“Clever and chilling; [Underneath] is a story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.”

Steve’s choice in this literary thriller is clear: if he could somehow make her stay, he wouldn’t have to choose… and he’d get to use the cellar.

Underneath is Polari Prize-shortlisted author Anne Goodwin’s second novel.

276 pages (65,000 words)

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He never intended to be a jailer…

After years of travelling, responsible to no-one but himself, Steve has resolved to settle down. He gets a job, buys a house and persuades Liesel to move in with him.

Life’s perfect, until Liesel delivers her ultimatum: if he won’t agree to start a family, she’ll have to leave. He can’t bear to lose her, but how can he face the prospect of fatherhood when he has no idea what being a father means? If he could somehow make her stay, he wouldn’t have to choose … and it would be a shame not to make use of the cellar.

Will this be the solution to his problems, or the catalyst for his own unravelling?


Like Steve, Anne Goodwin used to like to travel. Like Liesel, she’s worked in mental health services, where her focus, as a clinical psychologist, was on helping people tell their neglected stories to themselves.

As a break from finding her own words, she is an avid reader and barely-competent soprano in a mixed-voice choir. The ongoing tension between her real-life and fictional sides is played out on her website, blog, and via tweets.

You can learn more about Anne Goodwin by visiting her author page here on the IQ website.

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Anne Goodwin
Category: Psychological Suspense
Release Date: May 2017

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-908600-57-8
Pages: 276
RRP: £9.99 / 12.99€ / $14.99

Format: eBook (MOBI & ePUB)
ISBN: 978-1-908600-58-5
RRP: £3.49 / 3.99€ / $3.99


A dark and disturbing tale of a man who appears ordinary on the surface, but is deeply damaged. Clever and chilling; [Underneath] is a story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.

Sanjida Kay, author of Bone by Bone and The Stolen Child

This is a book to make you wonder, to ponder. How on earth would someone get to the point Steve gets to, if not a classic psychopath? It’s obvious and yet it’s opaque too. I think I will be unpicking this for a while yet. I really suggest you read it and make up your own mind; you won’t be disappointed.

Geoff Le Pard, TanGental

I read this book with a sense of foreboding that the author delivered beautifully. There was always that apprehension and a feeling that something bad was going to happen, and this had me glued to my Kindle, my day lost in this menacing novel.

Sophie, Book Drunk

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