Unraveling

Unraveling

In this standalone fantasy novel by an award-winning author, the dark truth behind a string of unusual murders leads to an otherworldly exploration of spirits, myth, and memory, steeped in Caribbean storytelling.Dr. Miranda Ecouvo, forensic therapist of the City, just helped put a serial killer behind bars. But she soon discovers that her investigation into seven unusual murde...

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Title:Unraveling
Author:Karen Lord
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Unraveling Reviews

  • Lata

    I'm not entirely sure what I read. A story of a serial killer, a forensic therapist, and a pair of brothers, Ajit and Chance, one a Trickster, the other who is sort of human, and sort of undying. A story also of angels, and of a powerful being who can make undying individuals, and can separate a less-powerful being than her into undying and human....

    Miranda, the therapist, is pulled into the oddest investigation she's ever been on by Chance, who takes her through labyrinths to help her fin

    I'm not entirely sure what I read. A story of a serial killer, a forensic therapist, and a pair of brothers, Ajit and Chance, one a Trickster, the other who is sort of human, and sort of undying. A story also of angels, and of a powerful being who can make undying individuals, and can separate a less-powerful being than her into undying and human....

    Miranda, the therapist, is pulled into the oddest investigation she's ever been on by Chance, who takes her through labyrinths to help her find the identity of the serial killer and his motive.

    There was a lot of weird and wonderful in this book, and stuff I didn't really understand, like the pantheon of deities/super-beings, and the stuff about the amulets; but I liked Miranda and her prickliness, and her relationships with Chance and Ajit. As I'm still processing what I read, I'm giving this book

    .

  • Monika Sadowski

    I am not going to lie but I don’t know the author, so I picked this book only by looking at the cover page which seemed to me very intriguing. It’s a big maze with an eye in the middle. The main characters Dr. Miranda Ecouvo and two brothers Chance and Trickster have to go through the maze and solve complicated puzzles in order to catch a killer or rather confirmed that Walther Grey, Butcher of the City killed and mutilated 7 victims. I couldn’t get into the book on the beginning but when I did

    I am not going to lie but I don’t know the author, so I picked this book only by looking at the cover page which seemed to me very intriguing. It’s a big maze with an eye in the middle. The main characters Dr. Miranda Ecouvo and two brothers Chance and Trickster have to go through the maze and solve complicated puzzles in order to catch a killer or rather confirmed that Walther Grey, Butcher of the City killed and mutilated 7 victims. I couldn’t get into the book on the beginning but when I did I couldn’t stop. It’s difficult reading and needs a lot of attention because scenes change very quickly but it’s rewarding on the end. There is a lot of characters throughout the book so if someone likes challenging reading I recommend this one :).

    Thank you to First to Read and publisher for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!

    if you’re going to read ONE african mythology-infused fantasy novel with magical portals, bloody dismemberments, shapeshifting, immortal beings, and a murder mystery that throws you in the middle of its world with zero regard for your comfort… probably read

    .

    that’s glib, but the comparison is worth mentioning. i love marlon james, and i’m willing to work for his ‘catch me if you can’ brand of storytelling, but reading that book fulfilled my quota of maddeningly

    NOW AVAILABLE!!

    if you’re going to read ONE african mythology-infused fantasy novel with magical portals, bloody dismemberments, shapeshifting, immortal beings, and a murder mystery that throws you in the middle of its world with zero regard for your comfort… probably read

    .

    that’s glib, but the comparison is worth mentioning. i love marlon james, and i’m willing to work for his ‘catch me if you can’ brand of storytelling, but reading that book fulfilled my quota of maddeningly confusing fantasy novels for the year. blrw requires the reader’s close attention and critical engagement throughout, otherwise, it can be easy to get bogged down and lost. this book is the same kind of disorienting, but it never came together for me, even though i kept going back and rereading chunks of it, trying to find where i’d lost the thread.

    i suspect a lot of my confusion would have been avoided by reading

    first. ten years is a long time to wait before writing a follow-up, and this lists as a standalone novel, but several of the characters were introduced in RII, and this book takes for granted that you are either already familiar with or can effortlessly wrap your head around its fantasy bits, and i am simply not that reader.

    i don’t think the word ‘standalone’ should ever be applied to a book set in a fantasy realm. because while the

    itself may be a standalone, the specifics of the world are crucial for comprehension and enjoyment.

    ‘cuz it would be fine if this book was about jimmy the baker and the first book was all about his bakery and all the fine loaves he baked therein. and if the readerly WE were only reading the second book featuring jimmy the baker and he made mention of the previous loaves in his life, we would be able to interpolate our own bread-related memories or experiences into the story and we would probably be a-ok. but this? this is about undying/immortal creatures and angels and a goddess and mindpaths and essences and amulets and I DON’T KNOW HOW THIS WORKS.

    but then, neither do the characters:

    same.

    i enjoyed the parts i did understand—which was more of the book than this review is implying—and she does good word-work:

    (o, that assonance)

    but, yeah, i struggled with the conceptual foundation. and i hear you scolding me - 'karen, you have owned

    for years. it’s your own damn fault you didn’t read it.'

    we all agree i am a dummy.

    you are probably better at fantasy than i am and this book will not trip you up the way it tripped me up. OR, to avoid being me, all bewildered and mewling, there are three weeks before this book comes out and

    is < 200 pages. you can do it.

