Questions for book groups
It's a novel I'd highly recommend for Book Clubs. There's much to discuss about Steve's life and his relationship with women Ourbookreviewsonline
This a perfectly pitched example of characters whose motivations are plain for us to see and yet still we wonder at them. Book club debates may well be lengthy… TanGental
- Did you find Steve a credible character and was his relationship with Liesel convincing?
- Who is the more damaged, Liesel or Steve?
- How much has Steve’s childhood shaped the man he becomes?
- Why has Steve spent twenty years travelling and was he wise to try to settle down?
- Could Steve and Liesel have lived happily ever after if she hadn’t decided she wanted to have a child?
- What functions are played by Adam Applegarth and Steve’s childhood friend, Jaswinder?
- Does Steve’s mother speak the truth when he visits her in the nursing home, or is her outburst due to the confusion of dementia?
- Steve believes he’s more victim than villain. Do you agree?
- What do you infer from the title and would you have preferred a different one?
- How was pace and tension handled in Underneath? How does this differ from a conventional thriller?
- Did the novel leave you with unanswered questions and, if so, what were they and should the author have tied up all loose ends?
- What are your thoughts about treatment and care for mentally disordered offenders?