What Lies Below by Barbara Taylor Sissel

What Lies Below

Everyone has nightmares. One woman is living hers… Gilly O’Connell’s nightmares aren’t just bad dreams; they’re glimpses of terrifying realities to come. Gilly has spent her entire life trying to suppress the foreboding visions. So when a dismissed premonition leads to her husband’s murder, she buries the guilt and pain of the unsolved crime in the only way she knows how—she runs from it.Three years later, after overcoming a battle ...

Details What Lies Below

TitleWhat Lies Below
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Reviews What Lies Below

  • leslie hamod
    I loved this book! A Masterpiece by author Barbara Sissal. A labyrinth of lies, secrets, and deception. Second sight? Precognition? I believe many have some sense of Precognition. The sudden nervous anxiety, a flash, a sense of foreboding.Gilly has nightmares. But more than nightmares.She spends her life trying to suppress visions.One dismissed premonition proceeds her husband's murder. And she is a witness.She runs from her guilt.Finally moving ...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5What Lies Below by Barbara Taylor Sissel was a fairly fast-paced novel that focuses on one woman's past and the kidnapping of a young girl. After losing her husband in a convenience store robbery gone wrong, Gilly moved from Houston to a small town in Texas where she doesnt know anyone. Here she ends up finding herself involved in the kidnapping case of a young girl named Zoe. Gilly isn't like everyone else, she has dreams and pr...
  • Nikki
    4 stars! What Lies Below is the story of Gilly O’Connell and the kidnapping of a young child. Gilly, a waitress in a small town, experiences occasional dreams with premonitions. Gilly is still fairly new to the town of Wyatt, and when a well known resident’s little girl, Zoe, goes missing, Gilly must deal with the dreams she has surrounding Zoe’s disappearance. But doing so also opens the door to Gilly’s own devastating past, and just as ...
  • Sue
    Today my Saturday plans got totally changed. This morning I decided to start What Lies Below and just read a couple of chapters. Here it is in the early evening and I have just finished the book after spending the entire day reading - cooking and cleaning can wait for another day! WOW - what a fantastic book. I was so invested in Gilly's life that I just couldn't stop reading.From the first page, the reader falls in love with Gilly. She has had t...
  • Anya
    There are books that we don't know why but tend to stay on our TBR list for ages without a real explanation. I have had one Barabara Taylor Sissel old novel on my kindle for years, and I recently bought the audible copy of "Faultines", but didn't start any of the two simply because I thought they were "just some probably good thriller" as many others I read this year. In fact I read so many of them that I'm kind of bored of their similarities, th...
  • NZLisaM
    The right blend of mystery, romance, and character study.Like Aimee Molloy’s ‘The Perfect Mother’, ‘What Lies Below’ is another book that even though it deals with child abduction is a tamer read than a lot of books in this genre. There is some violent content but it’s pretty non-graphic, and language wise there are a couple of instances of the F-word, but that’s about it.I felt the author painted a wonderful picture of small town l...
  • Barbara White
    I finished this gripping page-turner two nights ago, and every time I think about little Zoe's abduction, the adrenaline rush returns. This is a fast-paced thriller with heart. Gilly is my favorite kind of heroine: broken but brave (her premonitions were an added bonus). As she struggles with sobriety, grief, the past, her privacy, and heartbreaking mistakes, I fell for her big time. The multi-layered plot also weaves together two separate story ...
  • Kerry
    Take a deep breath and grab on! WHAT LIES BELOW takes the reader at break-neck speed from the opening paragraph to the last satisfying page. From jaw-dropping reveals and unexpected twists, I found myself rapidly turning the pages, as desperate to learn the outcome as were Sissel’s characters. A fast-pace thriller, Sissel’s stories keep getting better and better.
  • Jessica Strawser
    Barbara Taylor Sissel's What Lies Below is suspense at its finest -- heartrending, compelling, and beautifully written. If you're looking for your next up-all-night read, look no further.
  • Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
    Thrillers are one of my favorite genres, but lately I have been disenchanted with them as they all feel the same. What Lies Below is a breath of fresh air! It tells the story of a missing little girl, with the main character, Gilly, having vision-like dreams about where she is. She must decide whether to trust these dreams or if they are a mental product of her traumatic past. I was enthralled throughout and was along for the twisty journey, not ...
  • Linda Zagon
    MY REVIEW OF “WHAT LIES BELOW” BY BARBARA TAYLOR SISSELKudos to Barbara Taylor Sissel , Author of “What Lies Below” for writing an intense, riveting, captivating, and intriguing novel with tremendous suspense. From the Blurb on Goodreads,” Everyone has nightmares. One woman is living hers…….”The Genres for this Novel are Fiction, Mystery and Suspense. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. The timeline of ...
  • Jamie
    A child missing, a waitress with visions who also has a hidden past, a father with troubled romances in his past, a mother with drug addictions. So many scenarios that could be at play here. These characters will make their way into your heart and you will love little Zoe something fierce. This is a story that will keep you captivated and guessing with every page and one you will want to add to your list!I received an advance copy. All opinions a...
  • Karen McQuestion
    I've long been a fan of Barbara Taylor Sissel and this novel lives up to her previous works and then some. Just when I thought I'd figured something out, a new plot twist came my way. I intended to read the book over the course of two or three days but wound up reading past my usual bedtime because I was so invested in the story and the characters. An excellent book with a satisfying conclusion.I was fortunate in that I was able to read an early ...
  • Veronica
