by Lisa J. Lickel


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When nobody loves you, you have nothing to lose.

Lily Masters is not getting involved with any fake job scheme covering a sex trafficking operation supposedly cooked up by her stepbrother, prison guard Art Townsend. Hoping to get help at a friend's place deep in the woods of northern Wisconsin before a blizzard, Lily loses her way. At first, she doesn't realize how fortunate she is to be found by Cam Taylor, a poetry-spouting former lit professor. Cam has his own reasons to hide while writing a biography of his Civil Rights activist grandparents and accidentally stirs up a cold case murder involving a potential Supreme Court judge. When trouble follows, either of them is the likely target.

Beneath every story is layer upon layer of trust and lies. Who can they believe when things go from surreal to devastating?

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ISBN-13: 9781539978596
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Pages: 382
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

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Understory 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
NNLight More than 1 year ago
There are books written with a specific purpose and those that are more general. I couldn't put my finger on what the purpose was with this book. It was hard for the first part of the book to find anyone I could feel sympathy for. Only after much more did I get to feel I cared about Cam and Lily. The obstacles that they faced (and seemingly continue to face) were many and varied. Both hampered by deep pasts, current threats internal and external struggles that would destroy most. I was pleased greatly with their relationship. The problem of human trafficking is very accurately portrayed and should horrify every person in North America as it is everywhere around us. This story would be a top streamed option on Netflix. The author has created a multi leveled story that would play superbly with the audiences who live and die by their streaming services. Personally, I was extremely dissatisfied with the conclusion of the book and it left a bad taste in my mouth. Very well written, a hard to put down page turner that is addictive to a reader. My Rating: 4 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa Lickel weaves together a masterful tale of intrigue and romance, and the multilayers of complexity will leave the reader turning the pages. The characters are well-developed, and overarching themes involving racism and prejudice will resonate with the reader. The story takes place in the Midwest—in a small town that harbors a big secret—perhaps more common than anyone dares to imagine. UnderStory is one of those rare books that’s not only a great read but makes a statement about what’s most important—in the midst of depravity, unfairness, and greed.
penelopem More than 1 year ago
Disturbing issues are brought out in the open in this suspenseful novel. Lily compares her dysfunctional family to the Borgias. The novel opens with her running away from her stepbrother, but she runs out of gas in an attempt to find safety during a blizzard at a friend's house. She doesn't succeed. Cam, with the help of his two dogs, finds her and takes her to his cabin, which has no electricity or plumbing. A former army medic, he does his best to care for the frostbite on Lily's fingers and toes. Meanwhile, while the blizzard rages, Lily fears for her nephew, who is also part of her stepbrother's dreadful scheme. Cam has plenty of his own problems. Someone has slashed his tires to ribbons. He's endured harassment which he marks down to racism. However, there's more to it and as Lily's troubles and his mushroom, they begin to trust each other despite their differences. This thoroughly intriguing story kept me riveted and is highly recommended.
VPCaine More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning this story grabs you and takes the reader down a fearful path into an alarming and dark place in our society. Lily fighting to preserve her own life and anxious to be reunited with her nephew, Kenny, is befriended by Cam who faces the unkindness of his community. At first she’s afraid of him and refuses to speak, but as he tends her wounds and becomes her champion the aloofness brought on by self-preservation thaws. This is a powerful story with multi layered stories and entertaining relationships. It is very well written and delves into a world few people know exist. Well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An entertaining plot, winsome characters, timely themes of overcoming prejudice and the horrors of human trafficking...this book has plenty to keep a reader's interest--I was so engrossed I had to finish it the same day I picked it up!
Danele More than 1 year ago
This book shined a light on the evils of prejudice and discrimination. The characters were engaging, and the action kept my attention! I enjoyed the Bible verses and poetry scattered throughout the story. Through the author’s clear, precise writing, this book definitely had a voice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Page Turner: The heroine, Lily’s, step-brother is a corrupt prison guard, who wants to involve her in a crime. She’s fleeing him in a blizzard when she crashes in the woods of Wisconsin in a deserted area. In danger of freezing to death, she’s rescued by an unlikely hero, a former professor who has his own challenges in life. One of the few people living in the desolate area, he finds her before it’s too late. She’s too ill to do anything for herself at first and is in danger of losing her feet because of exposure to the cold. After he nurses her back to lucidity and she realizes what has happened, she remembers her nephew may be in danger. She thinks she knows someone who could help her and the child and wants desperately to find her way to that person, but can she trust him? What about the man who rescued her? Why is he really treating her? Mrs. Lickel keeps the reader turning pages in this suspenseful story as she explores the world of people who commit crimes, those caught up in their web through no fault of their own and their frantic yearning to escape. By having Lily’s hero write a biography of his Civil Rights activist grandparents, Mrs. Lickel also tackles race relations. In the midst of it all, readers will find a romance brewing. I recommend this book for all who enjoy suspense and mystery wrapped around crime and history. by Author Gail Pallotta