ATTIC REVIEW : What Lies Beneath (Enigma #1) by Ditter Kellen
March 14, 2017
Title : What Lies Beneath
Author : Ditter Kellen
Series : Enigma #1
Release date : February 23rd 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb : Doctor Abbigail Sutherland is used to being alone. Between twelve hour shifts at the hospital and looking after her eccentric father, she has very little time for much else. Until an unexpected call one night, sends her racing to the lab where she discovers a secret that could change the world forever. Hauke awakens after an underwater explosion, strapped to a bed and on his way to a site known as Area 51. His only hope for survival lies in Abbie Sutherland, the beautiful doctor that saved his life. Amidst a deadly virus, seemingly impossible to stop, and a corrupt Government placing a price on their heads, Hauke and Abbie run for their lives, uncovering conspiracies, deceptions, and a love that won’t be denied…
Review : “What Lies Beneath” is a real fitting title for the first book of the Enigma Series by Ditter Kellen that I just read. This book may be read as a standalone, but I recommend to follow the reading order as the backstory demands a certain flow.
Because I see a lot of potential beneath the surface here. The story itself is so simple yet brilliant at the same time. The author combines many well known and well used ideas of paranormal and phantasy (and even a tiny bit dystopian) plots and combined it into an engaging story that has potential for a 5 star read.
Yes I know you are sensing the BUT …
and here it comes… BUT the book feels like a raw diamond good at some points of the story yet rough and unpolished at others. I am jumping in my thoughts between 3 and 4 stars – but will give it 4 because I see the potential and I hope that the follow up stories will jump over that hurdle and become more smooth.
A few more pages in the beginning to give us a little more time to develop a relationship with Hauke would have been good because the reader is directly thrown into a situation that presents itself as an almost (almost because of the tiny backstory) Insta-love.
Also the story jumps along the line were not helpful to the story there were to many and they came randomly in moments when there should have been a build up in tension not a jump in the plotline.
But again I see real potential because one of my most favorite paranormal romances started its first book with a similar annoyance. I feel the need to read the next book to report back on the development.