Thursday 6 January 2022

Book Review: The Unravelling by Polly Crosby

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AD* | Tartelin has been employed by Marianne Stourbridge to hunt for butterflies, but she quickly uncovers something far more intriguing. The island and Marianne share a remarkable past, and what happened all those years ago has left its scars.

The island has a strange effect on Tartelin, too, finally allowing her to confront her own, painful, memories. As she does, Marianne’s story begins to unravel around her, revealing an extraordinary tale of two girls, an obsession with pearls, and truth beyond imagination.

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Emotive, creeping, and mysterious, The Unravelling is a gorgeously-written story set on a lonely island.

On the island, past, present and future are tightly entwined; it's almost as though time has stopped. The island also has a sinister edge, but it's hard to unpick the memories from the truth. One thing's for certain, though - there are secrets at every turn.

Main character Tartelin escapes to the island following a recent bereavement. She's attracted to the remoteness of the island as well as the unusual nature of her new job catching butterflies for elderly lepidopterist Marianne Stourbridge.

However, Tartelin quickly discovers that island life isn't as tranquil as it may seem, and her new employer has plenty of skeletons in the closet. The nomadic island lifestyle throws the unlikely pair together more and more, and as the first hesitant tendrils of friendship begin to emerge, Tartelin learns she must help Marianne uncover the island's biggest secret of all. 

The Unravelling is a slow burner of a book, yet once it gets its claws stuck in, you're hooked! It's atmospheric, unexpected, and deliciously moreish. Think Gothic vibes, beautiful island vistas, and deeply complex characters.

Join Tartelin and Marianne and escape to the island for a highly memorable read. 

Rating: 4 stars 

The Unravelling is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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