Book review stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for Unravelling, a thriller written by H. Forbes.
First thing first, let me thank Rachel and the publisher, Scolpaig Press, for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
A forest of secrets
Two bodies are found buried in a Highland forest, a place that haunts the dreams of Kate Sharp. Her mother, Ellen, died when Kate was a child. Does the forest hold the secret to her death?
A secret journal
Kate discovers her mother’s journal, and the tale of a tragic unravelling begins to unfold. Ellen’s story is one of fear and hope, love and loss, set against the imposing background of Craig Dunain, a psychiatric hospital where she should have been safe.
Unravelling the truth
Someone else from Ellen’s past is searching for answers, and he will stop at nothing to find them. Unaware of the danger stalking her, Kate continues her search. Will she find the answers? And can she save her own life?
Beautifully written, cleverly plotted, and meticulously researched, Unravelling is a captivating tale of family secrets.
Publication date: 15/07/21
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: Evocative. It catches the eye.
Unravelling is both the title of this book and an accurate description of the feeling that permeates the pages. Forbes doesn’t pull any punches: her novel is captivating, able to hold the reader’s attention and take them on a dizzying journey. Yay!
The plot itself is well-paced and complex, showcasing Forbes’ writing skills to the nth. The switching between past and present is portrayed in an interesting way, even if I’d like to see some variety there: letters and journals revealing secrets to MCs may as well be a trope, but it’s starting to border into ‘overdone’ territory.
Speaking of MCs, Kate and Ellen have been crafted with care, just like the cast of supporting characters. Given the structure of Unravelling, it needs to be on the big side, but it doesn’t matter because everyone has a powerful, unique voice. Forbes’ approach to the mental health topic is handled with grace, and yet it reads like a punch in the face sometimes—good!
Puzzling moments? Yes. I’m aware I’m beating a dead horse here—the horse is but a smear on the ground at this point (cit.)—but the first POV/third POV switch is so, so confusing.
4 stars on GR.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Crime fiction was not what lawyer, Helen Forbes, expected to write. As a single parent and mature law student, she used her limited spare time to write contemporary and historical fiction. It was a chance remark at a writing club that led her to develop a short story into her debut crime novel, In the Shadow of the Hill, featuring DS Joe Galbraith. The novel is set in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, and it was described in one newspaper review as having ‘more twists and turns than the road to the isles, making it impossible to put down.’ The novel and characters proved popular with readers, leading to the publication of a second book in the DS Joe Galbraith series. Madness Lies is set in Inverness and North Uist. Helen has now taken to crime with a passion, and has published two psychological thrillers. Unravelling is set in Inverness, against the background of a former psychiatric hospital. Deception is set in Edinburgh, and tackles the themes of domestic violence, prostitution and trafficking. Helen has also completed a further thriller set in Edinburgh, which she hopes to publish in 2022. Queen of Grime’s main character is a crime and trauma scene cleaner with a big secret. It is gritty and dark, but also funny and uplifting. Helen hopes to expand Queen of Grime into a series.
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