UNRAVELING is a fan-freaking-tastic debut! It’s X-Files/Fringe meets Veronica Mars and I loved it, and I’m not even a big X-Files fan! This is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2012… from the characters to the plot twists, UNRAVELING is shock full of awesomeness.
In UNRAVELING, the chapters count down from 24 days, and the story begins with Janelle being hit, and killed, by a truck. Then she opens her eyes and finds herself looking up into Ben’s face, a loner from high school that she’s never talked to, and barely noticed. She understands that she’s alive because of Ben, but she can’t wrap her head around how, or why.
As any daughter of a department head in the FBI would do (or at least want to do), Janelle snoops through her father’s case file regarding her accident. There she finds a clock counting down to something… and reports of bodies — people that died horrific deaths — being found. I don’t want to give anything away because the plot brilliantly unravels for the reader (pun intended)… but I will say that I didn’t see it coming! I feel like I should warn that there is quite a bit of profanity in this novel, though I do think it’s realistic to how teenagers talk.
Elizabeth Norris did a great job with characterization! I was able to easily connect with Janelle, the protagonist, and instantly liked her best friend Alex, and the mysterious and brooding lifesaver Ben. I loved Ben and Janelle together, and couldn’t help but root for them. I also really enjoyed the dynamics of Janelle’s family, and seeing how she struggled with mixed feelings toward her mother, and her responsibility for her younger brother Jared. I also really liked her father, an FBI agent with a fascination for the unexplained.
I was quickly drawn into this fast paced story full of plot twists, and it was near impossible to put down. Part crime drama, and part sci-fi/apocalyptic with a good dose of romance thrown in… you don’t want to miss out on UNRAVELING, so add it to your TBR list for spring! I can’t WAIT to get my hands on the next book in this new series!