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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (19 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490303545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490303543
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 775,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

*A Kindle (KDP) TOP 100 'MOST-READ AUTHOR' in UK (2015)*

*GIRL ON A TRAIN - a Number One BESTSELLER in the Australian Kindle Charts (2015)*

AJ Waines writes Psychological Thrillers. Her first two novels have reached Number 1 in 'Murder' and 'Psychological Thrillers' in the UK Kindle Charts. Her new novel DARK PLACE TO HIDE is due for release July 30 2015.

Formerly a Psychotherapist for fifteen years, she has worked with ex-offenders from high-security institutions, giving her a rare insight into abnormal psychology. She is fascinated by secrets and lies, crimes of passion, devious motives and anything hidden under floorboards.

AJ Waines has traditional publishing deals in France and Germany (Random House) and lives in Southampton, UK, with her husband.

Find more on AJ Waines at her WEBSITE: www.ajwaines.co.uk
BLOG: www.awaines.blogspot.co.uk
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bamGuL

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THE EVIL BENEATH (taster): There's a body in the water - and she's wearing your clothes...

Another cryptic message, another body under a London bridge and Juliet Grey has no idea why she is being targeted and why her own possessions are being left on the corpses.

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GIRL ON A TRAIN (taster): Everything points to suicide - but I saw her face...

When a woman leaves a locket in Anna's bag before jumping under a train, Anna starts asking awkward questions, but loose ends surrounding an abducted four-year-old boy are only part of the picture and Anna finds herself thrust towards the centre of several chilling revelations.

'Having lived in London for 15 years and then moved away, I wanted to write about the places I loved and knew well. It was a semi-nostalgic process, although of course, the events in the story are far darker than any I experienced living there - thank goodness. In THE EVIL BENEATH, I wanted to capture the two aspects of the River Thames; one as a beautiful and majestic presence winding through the city, the other as a sinister force harbouring unexpected offerings.'


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About the Author

AJ Waines is a Crime Fiction Writer, specialising in Psychological Thrillers. She draws on over fifteen years of experience as a Psychotherapist, including work with clients from high security prisons. This exclusive and privileged role has given her a rare insight into abnormal psychology. She is interested in writing about the extraordinary dilemmas and traumas ordinary people often have to face - particularly ‘crimes of passion’, hidden motives, family secrets and moral dilemmas. She lives in Southampton with her husband.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Cartmell on 8 Nov. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The Evil Beneath is a page turning thriller with lots of psychological insights, as the main protagonist is a psychotherapist, who is unwillingly dragged into a police investigation, when a female body is dragged out of the River Thames, wearing her clothes. I found the river and bridge references really interesting as Juliet Grey and DCI Brad Madison race their way around London trying to solve the clues sent by the killer and find the bodies.

The various story threads are expertly woven together, with several red herrings thown in for good measure, before the identity of the killer is revealed.

I loved the way each character was brought to life through their own foibles and problems and thought the growing attraction between Juliet and Brad was well done, keeping the magnetism fizzing along throughout the book. This is an absorbing read and the author A J Waines draws on her many years experience as a psychotherapist, some of which were spent with clients in high security prisons.

A professionally crafted and produced e-thriller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mrsb2011 on 30 Nov. 2013
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When Alison contacted me and offered me her book to review, I thought it sounded like something I would enjoy.

This book is written in the first person by the main character Juliet, she is a psychotherapist and works at an abortion clinic as well as a freelancer. She has been living in London a while when women are suddenly discovered murdered and for some reason they have a link with her. Meanwhile Juliet is struggling with her own life, something in her past with her brother is not right, and Juliet won't stop until she finds out the truth.

I thought the story was very good and everything came together well towards the end. I felt that at parts during the book it seemed there was a bit of repetition, with thoughts and going over things that had previously happened. I understand why the author has done this as to help create tension in the book. I found it a very easy book to get into and once I began reading it I quickly found myself immersed in the book.

I found it a good thriller and did not suspect the killer at all, I thought that this was kept hidden from the reader until the perfect time. My mind did play tricks on me, when I was trying to guess who the killer was, but not once did I make the connection. I think this is an excellent debut novel by Alison and after her great first novel, I would certainly be keen to read future novels by her.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves crime and thriller books. I would like to thank the author for sending me this copy to review.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nigel H on 22 July 2013
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Just finished reading this book and was blown away. It twists and turns from suspect to suspect and just when you think you've got it, something else comes along to question your judgement. It is a tour de force with regard to portraying complex personalities, relationships and how the human psyche works. I'm left feeling bereft that as i've now finished the book, I won 't be keeping up with what the characters are up to - if that's not the sign of a good book then i don't know what is! I highly recomment it to those people with a fascination for people, life and death.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Aug. 2013
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I read quite a lot of independently published fiction. Most has something of merit, although sadly a few books are really just not very good and it is quite a struggle to find anything positive to say about them. However I thought that The Evil Beneath was quite outstanding. It was a thoroughly competently and professionally written book and why it has not found a traditional publisher is a complete mystery to me.

The story is told in the first person by Juliet, a psychotherapist. There are a series of murders of women, apparently connected by the discovery of the corpses under bridges on the River Thames. It soon becomes clear that Juliet is linked in some way to these deaths, and this impression is reinforced when the murderer starts communicating with her in a rather cryptic fashion. In the background is what appears to be a subplot since Juliet's brother, Luke was killed in a house fire some twenty years earlier and doubt has now been cast over whether this was an accident. Clearly being independently minded and of an enquiring disposition, Juliet starts to investigate both the murders and the house fire.

The climax is quite tense and makes sense of everything. This is a cleverly constructed plot, although some suspension of disbelief is necessary latterly. This is, however, not really a criticism as I am quite happy to suspend disbelief provided the story is worth it and this one certainly is. This is an impressive novel, evenly paced and which does not lag at any stage. It certainly does not fall into the inexperienced author's trap of making things just overly complicated. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Giles on 7 Oct. 2013
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Thie was a great read and kept me guessing throughout especially with the twists. I don't want to give anything away. The characters were great you felt their pain and frustration and emotion and empathy. I felt exhausted getting to the end. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys a crime thriller. This book was chosen as our book for bookclub (October 2013), easily finished within the month.
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