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A little girl and her mother haunted by mental illness become entangled in the paranoia of the early 1990s Satanic Panic.


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A little girl and her mother haunted by mental illness become entangled in the paranoia of the early 1990s Satanic Panic.

29 review for Beneath Still Waters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zain

    A Wonderful Book! Remember the days when little children were cute and adorable and not mean and snotty? Sadly, I don’t either. But, seriously, you’ll love the little girl in this book. Ashley lives with her mother in a rundown apartment with no friends and just plain helter skelter. Her mother has a mental disorder, so her life is filled with paranoia and poor Ashley has to suffer the consequences. Just how much it affects her depends on the adults in her environment. Good luck to all.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Janie C.

    Ashley is a little girl who has trouble connecting with her peers and adults. Try as she might, she cannot concentrate on what is going on around her, because she hears sounds in her head and sees people and visions that others cannot. Her mother has similar problems, and is strongly paranoid and religiously fanatic. Ashley also faces problems such as abuse, malnutrition and lack of a loving figure in her life. Things go from bad to worse. Ashley's mother and their priest are convinced that a Sa Ashley is a little girl who has trouble connecting with her peers and adults. Try as she might, she cannot concentrate on what is going on around her, because she hears sounds in her head and sees people and visions that others cannot. Her mother has similar problems, and is strongly paranoid and religiously fanatic. Ashley also faces problems such as abuse, malnutrition and lack of a loving figure in her life. Things go from bad to worse. Ashley's mother and their priest are convinced that a Satanic cult has influenced Ashley and infected her with a demon. Clearly, both Ashley and her mother have mental problems that cannot be cured by religion. Ashley is a smart girl, and is desperate for help from a reliable adult who will not manipulate her or punish her for being different. My heart went out to this strong and resilient little girl who has to fight for herself in a very confusing world. Fortunately, there are people on her side. This is a strongly emotional and, at times, frustrating and tense story of a child who just wants to be accepted. It is also a very rewarding and compassionate read that captivated me from the first page. Elizabeth Bedlam has her own relatable style of writing that captures the reader right away. I would just love to meet Ashley and be her friend.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    ‘Dark, deep and somewhat disturbing, but also utterly brilliant.’ This is the sad story of Ashley’s pre-teen upbringing , a young girl with mental health problems who suffers constantly from voices and visions which are beginning to cripple her life. Living and being constantly abused by her dysfunctional, neglectful and totally deranged single mother who can see only demons in Ashley, matters are not helped when this fanatically religious pseudo-carer seeks assistance from the local church which ‘Dark, deep and somewhat disturbing, but also utterly brilliant.’ This is the sad story of Ashley’s pre-teen upbringing , a young girl with mental health problems who suffers constantly from voices and visions which are beginning to cripple her life. Living and being constantly abused by her dysfunctional, neglectful and totally deranged single mother who can see only demons in Ashley, matters are not helped when this fanatically religious pseudo-carer seeks assistance from the local church which is steered by a doctor- priest who is obsessed by exposing a supposed satanic cult operating within Ashley’s school. Things are really tough for Ashley who also has to endure random molestations from their landlord and close neighbour Mr Zeiss, but then, she does have Lucifer constantly lurking in the shadows - a seemingly good Angel who will help, guide and protect her through the ups and downs that may come her way…and downs there are aplenty. In many ways, although on a similar theme and with common elements, the story appeared to be a twist on the classic movie ‘The Exorcist,’ but containing many noticeably clever and significant reversals in roles and general ideas. Happily, all blended wonderfully well and matters just seemed to naturally fall into place to make this a thoroughly good read. Not many laughs, but a truly gripping and rigorous account of life for Ashley, Teresa and Brenda before their trials and tribulations contained within the later ‘Hog Head and Human Parts’ part of Ashley’s difficult and worrisome adventure. Yes, at times hard to read, but a tale involving poor mental health issues with supernatural elements and examples of disturbing human behaviour that should certainly not be missed. Rating: 5.2 dark stars - no doubt, another LB masterpiece - truly excellent!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Bedlam

  6. 5 out of 5

    River Dixon

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael James

  9. 5 out of 5

    LunaWolf

  10. 4 out of 5

    Seb

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marcus (soonish to be incarcerated)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel the Page-Turner

  13. 5 out of 5

    SoulSurvivor

  14. 4 out of 5

    Barry

  15. 4 out of 5

    Luke Delin

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Jackson

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Garcia

  18. 4 out of 5

    Guy Blackstone

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andreas

  20. 4 out of 5

    Donna

  21. 4 out of 5

    Psyche

  22. 5 out of 5

    Imperator

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kat

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gali Aguilar

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Guillaume

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kaylee Jesnoewski

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Ward

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emmie

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