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    IS this a standalone? because it doesn't FEEL like a standalone! i am about 60 pages in and i am LOST!

  • Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)

    I received a free e-ARC through First to Read from the publishers at Penguin Random House. Trigger warnings: death, child death, body horror, dismemberment, severe injury, violence, blood, spiders.

    Dr. Miranda Ecouvo is a forensic therapist who helps people who have witnessed violent crime unravel the truth about what they’ve seen. She’s coming off one of the most gruesome cases The City has seen lately: a ritual murderer who dismembers his victims and keeps their body parts. However,

    I received a free e-ARC through First to Read from the publishers at Penguin Random House. Trigger warnings: death, child death, body horror, dismemberment, severe injury, violence, blood, spiders.

    Dr. Miranda Ecouvo is a forensic therapist who helps people who have witnessed violent crime unravel the truth about what they’ve seen. She’s coming off one of the most gruesome cases The City has seen lately: a ritual murderer who dismembers his victims and keeps their body parts. However, when she’s visited by Chance and the Trickster, two brother undying, she realizes that the murders may have been instigated by something other than human. The three of them follow the memories of various people involved in the case, bending both space and time, in the hopes that they can get close enough to the real killer to discover their identity and stop them before they complete the ritual and become immortal.

    This is one of the weirdest books in recent memory. We’re dropped abruptly into the story with little explanation into the plot or the world. While Unraveling claims to be a stand-alone fantasy novel, I kind of wish I had read Lord’s Redemption in Indigo first, if only to familiarize myself with the characters and the world-building. That being said, the plot itself is stand-alone, and it’s entirely possible to read it on its own, provided that readers are patient and don’t mind having all their questions answered immediately–if ever.

    The structure is gorgeously complicated as Miranda and the undying move in and out of timelines and imagined physical spaces. Very little of the plot actually takes place in the “real” world, and the timeline meanders into the memories of various minor characters, loops back on itself to see events play out again in a different way, and never manages to resemble anything close to linear. We’re always grounded by Miranda, Chance, or the Trickster’s perspectives, which keeps the novel from becoming too confusing. Again, it’s the kind of book that rewards patience and requires some thinking on the part of the reader to weave the many threads together into something intelligible.

    I’m new to Lord’s fiction, but I admire the restraint in her writing style. Her subject matter is complicated, and it would have been very easy for the language to be similarly complicated, which would likely render the novel utterly incoherent. Instead, the sentences themselves are clear and straightforward. I might not understand why things are happening, but I pretty much always knew what was happening, weird as it might be. I would encourage readers who want to experiment with nonlinear views of time and space to give it a try because, on the whole, it’s pretty accessible. In addition, it also presents Caribbean culture/mythology, which is a nice change from American/European fantasy.

    On an intellectual level, the novel has a lot of impact. On an emotional one, it fails to hit any sort of mark. Chance and the Trickster are unique and interesting. I admire Miranda’s faltering when confronted with harrowing experiences and her ultimate grit in facing them down. The characters are compelling, but they’re typically not moving; I never felt a connection to them or to anything that was happening, and it’s my sense that the book holds readers at a distance. Similarly, while I felt I understood most of what had happened, I was less clear on what exactly I was supposed to take from that. It’s not that every novel needs a message, but if Unraveling has one, I have no idea what it is. I’d be open to reading more of Lord’s fiction in the future and possibly revisiting this book to see if I can get a better sense of its overall theme. I’ve certainly never read anything else like it.

    I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.

  • Kristen

    is a mythic murder mystery that unfolds as a journey through time and memory. Karen Lord does a fantastic job making the undying and angels seem truly otherworldly while also making the undying who are currently mortal familiarly human, and I appreciated the thoughtfulness that went into it. However, it never engaged my heart as much as my head, and it just wasn't a book I found particularly memorable as someone who prefers stories with more in-depth characterization.

    3 1/2 Stars

    is a mythic murder mystery that unfolds as a journey through time and memory. Karen Lord does a fantastic job making the undying and angels seem truly otherworldly while also making the undying who are currently mortal familiarly human, and I appreciated the thoughtfulness that went into it. However, it never engaged my heart as much as my head, and it just wasn't a book I found particularly memorable as someone who prefers stories with more in-depth characterization.

    3 1/2 Stars

  • Katja Melander

    I would like to rename this book to Unrevealing. I chose to read this book because my library app advertised this book as one of the new additions to the library's collection and I thought that it would be fun for once to read a book just because it looked interesting, without any background information. Guess the old saying about judging a book by its cover holds true! I guess the author wrote this because she has been contemplating Christian theology and somehow created this book based on that

    I would like to rename this book to Unrevealing. I chose to read this book because my library app advertised this book as one of the new additions to the library's collection and I thought that it would be fun for once to read a book just because it looked interesting, without any background information. Guess the old saying about judging a book by its cover holds true! I guess the author wrote this because she has been contemplating Christian theology and somehow created this book based on that? But don't worry, she doesn't come to any conclusions (or if she does, I didn't get them). She doesn't even provoke you to think about questions concerning Christian theology (or if she tried to, then she missed the mark at least with me). The only question you are left with is what did I just read, what does it mean? Thankfully the language she uses is almost poetic so there is a good flow to the book which makes it easier to reach the end (which still didn't come soon enough).

