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REVIEW : Unravel by Calia Reads


Unravel - Calia Reads

Publisher : CreateSpace (February 15th 2014)

Genres : NA, Psychological Thriller

Pages : 324


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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.

Warning : This book deals with very heavy topics.

Unravel is the kind of book that stays with you. I'm sure I'm going to think about it for a long time because oh my god, the feelings ! Whoa, I'm still not over it.

Naomi has been admitted to a psych ward. We don't know why. We just know that nobody believes her and what she saw. She keeps saying she needs to help them, who are they ? And why ?

The author kept me guessing until the end. When I found out the truth, my first instinct was to try to recall every passages that I've read and I have to say, I'm impressed and I don't say that often. Calia Reads transported me into Naomi's mind. I didn't just read. I felt and lived the story.

I think we’re all trying to be a winner in a losing game.

Calia Read's writing is hypnotizing. I couldn't let go, I had to keep reading and when I couldn't I kept thinking about it.

This book is deep. I'm writing this and I still can't believe what I just read. I just want to read it all over again and I'm not a rereader. That's how marked I am.

The line between reality and illusion is blurry. Naomi is a complex character who makes us wonder during the whole book if she can be trusted. I loved her from the first page. Her memories and secrets consumed me made me very emotionally invested. I read often about heavy topics and Calia Read somehow depicted them perfectly. Her descriptions are graphic and are meant to shock. She doesn't try to soften what can't be softened and I liked that about her writing. It is raw and heartbreaking.

I can't even put into words how amazing this book is. Even if you don't like psychological thrillers, I'm sure you'd like it. Go read it.


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Sam Frost 10/08/2016 22:35

Normally I don't gravitate to these sorts of books but I love books that make you think like this. I think I'll be picking it up for sure. Great review!

Lys 11/08/2016 10:47

Prepare yourself before reading it. It's very intense !

Thank you :D