Book Review: Unravelling by Helen Forbes

The title of this book is very fitting. Enjoy unravelling the story.


A forest of secrets.
Two bodies are found buried in a Highland forest, a place that haunts the dreams of Kate Sharp. Her mother, Ellen, died when Kate was a child. Does the forest hold the secret to her death?

A tragic unravelling.
As Kate tries to unravel the truth, her mother’s story emerges, and it is one of fear and hope, love and loss, set against the imposing background of Craig Dunain, a psychiatric hospital where Ellen should have been safe.

Finding the truth.
Someone else from Ellen’s past is searching for answers, and he will stop at nothing to find them. Unaware of the danger stalking her, Kate continues her search. Will she get to the truth? And can she save her own life?

Unravelling book cover


At first, I was unsure of Unravelling. I found it difficult to connect with the characters and I wasn’t able to grasp who’s who and where they fit into the equation. I’m glad I preserved because it was a great read.

The plot line of Unravelling makes for a good thriller, one where you’re not sure what the ending will bring. However, for me, it wasn’t the best part of the book. What I enjoyed most was the insight into mental health in the 80s, how people were treated, and the stigma attached. The author did a great job in researching this area and respectfully represented the affected characters and their illnesses.

I have to admit that, although I found the characters interesting, I didn’t really connect with them at as strong a level as I normally like. The standout character for me was Stefan. A sweet person to balance the badness of some in this book, and a character with an intriguing plot for the reader to also unravel.

If Unravelling sounds interesting to you, you can pick up for copy here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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