Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris [Review]



Leaving the beach, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit head on by a pickup truck.

And killed.

Then Ben Michaels, resident stoner, is leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows Ben somehow brought her back to life…

Meanwhile, Janelle’s father, a special agent for the FBI, starts working on a case that seems strangely connected to Ben. Digging in his files, Janelle finds a mysterious device – one that seems to be counting down to something that will happen in 23 days and 10 hours time.

That something? It might just be the end of the world. And if Janelle wants to stop it, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets – and keep from falling in love with him in the process…


When you start to read this one, you really need to strap yourself in and prepare yourself for a bumpy ride! Just when you think you know what is going on, Elizabeth Norris opens the trapdoor from beneath your feet, and leaves you gasping for breath. Then changed direction when your distracted.

It’s not just the plot that is different from first appearances may suggest, many of the characters have so much more about them as well.  For example, it’s probably no surprise, that Ben, Janelle’s love interest is far more that the resident stoner, people think  he is. But the ‘real’ Ben, is probably not what you were expecting either!

Janelle herself, is a wonderful character, intelligent, wise, and strong, clearly just the sort of person your would want as a daughter, sister, friend. She’s put up with a lot, with her mother’s illness, and workaholic father’s absences, looking after both her mum and brother. Even so, events during the book, make all that look like a piece of cake.

I also really liked the fact that Janelle’s best friend is just that. A best friend, nothing more. No fake or unnecessary love-triangle here. Neither is that friendship swept to one side once Ben comes on to the scene, it has a full journey all of its own. It’d have been so easy to follow the successful formula so many other books would have. It’s great that Elizabeth Norris went off in a fresh direction.

If the plot’s twists don’t leave you gasping for breath. The story’s climax certainly will. Elizabeth Norris, certainly pulls no punches, and takes no concessions in ending the story the way she wants to. I know I felt like I’d taken a punch to the gut at one point…

There were a couple of things that felt a little forced to me, but I enjoyed it so much anyway, I don’t really care about them. I was really impressed with this one.


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My copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review purposes. 

9 thoughts on “Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris [Review]

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  • July 5 at 9:48 pm

    Awesome review! This one definitely sounds like it an adventure and an awesome one at that!

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  • June 29 at 5:09 pm

    Glad it was good! I will keep ‘read fast’ in my mind if I pick it up. 🙂

    • June 29 at 6:10 pm

      Seeing as it is compared to X-Files on the cover, I’ll keep with that comparison. Just like X-Files it is really enjoyable (even excellent) as long as you don’t stop during it to think to much. I don’t think it’s any fault in the writing as such, but more the theme/concepts etc.

  • June 29 at 11:29 am

    Oh I absolutely loved this one. I realised during reading that if I’d slowed down and thought about some of the stuff more I’d have little niggles about it, but like you I just sped right through it and enjoyed myself immensely. It was a very exciting book to read!
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    • June 29 at 6:01 pm

      It definitely is. If found it really difficult in the review to pin what I felt was forced, without revealing too much… I feel a little safer in the comments though. And it basically the ‘big reveal’ it’s really hard thing to get right without eliciting eye rolling in the reader. I think Norris mostly manages it though.

    • June 29 at 5:53 pm

      I hope you didn’t hurt her! 😉 😉 I think you should give it a go, it’s a really fun book!

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