Understory by Lisa Lickel (A Book Review)

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About Understory by Lisa Lickel:

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?

About Author Lisa Lickel:

Lisa Lickel lives in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book #reviewer and #reader, writing mentor, workshop leader, freelance #editor, and blogger. She loves to encourage new #authors and is a member of Chicago Writers Association, Council for Wisconsin Writers, Womens Fiction Writers of America, and Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp & Writers Retreat. Find more at LisaLickel.com.

Renee's Book Review of Understory:

Intrigue, suspense, mystery, and romance. Darkness and light...evil, good.

This book takes you down a road you don't want to go but can't help but travel. That is, if you're willing to take the step. It addresses the carnage a multitude of -isms reaps on the very fabric of society.

Why would family turn against family? Friend against friend? All in small town America? How can a twisted and dark underbelly exist within a seemingly innocent setting?

Through her tale, Lisa Lickel offers a powerful representation of her title. Deep inside the forest, plants develop on the forest floor. They seek the meager light darting down from the canopy above, and grow twisted and stunted but strong. These plants need little to thrive, much less to survive, and should never be underestimated. They literally appear as if they rise from the dead each year...after brutal winters or dry, exhaustive summers.

So is the evil (and good), Lisa Lickel weaves within her book, Understory. This book is worth the read but needs your attention. I give it five stars.

All books reviewed are either provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest opinion or purchased personally by Renee. Her reviews are not for sale or in exchange for any services or fees.


  1. Lisa will always add a fine touch to each of her stories, especially when you enter the dark woods.

    1. She's a very, very good writer. I enjoy her books very much. This one was definitely worth the read. :)

    2. Hi, Terry--wow, thanks for stopping in and I'm so grateful for you, always.

  2. Thank you. Renee. You're a fine weaver of tales and praise is high indeed coming from you.

    1. You're welcome, Lisa. I consider that a awesome complement. :)


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