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Official Review: Her Eyes Underwater by Romona Simon

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Her Eyes Underwater" by Romona Simon.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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"I suppose your mother didn't tell you not to take up with strange men you meet randomly in cafés."

Julia is a thrill-seeker, a woman who follows the scent of adventure. The prospect of having an exciting encounter with a stranger brings her to the small café in Montana. As luck would have it, she spots an individual who exceeds her expectations—a perfect specimen. While he seems standoffish at first, Julia hopes this delectable man reciprocates her admiration.

Alex is no stranger to the intoxicating effects he has on women; he is approachable, yet unattainable. An incorrigible flirt, yet he is frustratingly mysterious—all things that drive Julia crazy with lust. Every time Julia thinks she is making some headway with Alex, his impenetrable walls go back up. Julia views his frigid disposition as something that needs fixing, and she is intent on stealing his heart. Still, he is set on keeping her at arm's length. Alex has a dark secret that he must keep buried, but it's becoming challenging to abstain from acting upon his abominable urges.

Her Eyes Underwater by Romona Simon is a dark romantic book wrapped in an ominous bow. The author's penchant for descriptive language paints a beautiful picture—bursting with imagination and rife with character development. The book is written from the third-person perspective; the gripping story follows Julia but switches to Alex as the events begin to unfold. This masterpiece explores the all-encompassing obsession that drives Julia to recklessly pursue Alex and turn a blind eye to his unsettling behavior.

Upon reading the first few pages, the thing that instantly captured my heart was the author's talent for arranging words in such a way that they ignited my imagination; I could easily visualize the scenes as they unfolded. The writing enabled me to conjure up realistic images, particularly when describing the setting and the characters' outward appearance. One of my favorite examples of this is when the author describes one of Julia and Alex's first encounters. She wrote, "It was a cool, misty day, the kind where rain seemed to produce steam when it hit the earth. The world was cast in varying shades of grey and green except for him...except for his eyes, which protruded from the backdrop like cobalt bullets cutting through the clouds."

Besides the author's way with words, I was thoroughly impressed by the development of the main characters. Watching Julia's crush blossom into infatuation bordered on insanity, and it was like a train wreck that I couldn't peel my eyes away from. Alex's reservations about spending time with her drew out the abrasiveness in her personality. His character was complex. On the one hand, he was highly charismatic, and people were drawn to him, but on the other hand, there was something vile and extremely disconcerting about some of the thoughts he expressed. The chapters from Alex's perspective were chilling—often sending shivers down my spine.

The only flaw about Her Eyes Underwater was the abruptness of the ending. The book steadily built momentum, which set the tone for an unforgettable finale. Still, it didn't play out the way that I expected. Don't get me wrong, it was good, but not great and I felt something was missing. Thankfully, it wasn't enough to deduct a star, and I still chose to give the book a rating of four out of four stars. There were very few errors, and the book was obviously professionally edited.

This book was so enrapturing that I did nothing for two days but read it to its entirety. The characters struck a chord with me, and I continued to contemplate their choices days after finishing the story. For fans of character-driven books that are infused with horror undertones, this book is for you.

Due to the graphic nature of the book, I would not recommend it to young readers, or anyone triggered by extreme violence. Some particularly nauseating sex scenes are sinister in nature, so please take caution when reading.

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This book seems to have a curious plot, with some aspects of mystery and romance. But it's really sad when the story doesn't end fulfilling our expectations. However, I'm pretty interested in reading it since it had such a good rating. Thanks for the great review!
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Ah, shoot! Your brilliant description of the book, but I absolutely cannot read scary stories, especially not those with dark romantic themes. Alas, I'll have to settle for your review, it was very well written!
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I love it when a book captures you and doesn’t let go. Man, just reading your summary, I could see red flags for their relationship all over the place, and I think you captured it when you said, “It was like a train wreck that I couldn't peel my eyes away from.” I can completely imagine that being the case for this. You have me very curious about his secret, but it’s too bad that it ended so abruptly. Fantastic review!

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It seems like the exciting plot is supported by equally good writing style of the author. I think this book is worth checking out. Nice review!

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I think this book should have a movie. Though I haven’t read the book, but the review shines a light on quite an adventurous plot, full of events that will win the hearts of the audience when shown on the big screen. I enjoyed your review.
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Romance is not my thing, but in this novel this element has a dark twist that makes it intriguing, albeit disturbing at the same time. Thank you for your great review!
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Your review is very captivating. It made me want to read the book real bad. I wonder if Julia gets Alex in the end
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Your review makes me want to read the book immediately am done with the one I am reading. When you say that the finale didn't play out as you expected, thus you didn't like the ending, you mean to say you are biased towards predictable endings, no?

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I have to say, it was the title that captured my attention. Sounds like a murder mystery! LOL Thanks for your review!
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Sounds like a compelling and intriguing book. Brilliant review too!

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Seems it is an exciting book and full of adventures. It is also obviously worth to read, a big thanks for your review.

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gabrielletiemi wrote: ↑
16 Jun 2020, 05:03
This book seems to have a curious plot, with some aspects of mystery and romance. But it's really sad when the story doesn't end fulfilling our expectations. However, I'm pretty interested in reading it since it had such a good rating. Thanks for the great review!
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Koltrast wrote: ↑
16 Jun 2020, 05:35
Ah, shoot! Your brilliant description of the book, but I absolutely cannot read scary stories, especially not those with dark romantic themes. Alas, I'll have to settle for your review, it was very well written!
Thank for your thoughtful comment:)

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sirbobthewise wrote: ↑
16 Jun 2020, 07:11
I love it when a book captures you and doesn’t let go. Man, just reading your summary, I could see red flags for their relationship all over the place, and I think you captured it when you said, “It was like a train wreck that I couldn't peel my eyes away from.” I can completely imagine that being the case for this. You have me very curious about his secret, but it’s too bad that it ended so abruptly. Fantastic review!
Despite the quick ending, the book is amazing! Thanks for your comment.

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