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Unravel: A Novel: 1 Paperback – 26 August 2014
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One kiss can change everything.
One month ago I was admitted to a psych ward. Yesterday, Lachlan told me I'm losing my mind. But I know what I saw. Will you believe me?
Behind the walls of a mental hospital, Naomi Carradine feels her world breaking to pieces. She's starting to believe all the voices questioning her sanity. Only visitors from the outside world keep her tethered to reality. But deep in her thoughts, Naomi is haunted by memories of a golden summer that twisted into a waking nightmare of obsessive love and fractured truths.
Just home from college, Naomi moves in with her best friend, Lana, the daughter of a Virginia senator. At a lavish party thrown by Lana's father, Naomi meets a sexy stockbroker named Max and finds herself unable to resist his charms. One fiery kiss and she's going back for more, beginning a terrifying descent. Having witnessed the unspeakable, Naomi has only one hope of escape: unraveling the devastating secrets of her past.
Unravel is intended for mature audiences.
Praise for Unravel
"A sexy, mysterious, and enthralling story . . . Calia Read's words are so captivating, they'll hold you hostage and throw you into loops you'll never see coming."--Claire Contreras, author of There Is No Light in Darkness
About the Author
- ASIN : 0553394770
- Publisher : Random House USA Inc (26 August 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780553394771
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553394771
- Dimensions : 13.16 x 1.83 x 20.29 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 549,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The strange thing about this book is that there were times when I actually hated it and wanted to throw the kindle at the wall. It seemed to be full of strange plot holes, thing that just didn't add up and at one point I thought I was reading the worst book in the world, ever. The reason I didn't give up is because the storyline had actually grabbed me and drawn me right in, I really wanted to see how it would end and how and why Naomi was in the hospital.
I am so glad I didn't give up, because when the end came, all those little things that had bugged me about the book all tied together and made perfect sense at last and I have to say it is a very cleverly written story, gripping and tense with an ending that I just didn't see coming. Although now I am kicking myself for not seeing it!
This book is like no other. It's wrecked my head to say the least.
Took me to a dark, twisted place.
It's the life of Naomi Carradine.
It must be hell to be In a mental institute. To have to go over your life time and time again. To see the image in your mind and to have to relive your personal experiences with a person you despise and don't trust.
Her one constant is losing hope. To look forward to that one saviour to appear, and for the world to be back to normal for the millisecond. To see hope and a small bit of life is invigorating.
No one believes Naomi's story. Her first doctor has given up. Her constant battle to prey that someone believes her must eat her alive. To see the look the other patients give her, to hear the voices. To think they know your secret. It's a daily battle.
Naomi knows Max is real. But no one believes her. The visions are there, the feelings, the touch, the smell, the true love. She knows what happened. She also knows she loves both men. Max and Lachlan
To think that no one believes or understands you must mess mentally with your head. Make you question everything you believe is real.
I loved the lust, the sexual tension between Max and Naomi. The heat they draw together, there hunger for lust. It keeps you engaged.
The power lust can hold over your body, the way it draws you to that other person, the level of intensity is overwhelming.
Her ability to protect her friend is killing her. She fought tooth and nail to keep Lana as her best friend. How she protected her and kept her secret close to her chest, amazed and baffled me.
Her conscious is overly worked. She constantly sees him. He is everywhere around her. The simple click of knees brings him back to the surface. Brings the agony back, the images. The voices are all around her playing mind games.
He is taunting her in her darkest hours. Reminding her not to talk.
Her life has turned into a dark pain, a life no one believes. Naomi has scars more than most people. She just needs that chance for someone to help her. She has lost all that she has loved.
The book constantly changes from the here and now to the past as Naomi revisits her past. It keeps you at arms length, wanting you to read more. We get to see the real trauma she is fighting against. The demons in her head.
Lost for words.
Hell I did not see that end coming.
To be so strong and live and survive through all that. One must ask the question. How she isn't back to were we started.
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4 STARS FOR NAOMI, LACHLAN, MAX & LANA!
This stand-alone novel begins by introducing us to Naomi, who has been admitted to a mental institution, by her family, against her will. Everybody thinks she is crazy, but Naomi knows that the things she sees and remembers aren't just in her head. She knows she isn't making it up. She knows she isn't insane. As Naomi continues her therapy sessions with her doctor, her story unfolds.
"Just remember that even the purest of souls have darkness in them. It might be hard to spot. Perhaps they've perfected the art of covering it from the world. Or maybe it's hidden in a dark corner of their mind. But it's there. No one in this world is scar free."
For a while with this book I was totally confused. And it frustrated me. I couldn't work out what was going on or how I was supposed to feel. It made me want to flick forward and find out what happened so that I didn't feel so completely in the dark. But I didn't. I stuck with it.
“Listen closely. Hang on to every word. But most of all, please believe me.”
However, I did guess the climax pretty early on. Once I'd guessed the plot twist, things became quite obvious and then, once again, I just felt like racing ahead and getting to the point. To see if I was right, to find out how it would all turn out, etc. I just wanted answers and it made me impatient. I do tend to be quite an impatient reader anyway and this book was not good for my impatience. Lol.
