Under the Surface by Diana Urban

Under the Surface

An epic survival-thriller about four teens who get lost in the Paris catacombs for days—a gripping and propulsive story of love, danger, betrayal, and hope… even when all seems lost. She’ll do whatever it takes to survive. He’ll do whatever it takes to find her. Coming August 13, 2024 in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook. Available for preorder now!



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Ruby and Sean from Under the Surface
Ruby from Under the Surface
Sean from Under the Surface

Acclaim for Under the Surface

Praise for Diana Urban: “Talk about frightening page-turners!”

—R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street

“A nail-biting thriller with a paranormal edge, a high-stakes romance, and can’t-put-it-down pacing. It transported me to the Paris catacombs right alongside Ruby, where the twists and turns kept me glued to the pages until the very end.”

—C.L. Herman, NYT bestselling author of All of Us Villains

An epic survival story set in the Paris catacombs…

Ruby is terrified to cave to her feelings for Sean and risk him crushing her heart.

Sean is pumped to spend a week with Ruby in Paris on their senior class trip, and he’ll wait however long until she’s ready to take things further.

But when Ruby’s best friend sneaks out the first night to meet a mysterious French boy, Ruby goes after her with two classmates, but caves to another temptation: attending mystery boy’s exclusive party in the Paris catacombs, the intricate web of tunnels beneath the city, home to six million long-dead Parisians. Only they never reach the party.

Underground, as something sinister chases them deeper , they get lost in the endless maze of bones, uncovering dark secrets about the catacombs….and each other. And if they can’t find a way out, they’ll die in the dark beneath the City of Light.

Aboveground, Sean races to find the girl he loves as a media frenzy over the four missing teens begins.

From award-winning author and rising YA star Diana Urban comes a twisty tale of four teens lost in the dark beneath the City of Light and the race to find them.

FAQs for Under the Surface

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When will Under the Surface be released?

July 30, 2024!

How can I get an ARC for Under the Surface?

eARCs: Available to request on Edelweiss and Netgalley (links coming soon).

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Will there be a preorder incentive for Under the Surface?

There will be a preorder gift if you order an autographed copy through Trident Booksellers in Boston. Details coming soon!

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