first three-quarters of the book were good, well-written, and a real page-turner.The last quarter was grotesque. Unpalatable horror upon horror, repulsive visual imagery of the most dreadful acts. And no resolution, no ending of any kind. Don't waste time reading this. Please.

  • Jen88
    2019-04-21 19:09

    What a book. I've just finished it and I think I need a lie down. In places it was a little slow, which is the reason I've not given it 5 stars but the language is lovely and the story is heartbreaking. It's completely original and unexpected. I don't want to ruin the finale so I'll simply say read it!

  • Jen88
    2019-04-06 17:21

    What a book. I've just finished it and I think I need a lie down. In places it was a little slow, which is the reason I've not given it 5 stars but the language is lovely and the story is heartbreaking. It's completely original and unexpected. I don't want to ruin the finale so I'll simply say read it!

  • Karen Lee
    2019-04-16 15:53

    Ok so I saw this one on a post on FB and thought I'd take the chance to read it.Following the story of Annabel, I have read some graphic material in my time, but this completely knocked my socks off with the sheer detail of an ordeal usually dismissed from our mind.I can not say much more without giving spoilers. Another 5/5 read from Betsy! Best read in the daytime if the truth is told!

  • Joanne Harrington
    2019-04-11 17:57

    Confused.This book started off with one interesting story then, in a flash, seemed to tell another story. I feel like two books were split and then glued together. Strange. I got totally lost.

  • Freddy
    2019-04-15 16:53

    I liked this book a lot. It's not the sort of thing I normally read but it was nicely written and the story flowed well. It's got some shocking scenes that are going to be difficult to forget and I loved the ending. I'll be recommending this to my friends. Unusual and interesting book.