I think, one of the problems for me was that my tolerance for things that trigger our suspension of disbelief isn't very high. I can't read paranormal/urban fantasy novels because I just can't buy into them. I even have trouble with things like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Unless it's Disney (because Disney can do what it likes) I want it to be believable. I'm not necessarily a realist, because I have to have a happy ending, but I want to believe in what I'm reading! It's just the way I am. I can't switch that off. I have to be able to believe the things I'm reading, so the possibility that Naomi might have been sane and seeing the things she was claiming to see, hearing the voices she was claiming to hear, was just beyond what I could accept. So for me, there were two options, either Naomi was clinically insane and was hallucinating, or the book was a no-go.
'If anyone ever doubts whether madness exists, they only need to look right here. It drifts throughout every room. It slides down the sterile hallways and attaches itself to every patient, stripping them of their hope and covering them with despair.
The writing, though, is fantastic. I can totally appreciate how Calia Read drip fed the reader with clues, inferences and memories of Naomi's, gradually, unravelling the mystery! And I applaud her for an incredibly original, intriguing, suspenseful, well written, superbly developed novel.
This book is much more mystery/suspense than it is romance. There is a definite romance element and some very steamy sex scenes, but the focus of this book is Naomi's mental health and what has lead her to be sitting in a psychiatric facility. I didn't really feel like we got a chance to fall in love with either Max or Lachlan fully.
"Tell me what you're fighting and I'll fight with you," he whispers into my hair.
Of the two of them, I preferred the memories of Lachlan. I loved the flashbacks to her childhood and teenage years, where she and Lachlan were crossing the line from friendship to romantic interest.
"I'd do anything with you... for you... to you." He leans down; his eyes level with mine. "I'm thinking you have me under a spell."
I didn't feel much of a connection to Max at all. I felt that the flashbacks of him and Naomi were a little rushed, a little vague and slightly confusing. In hindsight, I get why, but at the time, again, it was something that frustrated me.
The ending was absolutely the best bit of this book. It was brilliantly executed and everything that I hoped it would be after Calia Read has lead on such a wild goose chase. It was emotive, gave you the answers you'd been craving but was just ambiguous enough to leave you reeling, even at the very end. And I have to say, despite all the times I felt frustrated with this book, and even though I'd guessed some of the mystery pretty early on, the ending made me want to go back to beginning and read it with fresh eyes all over again, now that I knew for certain what I knew. And even though I'd guessed right, it still made my head spin.
“I'll accept that in order to unravel my story, I need to be destroyed first.”
For those HEA junkies, like me, this book does have a fully resolved happy ending. Honestly, through most of the book you will wonder if that is even possible, but that is part of what makes the ending of this book so great. Calia Read takes a totally f***ed up situation and does the impossible by resolving it in a believable, satisfactory way!
“Life moves forward wether you're okay or not”
So, I'm in two minds with this book. Parts I loved, parts drove me mad, parts were a little slow... I've given it four stars, because it isn't quite a five star read, but it's brilliantly written and totally original. I love when an author throws something at me that I've never even imagined before, let alone already read. And that's exactly what Calia Read has done here. Very nicely done!
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• Steam Rating (out of 5): ♥♥♥
• Ending: Happy ending
• Length: 362 pages
• POV: Naomi's POV.
• Narrative: First person. Present tense.
• Series: ✗
• Can this be read as a standalone? Yes
• WARNING. This book includes...
Sexual content. Rape. Child abuse. Death. A very confusing situation...
• Writing: Great
Review by Smitten's Book Blog
UNRAVEL tells the story of Naomi. As the book opens, we learn that she is an in-patient at a clinic for people with mental health issues, although we don't know why. The book is narrated by Naomi, meaning that we get to see the world from her point of view. We also begin to understand that, obviously, something has happened to make her need this kind of help, but we are not sure what. The story then goes backwards and forwards from the past to the present, slowly unravelling her story.
Overall, UNRAVEL is an ok read. Parts of this book were very good - the exploration of sane versus insane was adequately done. There are also very strong, dark themes within this book and they were generally handled well as well. However, there were times when I didn't feel that the story or the characters felt 'right'. This led me to sometimes skipping some sections of the book and disliking the lead character. The plot twist at the end was clever, however it is not too hard to guess that this was going to happen.
As a psychological thriller for young adults, this was a very successful book. If you like your thrillers to be a little more tight than this, you may want to look elsewhere.
It was so intriguing to read about how the mind can be so affected by events that it will create a different reality. The only way Naomi's mind could ease her pain, shield itself and cope with her situation was to create another person.
I desperately wanted to know why she was at Fairfax. I was as torn as she appeared to be by Max and Lachlan and wondered how she would ever be able to be with both (no spoilers).
The storytelling was brilliant and I actually enjoyed the flitting back and forth between the past and present. The author wrote the love story in this book so well it was captivating. *Sigh* yeah, so I loved this book! It makes my list of best books I've read this year.