  • Booky Nooky

    I’ll be honest, I finished “Unraveling” by Karen Lord weeks ago but have not had the energy or desire to write this review. Unfortunately, it was an arduous read for me. I had to force myself to pick it up and often found my mind wandering while I read it. When I finally did finish it, the only emotion I felt was relief. “Unraveling” is a classic example of very fascinating concepts that just never came together.

    “Unraveling” is a murder mystery steeped in Caribbean folklore. It begin

    I’ll be honest, I finished “Unraveling” by Karen Lord weeks ago but have not had the energy or desire to write this review. Unfortunately, it was an arduous read for me. I had to force myself to pick it up and often found my mind wandering while I read it. When I finally did finish it, the only emotion I felt was relief. “Unraveling” is a classic example of very fascinating concepts that just never came together.

    “Unraveling” is a murder mystery steeped in Caribbean folklore. It begins with a forensic psychologist believing a series of ritualistic murders had just been solved. But after a near death experience, she is intercepted by two demi-god brothers who reveal the true killer has not been caught. So they guide her through labyrinths in a netherworld so she can travel through the past, present, and future and solve the case. And there are angels and undying people and amulets. Or at least I think that is what it’s about? I don’t really know. The story jumps around in time, perspective, and reality so often and without explanation that I felt I was traveling my own labyrinth just trying to decipher what in the hell was going on! I’m not saying it’s bad for a book to be complex or take some work to unpack, but the reward better be worth it… and this one just wasn’t. Though unraveling (pun intended) the serpentine narrative was very difficult, the book wasn’t all pain! The writing was often beautiful. Especially in Lord’s descriptions of the demi-gods and angel, she really captures an otherworldly quality of these characters.

    My main issue is that the book is marketed as a “standalone fantasy novel.” It wasn’t until I did a little research that I found out that it takes place in the same world as Lord’s previous book “Redemption in Indigo” (2010). Even many characters and overarching concepts are introduced in the previous book. Though the story of “Unraveling” is standalone, the reader is expected to have this previously acquired information. In fantasy/sci-fi an understanding of the world is vital for comprehension and enjoyment of the story, so I feel like reading “Unraveling” without reading the previous book set me up for failure! Maybe that’s why I was so lost? Or maybe it was just an overly complex book with interesting concepts that just never came to fruition!

    ** Daw Books provided me a copy of the book for honest review

  • Bill Mangione-smith

    I simply cannot recommend this book at all. It was totally opaque. There were sequences from one paragraph to another where the jump made no sense to me. I kept at it for two reasons. First, my book club was reading it, and I like the social aspect. Second, I felt there must be a literary aspect that I was just not getting and I wanted to meet the challenge. In the end there was failure - its up to other readers to decide who is culpable.

    If you do read this book note that there is ap

    I simply cannot recommend this book at all. It was totally opaque. There were sequences from one paragraph to another where the jump made no sense to me. I kept at it for two reasons. First, my book club was reading it, and I like the social aspect. Second, I felt there must be a literary aspect that I was just not getting and I wanted to meet the challenge. In the end there was failure - its up to other readers to decide who is culpable.

    If you do read this book note that there is apparently an earlier novella with some of the main characters. I cannot imagine what context that could provide to untangle the knots that *I* ran into in this book. But I doubt reading that first would hurt.

  • Jill Elizabeth

    I'm with the other reviewers on this one - it's a fantastic concept and there are marvelous threads in the story, but unraveling them (no pun intended) proved to be a LOT of work... There are some highly intriguing and original ideas here, and the characters held great potential, but everything seemed weighted down by a vaguely obtuse sense that I wasn't quite getting what the author was trying to tell me. The read was surprisingly uneven as a result; I'd be clicking along and thoroughly enjoyin

    I'm with the other reviewers on this one - it's a fantastic concept and there are marvelous threads in the story, but unraveling them (no pun intended) proved to be a LOT of work... There are some highly intriguing and original ideas here, and the characters held great potential, but everything seemed weighted down by a vaguely obtuse sense that I wasn't quite getting what the author was trying to tell me. The read was surprisingly uneven as a result; I'd be clicking along and thoroughly enjoying the journey for handfuls of pages, then suddenly find myself pulling back, shaking my head, and rereading the last few paragraphs to figure out what happened, where I got lost, and why things stopped making sense...

    Thanks to Penguin First to Read for my review copy.

  • Kelly

    I think this is too esoteric for me right now. It's not you, book, it's me. I'm too busy and I have a cold and I can't concentrate on this thing. I need something more straightforward for the moment.

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