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on January 12, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Psychological, Suspense, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers
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Victoria can’t recall much of her life before she came to Fairfax Hospital, but she prefers it that way. She holds her beautiful baby daughter, Evelyn, every day and that’s enough…isn’t it? But when Evelyn is taken from her, Victoria’s world begins to fray at the seams. It becomes apparent to her that the hospital walls aren’t the only obstacles standing between her and the outside world—Victoria has constructed a hall of mirrors deep inside, every false image a distraction from the trauma of her past life. A white picket fence, a family on the way…yet something feels amiss in her memories of a happy marriage. When a handsome stranger begins visiting Victoria, pressing her to remember her past, she struggles to separate real memories from refracted images she has created, knowing at last that only the truth can set her free.
Unhinge kept me up after 2 a.m. and I don’t regret it one bit. This is just my type of psychological thriller; it kept me unsure till the very end. Victoria and her daughter have been living in Fairfax hospital for three years. Victoria checked herself in to get away from her husband. Victoria knows everyone says he is dead but he visits her every night and she needs to feel safe. As Victoria attempts to reconcile her memories with what she sees, and keep her daughter safe, the past begins to catch up with her.
Unhinge had quite a few things going for it. The world built was vivid, the pacing was solid and quick, and the characters were very well fleshed out. Victoria was a very strong lead, even with her shattered memories and carried the story to perfection. The cover being beautiful is an added bonus.
I loved that Unhinge kept me guessing. There was one plot point I figured out pretty early on, but other than that one item I was surprised by each twist and turn. The ending seemed a bit rushed but still delivered a solid finish. Calia Read created an interesting world that I enjoyed being immersed in. Unhinge is a great example of the new wave of female based psychological thrillers that I have been loving this past year. Strong and smart, Unhinge is worth a read.
Favorite lines – Everything about Victoria was mysterious yet beguiling. Her smiles spoke of dreams, her lips the promise of something good to come. She held her secrets in one palm and her dreams in the next. And with her eyes dared me to choose one. Ignoring them both, I went for her heart.
Biggest cliché – “Everyone says I’m crazy, so I must be.”
Have you read Unhinge, or added it to your TBR?