The unmaking of Ellie Rook

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?

Not out yet… still has to come…

Review by Fany Van Hemelen:
A psychological thriller that silently crawls under your skin!

Ellie has left her hometown but with this sentence: “Ellie, something bad has happened, “ she is back where she left. To find answers she has to go and find out the truth and be confronted with the past.

In the beginning this is just a story about a young woman who is desperately seeking for her mom who apparently disappeared at the waterfall. It looks like Ellie can’t except the truth but when I read on the story reveals a more complex situation. Can the legend of Finella be the answer or is this just a dream? Her brother and friends, everybody is searching and mourning with her and her father wants her to accept the reality and to move on.
I didn’t want to give away spoilers, but I can tell you this is a book that is written in a detached writing style with a lot of emotion hidden through the sentences. When the events unravel them selfs and end at a climax I closed the book and stay behind a bit puzzled because it looks like some things you can’t change.

If you love a good psychological thriller with an intriguing plot this is your book. The characters are well-drawn, but I would get to know them a bit better then now. The unmaking of Ellie Rook has important things to say about difficult themes and is a little book that will stay with you for a while.

Sandra Ireland was born in Yorkshire, lived for many years in Loop MLitt in Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee; she graduated with a distinction in 2014. Her work has appeared in various publications such as New Writing Dundee and Furies, an anthology of women’s poetry. She is the author of Beneath the Skin (2016) and Bone Deep (2018). The Unmaking of Ellie Rook is her third novel.

Titel: The unmaking of Ellie Rook  | Leesfragment | Auteur: Sandra Ireland | Uitgeverij: Birlinn General | Categorie: psychological thrillers | Uitvoering: paperback | pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781846974823 | Verkrijgbaar vanaf: 11-07-2019 | Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 01-07-2019 | Prijs: €16,62 | Bestellen

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