Morning lovelies, and welcome to the weekend! I hope you’ve got lots of nice things planned.  First up today, I’m on the blog tour for The Unravelling by the lovely Liz Treacher, and am delighted to bring you a review.  Another brilliant book from Treacher full of mystery and suspense…..

book blurb & info

‘A cappuccino.’ He spoke clearly but slowly, as if he were a stranger here.

‘One shot or two?’

He gazed at me with thinly veiled contempt. ‘Oh, you only get one shot.’

For Ella Aldridge, a brilliant Classics student, life was supposed to be exciting. Thirty years on, she’s stuck in the suburbs in a boring job and a failing marriage. Even her daughter, the one she gave it all up for, seems distant.

But a sinister encounter on platform three is about to change everything. Under the watchful eye of a shadowy ticket inspector and his mysterious associate, Ella finds herself spiralling into a murky underworld where portentous signs appear from nowhere, thoughts are stored on memory sticks and speeding express trains may be more than they seem. As she begins to lose her grip on reality, Ella embarks on an extraordinary journey that touches everyone around her, forcing her to confront the biggest question of all.

By turns poignant, chilling and tinged with dark humour, The Unravelling is a novel full of heart and beauty, about the myth and magic of everyday life, and the sacrifices we make for what really matters.

Published by: Skelbo Press on 13th July 2020

Formats available: Paperback & eBook

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

This is a brilliant atmospheric novel full of mystery and suspense, that had me constantly wondering and turning the pages!

Ella is plodding through life.  She’s been in her job for years, her marriage isn’t in a good place and she’s lost her connection with her daughter.  The only thing keeping her going is the love for her Granddaughter.  On the way to work one day she realises her season ticket has run out but doesn’t have time to renew it, so hops on the train anyway.  What she doesn’t realise is that this little indiscretion will will bring her a week of hell, and many changes to her life….

Hauled off the train by the train inspector, her encounter with him and his associate leave her in dismay and what follows the rest of the week will keep you on the edge of your seat……

I love Treacher’s writing.  This is the third novel I’ve read of hers and I find it so easy to submerse myself in her stories; they’re such a pleasure to read.  This is completely different to the other two but I enjoyed it just as much.

Ella is a fabulous character, and I felt so sorry for her at times.  Her husband isn’t particularly nice, her neighbour is a pain in the backside, her students challenging and her daughter distant.  But what happens during the week definitely gets her reflecting on her life…. I wasn’t impressed with either Derek or Ken but was happy with the way things turned out.  Lily is adorable, and I was intrigued with the things that were happening to Brenda too.  The mysterious characters are brilliant and had me constantly trying to work out what was going on!

The plot is fantastic and really will keep you in suspense.  The atmosphere is slightly creepy but not in a horror sort of way…..just in a ‘what’s going to happen and who are these people’ sort go way.  Treacher is so skilled at storytelling and enables you to really ‘see’ the book playing out in your head.  I could picture what the people looked like, the settings and everything that was happening.

Overall this is a fantastic contemporary novel with an amazing dose of suspense, atmosphere, humour and supernatural elements.  At times it even felt like a psychological thriller so there is plenty to keep you reading!  If you’re looking for your next engrossing, page turning read then definitely check this out.  Highly recommended by me



about the author

Liz is a writer and a Creative Writing Tutor. She has already written two romantic comedies, set in 1920, called The Wrong Envelope and The Wrong Direction. Her third novel, The Unravelling, published by Skelbo Press is a new departure into a darker, contemporary style. When not writing or teaching, Liz works as an art photographer and a love of images inspires her writing. She is married with two children and lives in the Scottish Highlands by the sea.

Where to find Liz online: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

tour info

Organised by: Love Books Tours

Thanks to the ladies at Love Books Tours for inviting me on to the tour, and to Liz and the publisher for gifting me with a copy.  All views and opinions are my own.

I’ll be back shortly!

Chelle x

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