I received an E-ARC copy of ‘The Unravelling’ by Polly Crosby through NetGalley from HQ Stories, in return for my honest review. Expected publishing date 06.01.22.
This book is set on the island of Dohhalund, a tiny island off the East Anglian Coast.
Marianne Stourbridge lives on this island that her family has owned for hundreds of years. She is a lepidopterist (a person who studies or collects butterflies and moths) and hires a PA to assist in her studies.
Tartelin, who has recently lost her mother is hired for the PA role and takes on her new job straight away.
Marianne is very quiet about the islands past and her own, so Tartelin becomes curious and tries to unravel the secrets and history of the island and her employer.
Will Marianne open up? What else will be in store for Tartelin?
This story is beautifully written and switches between Marianne in the past and Tartelin in the present day. This slowly begins to unravel the mysteries that lie on this peculiar island.
I must admit I didn’t warm to this book, although I can imagine many would. I’m not sure if it was that I didn’t relate to the characters, but it just didn’t seem to bring the emotions I would expect.
Both Marianne and Tartelin are strong female characters, with Tartelin becoming stronger throughout as she works through her grief. I think Tartelin also helps Marianne overcome her past.
Overall, a beautifully written book which takes you through the unravelling of the mysteries of a tiny island.