What Lies Beneath
Cassie McGraw #1
crime, detectives, mystery, thrillers, female sleuths
Lone Stone Publishing
(23 Nov. 2017)
Fresh out of high school and off to college, Cassie thought she had the world by its tail, and then she met Mike. Tall, handsome and a police detective to boot, he swept her off her feet and into a whirlwind relationship that led to an engagement ring. But things aren't always as they seem, and Cassie comes to discover that Mike has a dark side. When she learns just how dark it can be, she comes face-to-face with the greatest forward she could imagine, and it leaves her burned and scarred for the rest of her life. Cassie isn't one to wallow in misery. She takes her experiences and a degree in psychology and sets out to help other women avoid the kind of thing that happened to her, but then one of her clients comes to her in desperation. Her abusive husband has kidnapped her daughter, and it's up to Cassie to find the girl before it's too late. Of course, then the only trick is how to survive.
Here David archer tried a different format and a different type of hero – a heroine.
This is the story of Cassie who uses her dreadful injury for good.
Having been a burns victim myself, and also being female, I got Cassie but not her portrayal. for my mind, Archer cannot successfully write for a female character and certainly not her true reaction to such an injury.
Yes, she will have spent time in therapy – a year he says, physical and psychological, but I know myself, from a lesser injury that a year is not long enough. The therapy, physical at any rate takes much longer.
I also found that he contradicts himself saying initially that they couldn’t graft and then he says that they did.
So my theory of this author stands. He can’t write a female character that I can believe in. (Nb I have read a complete series of his with a male hero).