    Gilly O'Connell is trying to forget her past and find a new life after the unthinkable happens which shatters the life she had. Little does she know that her past will come back to haunt her and force her to face not only the day her life changed forever but also the current crisis of a little girl who desperately needs her help. Three years after her husband was murdered and the culprit managed to get away, Gilly is trying to rebuild her life wo...
  • Hannah Mary McKinnon
    This book was a pleasure to read. A sprinkle of supernatural and a whole lot of thriller, it kept me guessing right until the end!
  • Shalini
    A review is generally the encapsulation of the journey the book takes you on. I love books which take me on a wild journey leaving the realities behind. This book took me to the edge of precipice and left me there. It didn't allow me to fly. I have read books by Barbara Taylor Sissel, and I have enjoyed her writing. Her blurb captured my imagination.A missing child + psychic dreams = fun readBut for that fun read to occur, the main character has ...
  • Debbie
    Gilly sometimes has dreams. She was in the third grade when she dreamed that her best friend's brother was going to be shot in a hunting accident. She spoke up, told her best friend. It didn't happen. She lost her best friend.She dreamed later on in life that her husband, Brian, was going to be shot in robbery. He was.Now trying to move on, she has moved to a new town, lost her architectural business and is now working as a waitress in a small to...
  • Mary (Marbear)
    Barbara Taylor Sissel knocks this one out of ballpark. A must read for this summer. We meet Jake and his little girl Zoe. Zoe suddenly disappears from preschool one day. Who took her? Gilly is the new girl in town who works as a waitress. She loves making pancakes for Zoe shaped as animals. But Gilly's past is troubled. Was it Jake's ex-wife Stephanie? The list grows longer. The town comes together to look for Zoe. The gossips and list of suspect...
  • Julie Parks
    Thank you NetGalley for the copy in exchange for my honest review.I loved this book from the very first chapter. Mainly because of all the character composition - it was like a masterfully designed bouquet of exquisite flowers. But then it started to drag a bit in places and I felt like skipping over because while there were some rather important triggers about the plot, my main focus had remained with separate characters and I just felt like ret...
  • Noreen
    This book grabbed me from page one. I loved the main character Gilly. I can't imagine having the so called gift she had. Lots of twists and turns in this story and it had me thinking one way when it was going the other way. This was a great mystery and I was so surprised at the end. I look forward to reading more from this author. I highly recommend reading this!! Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC. This review is in my own words.
  • Kathleen
    DNF@ 43%. I can't believe I'm not going to finish this book that has almost nothing but 4 and 5 star ratings. There is just something about the writing that isn't pulling me in. I think it's lacking some suspense and feels too light. So much so that initially I thought it might be Romance/Suspense genre. But it's labeled a Mystery/Suspense/Thriller and I'm just not feeling it. Thanks very much to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy and al...
  • Susan Peterson
    What Lies Below is a riveting suspense novel...and so much more. There are so many layers to this story: a woman haunted by her past, a desperate father dealing with the abduction of his little girl while struggling with his own bad choices, and a story filled with unexpected moments! I loved that the characters in this book were each dealing with demons and heartache and regret...nothing was cut and dry...the relationships were ambiguous and com...
  • Kerry Anne King
    In this story about a deeply broken woman forced to employ her psychic ability—a dark gift directly connected to the tragedy that destroyed her own life three years previously—in order to try to save an abducted child, Sissel creates a heart-wrenching page-turner full of unexpected revelations. Clear time from your schedule—you won't want to put this one down.
  • Carrie Nelson
    A fast-paced, well-written mystery that won’t disappoint!Gilly has dreams that have a tendency to come true. She dreamt that her husband was murdered and it happened causing her to lose control. Now that she’s sober, Gilly has moved to a small town to start over again as a waitress. Everything is going fine until she dreams of little Zoe’s kidnapping the night before it happens. Gilly eventually tells the police of her dreams and instead of...
  • Tiffany Coffman
    This was my first book by Barbara Taylor Sissel and this one was definitely a doozie! I couldn't read it fast enough. If you enjoy suspenseful reads, this is the book for you!
  • Donna Hines
    When your dreams turn into nightmares! When nobody believes in your natural born talents! When the world is your oyster and you hold the key to unlock the mysteries that we hold near and dear to our hearts.What if I was to tell you that psychics not just see but feel and sense what's about to come or what has already occurred?What if they are truly able to tell stories from the grave or help solve cold cases?What if their information was so valua...
  • Tammy
    Gilly is a middle aged woman that moves to a small town to start over after her husband is murdered in a store robbery. The shock of losing her husband sends her into premature labor and she loses their baby girl as well. Gilly saw all this happen in a dream prior to it happening, she has had this gift of seeing things happen to people hours or days before it does since she was two years old. Some people say she is psycic, she says she is cursed....
  • Linda
    Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union for giving me this book in exchange for my honest review.What would you do if you lost everything. If your world was turned upside down by one person’s actions. If your best friend, husband, was killed in a senseless act. You lost your baby because of that? Would you seek revenge? Would you turn to anything to help you forget?What if your child was taken. Kidnapped. And you had no idea where she was or who ...
  • Carla Suto
    WHAT LIES BELOW by Barbara Taylor Sissel is a fast-paced and gripping thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The story centers around Gilly, a woman who has lived through the tragedies of her husband’s murder, her newborn’s death and her own descent into alcohol and drug abuse. A dramatic event serves as a wake-up call for Gilly and she attempts to get her life back on track by getting sober and leaving her home an...