Just Beneath the Surface I

Rated 4.90/5 based on 10 reviews
When Kendall Berkely takes a look in the mirror, she not only desperately wants to run away from the stranger staring back at her, she also knows that her days are numbered. She can feel it in her bones, and has the bruises to prove it. To make matters worse, Kendall will soon discover that her seventeen year old daughter, Diamond is on a path nearly just as dangerous. More
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Published by Inknbeans Press
Words: 66,040
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465828385
About RH Ramsey

RH Ramsey is a military wife, mother of two and author with Inknbeans Press. Over the course of nine years, RH has diligently researched topics ranging from but not limited to: relationships, addiction, abuse and mental illness.

RH has written several novels, many short stories with many works in progress. Just recently, her novel, Just Beneath the Surface, found its way into her local library catalog.

With a passion for people, helping and learning, she hopes to continue in her quest of learning from and inspiring others.

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Review by: Andrea R. Cunningham on July 18, 2013 :
Ms. Ramsey created a tale that was painful to read. I left each chapter feeling shaken and praying that the main character would make the changes necessary for her life.

It was fascinating to read the inner workings of the mind from each character's point of view.

I give the book 5 stars for detail, accuracy and plot development. I must admit I was sad till the very end because I know this story is real-life for so many people today.

Andrea R. Cunningham, Author
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Pamela Rote on July 03, 2013 :
You are drawn into the story right from the get go. I like the way each character gives use their point of view during the story. There are many twist and turns in the book that keep you on the edge of your seat reading it. While I've never been in this type of relationship--I've had two very close friends that were and the mindset of Kendall is so very true to what I've seen. Ramsey does a good job showing us where Kendall’s life falls apart and the reasons she thought she had to stay
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Christy Garrett on March 15, 2013 :
This is an excellent book and can be used to help others who may feel trapped in this type of situation. This was an inspirational story and I enjoyed reading this book. I know that many people who find themselves in these type of relationships are stuck in the cycle and hope that their partner will change, just like Kendell.

Find my full review at: http://upliftingfamilies.com/book-review-beneath-surface-r-h-ramsey/
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Christy Garrett on March 15, 2013 :
This is an excellent book and can be used to help others who may feel trapped in this type of situation. This was an inspirational story and I enjoyed reading this book. I know that many people who find themselves in these type of relationships are stuck in the cycle and hope that their partner will change, just like Kendell.

Find a full review of this book at: http://upliftingfamilies.com/book-review-beneath-surface-r-h-ramsey/
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Christy Garrett on March 15, 2013 :
This is an excellent book and can be used to help others who may feel trapped in this type of situation. This was an inspirational story and I enjoyed reading this book. I know that many people who find themselves in these type of relationships are stuck in the cycle and hope that their partner will change, just like Kendell.

You can read my full review at: http://upliftingfamilies.com/book-review-beneath-surface-r-h-ramsey/
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tammy Dewhirst on March 12, 2013 :
I have never been in an abusive relationship. I have watched a LOT of true crime shows and read a LOT of true crime books that involve abuse and a woman staying in a relationship that clearly is going to escalate to hospitalization or even death. I can imagine those women having the same thought processes and rationales as Kendall. There’s a feeling after reading this book of having been behind the scenes to see something rare and the need to share that new knowledge with women or men who may find themselves in a similar situation.

Kendall is unhappy with her relationship and looks to move on. She’s been with the father of her two children a long time and while marriage is important to her, he doesn’t see the point. He’s written as a bit of a self-absorbed jerk at the start of the novel. “My life is important and what you do doesn’t matter.” When they break off and Kendall starts a new relationship there are signs. Signs that she chooses to ignore. Ramsey does a good job showing us where Kendall’s life falls apart and the reasons she chooses to stay.


While she’s moving on, Diamond is falling apart. She’s promised her friend that they’ll wait to have sex until they’re married and then, in the midst of her parents divorce, breaks that vow with the a man who was engaged to a friend’s mother. Her reputation at school is trashed, she’s called horrible names and boys are saying that they slept with her that haven’t (of course, she’s called a whore and they’re patted on the back). She gets involved with an older authority figure that warns her up front that he’s intense in relationships. Like all girls, she finds this appealing at first but the reality can be scary.

What most impressed me about this book was how carefully Ramsey plotted the abuser. He’s about control. He references Kendall’s former model status and he’s clearly insecure in his relationship with her. Each time something happens he says the right things. They curl up and talk and he pampers her and for a few days everything is okay until the next time there’s an imperceptible slight. Kendall must tell him that she loves him in a certain way, quit her job so he’s her only interaction.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ey Wade on Sep. 04, 2012 :
Just Beneath the surface is a study in abuse. You automatically know this will be a story about domestic abuse; you just have to wonder how it will be told. R.H. Ramsey does a terrific job in her telling. Like the peeling of an onion, just as one layer of abuse is revealed another is seen just beneath the surface. As I read the story I began to see the problem started in subtle ways. What seemed like a loving, fun filled family was really a group of people always ticking at each other. Name calling and teasing between brother and sister, snide, belittling remarks between the parents, and a woman who doesn’t have respect for the man she is with is a disaster waiting to happen.

Kendall harbors resentment and lack of respect for the easy going man she has been with from high school. Michael feeds her resentment by having excuses for not marrying her after 14 years of living together. The children dislike each other, jealous because of the obvious favoritism for one by the opposite parent. Just as I thought everything was about to blow up, the story took a totally different turn and the parents separated, revealing a level of an entirely different form of abuse.

In this deeper level, Ramsey decided to tell the story through the alternating voice of the women. Kendall finds and marries a new man and will do anything and accepts every thing in order to keep this man. Even to the point of ignoring her children and the ability to save her daughter from following in her footsteps.

This is definitely a book to read. Just when you expect one thing to happen, another layer is revealed and you are pulled deeper and further beneath the surface.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: HENRY SIMPSON on Aug. 30, 2012 :
This is a novel about the breakup of a family and its effects on family members as told from the viewpoints of the mother and daughter. Kendall, the mother, precipitates the breakup out of frustration with the immaturity of the father, Michael, and his unwillingness to marry her after a multi-year relationship, two kids, and a shared home. In what follows, Kendall marries a man she is attracted to but does not know well. The two children are separated; daughter with Kendall, son with Michael. Kendall’s new husband reveals himself as an insecure and controlling tyrant who abuses Kendall mentally and physically. Kendall soon shows the classic signs of Battered Woman Syndrome, making excuses and blaming herself for her situation, repeatedly forgiving her abuser, and seemingly unable to escape. (The author has apparently researched the syndrome, for she illustrates it well in this novel.) Kendall’s daughter Diamond reacts negatively to the unsettled environment and soon seeks solace elsewhere. Her bad judgment leads to her own personal crisis involving loss of reputation and friends.

The story is suspenseful. As I read, I asked myself: What will happen next? Will Kendall ever wise up to the dangerous bully she has married? Will someone die? Can the broken family ever reunite?

I liked the tight, realistic dialogue and the use of alternate chapters written from the intimate viewpoints of the two main characters. The author got inside these two and developed fully rounded, sympathetic yet flawed, individuals with emotional depth.

The book was short of descriptions and settings, so it provided little sense of the look and feel of places. Overall, the book was well written and edited. The formatting of the Kindle version I reviewed appeared to be triple-spaced between paragraphs, an annoyance.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: C Torres on July 23, 2012 :
I really enjoy reading this book. It's captures your attention for the beginning! I highly recommend not only this book but this Author.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Donesha Thompson on March 14, 2012 :
Still reading and I am very delighted. Excellent read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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