What lies Underneath? I will start this review with a warning: DO NOT READ THE AUTHORS END PIECE which features after the main story, for reasons I will cover later.
Oli Jacobs has, in Underneath, presented readers with a story that is not original, owing a lot to John Carpenter's classic film, The Thing. This might be the first thought that jumps out to mind when thinking of penning a review of this novelette. One might think that the author has created in Underneath a homage to The Thing, but that is not so. The author has crafted a story that does - as it progresses - come into a world of its own, drawing in the reader, right up to the end. This reviewer found parts of the story tensely claustrophobic, and claustrophobically tense. What it lacked in originality, it made up for in Originality. The characters were belieivable, and this reviewer felt a connection with the main protagonist of the story; Oli Jacobs has penned something that actually made this reviewer care about what happened to the characters - no, People - in this story.
A worthwhile read.
Now, with reference to the opening comment concerning the author's endpiece, this reviewer would advise that it is left unread; in it, the author tries to explain the story to the reader. If I had not read the end piece, the rating would be a full five stars instead of the still-respectable four. It just isn't necessary.
In conclusion, then, Underneath is a good, enthralling read that shouldn't be slated because of a few grammatical errors here and there. The important thing is that the story has substance, and it literally draws you in to the whole mystery. The mystery of what lies Underneath...