The Underwood See (Withern Rise)

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Eight months ago, during the snowy depths of winter, strangers Alaric and Naia Underwood unwittingly switched realities. When they met again in June, floodwaters were raging all around them, and tragedy struck, altering both of their lives forever.

It's fall now, and Naia feels that something—or someone—is haunting her. Caught in yet another reality, she witnesses things that don't make sense, frightening things, including an Alaric who lives in the forest like a savage. But here, she hopes, she will find the answers to so many questions—if she can only reach the man who calls himself Aldous U.

But what will be her fate—and that of all the Underwoods—if she can't?

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About the Author:

Michael Lawrence started his working life as a graphic designer and photographer and subsequently worked as (among other things) a television script reader, an antiques dealer, and a publicist for a traveling circus. He now writes full-time and currently lives near Stamford, England, some forty miles from the house in which he was born—the house he calls Withern Rise in The Underwood See.

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The plot thickens as the realities multiply in this stunning conclusion to the intelligent, well-crafted series that began with The Crack in the Line (2004) and Small Eternities (2005). Naia, now 31 and pregnant, is returning to her childhood home, an estate nicknamed the Underwood See, where she wants to raise her child. The story rewinds 14 years, and the central characters continue to cavort with chance and fate in a growing array of realities. In one, Naia is nearly raped by the leader of a group of wild and violent boys but escapes with help from Ric, that reality's version of Alaric. When some of the realities they inhabit threaten to end, mysterious Aldous devises a risky plan to save his young relatives, even if it means further change and adaptation for them all. Readers will be lost if they begin with this installment, but fans of the series will be riveted by the surprises and twists thrown their way again—true fans will start again at the beginning to pick up clues they missed the first time. Dobrez, Cindy
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