Author: Calia Read
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 15, 2014
Six months ago, I was happy. I was simply Naomi Carradine.
One month ago, I was admitted into a psych ward.
Yesterday, Lachlan visited me. Kissed me. And told me that I’m starting to lose my mind.
Hours later, Max haunted my thoughts, reminding me I’m not crazy and that he needs my help.
A few minutes ago, I drifted further from reality, trying to unravel the past.
And now...everyone thinks I’m insane. But, I know he's real, and I know he needs me.
Do you believe me?
Wow! This was such an incredible read! Never have I been more entranced by a book when I really didn’t have a clear picture of what was actually going on. This is one of those books that’s really hard to review – there’s so much I want to say but, more than anything, I absolutely don’t want to spoil this one for anyone. The mysterious blurb really isn’t giving much away and I went into this blind, not knowing what to expect and I sincerely believe that is how to get the very most out of this book and that’s how I want you all to go in. I want you to all get the WOW factor when you read it. I promise that this is a spoiler-free review.
As the blurb says we know Naomi has been admitted to a pscyh ward and we know there are two important men in her life – Lachlan and Max. Naomi is tortured by visions, memories and the past and her story is slowly revealed throughout the book, mostly as her recollections to her new shrink. It’s all smoke and mirrors and the truth is shrouded in mist that only very slowly clears. I thought I had it figured out a couple of times but I was wrong and even when I did guess the secret at the heart of the story, and that was at about 90%, I still didn’t work out the whole of it.
Most people believe the truth is a delicate little bird. They think it’s harmless.
But I know something they don’t.
If they dare to move their hands away from their body, they’ll discover that the little bird is gone. It’s torn their skin apart, traveled to the core of their souls, right where it hurts the most.
And that’s why I’m here and they aren’t.
This was so beautifully written, such a well-crafted and meticulously thought out plot that I found myself turning the pages long into the wee small hours. I just had to know where it was all leading. Naomi has significant people in her life but you’re never sure as you read the book what is actually real and what is actually a fabrication of Naomi’s disturbed mind. The people that have surrounded Naomi are, for the most part, characters that I really learnt to love and I so wanted them all to be real but their stories just don’t ‘fit’ and I struggled for the longest time to make sense of what was really happening but I was utterly compelled and so incredibly intrigued.
I actually found some scenes really quite frightening. Despite being surrounded by people who want to help her, I got very strongly a deep sense of loneliness and isolation from Naomi. People want to reach out and help her but she’s got to really ‘see’ things first for that mist to clear for her to become well and to accept their help. There is, of course, a villain and when Naomi’s tortured mind conjures him up when she’s alone in her room at the psych hospital, I felt and overwhelming sense of malevolence and keenly felt her terror.
I hear his voice. It’s gritty. It’s harsh. It makes my blood freeze in my veins.
“Are you afraid of me?” he asks
Sweat beads on my upper lip as I stare down at my legs.
Don’t you speak to him. Don’t you dare, I tell myself.
I look up.
He crouches down. I hear his joints pop from the movement. It sounds like thunder. It ricochets in my skull until I grip the sides of my head in pain to make it stop.
He’s the one that speaks to me. He’s the one that terrifies me. He’s the very core of my nightmares.
This was so powerfully delivered that it built up to such an incredible crescendo and I was truly taken aback when, eventually, everything became clear. As a blogger, I read a lot of books and very few have the power to truly surprise me but this one definitely did. It’s a genuinely different read, one that’s very difficult to put down. It’s a very much a romance but I was so conflicted as I read it – both men in her life are just wonderful, the genuine love, affection and chemistry that they share really does leap off the page but you’re never sure what’s real and what isn’t.
When you finish the book, you will realise that all the clues are there and it’s the kind of ending that will make want to turn straight back to page one and read again, with full disclosure, knowing everything and really look at the story one more time.
I think this has just about everything – romance, intrigue, suspense, sex and a fair sized serving of despair. It’s a book that’s going to stay with me for a very long time, it’s really quite unforgettable. It’s at once disturbing and hopeful and I can highly recommend it. There’s very little I can say about the plot without giving too much away and I so don’t want to do that so all I can say is – this isn’t a book that you just read, this is a book that you experience. You just have to go with the confusing flow and let the story slowly unravel in front of you right through to the stunning reveal at the end.
This is a Sinfully Sexy Recommended Read.
5 stunning stars
We asked Calia Read to talk about her inspiration for writing Unravel and this is what she had to say………
I can't say that there was really any inspiration. It was more of a powerful main character. I can go into a book with an idea and let it flow. Yet, with Naomi's story, she took over from the very beginning. The further I got within her story, she would drop pieces of her life here and there. Example: Her pasts with Lachlan. Lighting off the rockets was a shock and pleasant surprise. This book could be very heavy on my soul and I needed those light, happy times to balance out the devastating.
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She's currently working on the third book in the Sloan Brothers Series, Ruin You Completely.
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