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Underground by [O'Brien, Gayle]
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"A spellbinding tale, cleverly woven between two ages." Bryony Doran - 'The China Bird' "A gripping, suspenseful story of secrets and self-sacrifice, friendship and courage. Underground is a tremendous first novel." Andrew Cowan - 'What I Know'

About the Author

Gayle O'Brien grew up in rural Massachusetts. After studying at Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University, she moved to London in 1999 and became a copywriter, which led to stints in Finland, Italy and the Netherlands. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and now lives in Kent with her dear British hubby and their two children. Underground is her first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2818 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 095684765X
  • Publisher: Hookline Books (16 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QU48QE
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #208,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I thought this book was very cleverly constructed, linking modern day slavery and exploitation with slavery in the 19 century. There are parallels to be drawn between the behaviour of Sanchez and the overseer on the plantation. There is a fantastic exposition of the Underground Railroad in Cincinnati, and all that's described in this book ties in with that.
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By Ozzy on 28 April 2017
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I loved this book and raced through it to see what happened. Hope to read more by this author again
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This is the story of two inspiring young women, united only in their pursuit of justice.
It elegantly spans three centuries, taking the reader on an unforgettable journey from the cruel heat of the slave trade to a chilly winter in Vermont.
It's a marvelous love story, or rather, two.
I can't wait for her next book.
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By Cath on 22 Jun. 2012
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This book is a great read, I found myself desperate to pick it up again and find out how the story was progressing. The connections and switching between time periods, with the interconnection of the characters was gripping. I found the historical references fascinating also. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and keep recommending it to friends and family.
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You need to set aside a few days to read this book: you will not want to put it down. I neglected the kids, household chores and hubby in order to finish the story. Ms O'Brien's entwined tale of two heroines' lives really was intriguing, original and wholly captivating. I didn't want the book to end. Ms O'brien's descriptions of people and places meant that i was totally submersed in the novel and couldn't stop thinking about the characters, even when I'd had to put the book down. An incredible debut and I'm waiting for a follow-up; I've developed a certain Kathy Bates/Misery style adulation for this talented author and her characters. You will thoroughly enjoy this book...
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Thoroughly enjoyed this unexpected gem of a first novel and heartily recommend you read it. The dual storylines were both excellently written with the tantalising switches from one to the other working really well. In fact getting near the end I found myself thinking "good - don't want to find out how it worked out just yet." Somehow I never doubted that the modern storyline would end ok but knowing the dual standards and turbulent times in the historic one I was glad to be kept guessing. I would also like to add that until I read this book I never gave much thought to the lot of slaves in the southern states and the bravery of those that helped them.
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I believe I purchased this book on a whim and am pleased I did! The actions of two girls, both in danger, separated by 150years are followed.

The element I like the most is that through discovering the story of Samantha 150 years ago, Annie learns to deal with her current situation. I personally found Samantha's story far more compelling, and applaud her bravery. Having said that, Annie has two stories - one dealing with the current situation she is in and the other searching for Samantha's story.

This book has sparked an interest in the Revolution and I look forward to reading more on the topic - any recommendations?

Anyway, I recommend this book and I read it one sitting - I was totally engrossed.
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What an amazing book! It is so beautifully written. There are just no dull moments in the book and the storyline never drags. It held me captive for the entire book. The book transports you into the world of the characters in both the present day story and the past. I highly recommend this book, it will move you to tears of both joy and sadness. When I read some of the other reviews on this book I was worried it might have an ending that left me guessing the fate of the characters, but I found the ending to be perfectly tied up and all questions answered. Lovely read!
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