Underneath is a dark tale of the complexities of a troubled mind. After a childhood spattered with negative events and emotions, Steve spent his early adulthood traveling the world. When he returned he received no more love from his family than he had earlier in life; but with a lottery win and a job at the hospital he felt able to settle down. A chance encounter at the hospital canteen brought Leisel into his life, and he thought that, with her, he could be happy. But his ailing mother, family discord, and a difference of opinion with Leisel makes it harder for him to keep himself together. Another chance event is all that is required to jeopardise Steve’s precarious balance. Told from Steve’s point of view, with flashbacks to a dysfunctional family and unhappy childhood, the story paints the picture of a vulnerable mind and how little it can take to tip one over the edge. Hints at future events kept me reading to find out what would happen, how, and with whom. The unexpected twists at the end surprised me more than they should have, knowing that Anne is a master of surprise endings. Though dark in outlook, it is an intriguing read. If you enjoy delving into the complexities of the mind, this book is for you.