Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for The Unmaking Of Ellie Rook By Sandra Ireland and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Kelly from Love books Group for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Polygon for the review copy.
Release date: 11 07 2019
Price*: Kindle £3.79 (GBP)/ Paperback £8.99 (GBP)
Kindle $4.76 (USD)/ Paperback $N/A (USD)
Pages: ~ 208
My rating: 8/10
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What I learned from this book: I learned about controlling and abusive partner’s behaviour tendencies.
Description of the book: A single phone call from halfway across the world is all it takes to bring her home . . . ‘Ellie, something bad has happened.’
Desperate to escape her ‘kid from the scrapyard’ reputation, Ellie Rook has forged a new life for herself abroad, but tragedy strikes when her mother, Imelda, falls from a notorious waterfall. Here, according to local legend, the warrior queen Finella jumped to her death after killing a king. In the wake of her mother’s disappearance, Ellie is forced to confront some disturbing truths about the family she left behind and the woman she has become.
Can a long-dead queen hold the key to Ellie’s survival? And how far will she go to right a wrong?
How this book made me feel: I absolutely adore the cover of this book, I love the design and it looked really mysterious to me. I wanted to know what happened in this book. 😀
The protagonist in this novel was Ellie, and the whole story was told from her perspective. Ellie comes back to her hometown after the news, that her mother drowned. But as I was going through the pages, it was clear, that Rook family is a very dysfunctional one, hiding many horrible secrets. I really liked the way the author chose her characters, they all have a story to tell, they all are interesting and play very important parts in this book. I liked the way Ellie opened up and shared her story throughout the pages. She seemed fearless but used to crumble after her father’s words. I think she represents many of those, who grew up with abusive, controlling parent.
The narrative was very fast paced, and every chapter allowed to see a little bit more of Ellie’s past, and what shaped her to be the way she is now. The topics covered in this book were emotional and physical abuse, bullying, teenage romance, controlling behaviour and many more. This book has some very cleverly written surprises and twists and was an easy and pleasant read for me.
The atmosphere of this book is very dark, gloomy and messy, filled with scrap cars, crows, and violence. I liked the writing style of this novel, it was complex and layered. The chapters were short, and the ending of this book left me very satisfied indeed. Even though a single perspective was sufficient for me, I would’ve liked to read Imelda’s thoughts as well. I don’t really know how I feel about all that folk story about Finella, it adds a nice touch to the story, but making it a core of this book wasn’t really necessary.
So, to conclude, it is a really good domestic noir, filled with complex characters and difficult situations. I really enjoyed this book and the topics it discussed, and I recommend it to people who are looking for a quick but important read. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: Sandra Ireland was born in England but lived for many years in Éire before returning home to Scotland in the 1990s. She is the author of Beneath the Skin, a psychological thriller, which was shortlisted for a Saltire Society First Novel Award in 2017. Her second novel, Bone Deep, a modern Gothic tale of sibling rivalry, inspired by an old border ballad, was published in the UK by Polygon last July and will hit the shelves in the US, Germany and India this year. Her third novel The Unmaking of Ellie Rook will be out Summer, 2019. She also writes poetry, often inspired by the seascapes of Scotland’s rugged east coast. Her poems have been widely published in anthologies, including New Writing Scotland, and Seagate III (Dundee). She won the Dorothy Dunbar Rose Bowl for Poetry, awarded by the Scottish Association of Writers, in 2017 and 2018. Sandra is Secretary of Angus Writers’ Circle and one-third of the Chasing Time Team, which runs writing retreats in a gloriously gothic rural setting.
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