I am so happy that I have agreed to participate in the blog tour for The Unmaking of Ellie Rook by Sandra Ireland as I really enjoyed it – today it’s the last day of the tour. This book left me with so many feelings and I cannot wait to share these with you!!!
Year Of Publication: 11/07/2019
My rating: 4.5 stars
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?
First of all, I absolutely loved this book. The story follows Ellie Rook and her return home now that her mother has disappeared into a waterfall, but coming back to the scrapyard is a no small feat. As Ellie tries to find her mother, hidden truth come out of hiding and Ellie is caught in a web of lies, deceit and danger. As a character, I thought that Ellie was well fleshed out and we find out more about her past as the story goes by – I really liked that. As Ellie tries to find her mum, we also find more about the main players in town and the secrets that are buried.
I was really impressed how Ellie’s story gets intertwined time and time again with Finella’s legend which gives the reader a feeling of hidden magic and endless possibilities without loosing the main story-line of family secrets.
The family is initially portrayed as a tight unit that keeps to themselves, but as we spend more and more time with them the secrets start coming to light and cracking the delicate balance which threatens Ellie’s beliefs. This exploration of human character and unhealthy family dynamics was beautifully done; I got to the point of feeling angry at the situation in which Ellie was forces to live, but also understood that for some people this is the reality, and the narrative speaks true.
I probably would’ve given it a 5 stars if not for couple of issues that I had at the end in terms of Police procedure as no cop would leave that situation especially after what it had transpired. I don’t want to say too much about it as I do not want to give anything away.
I definitely recommend this novel, pick it up and read it so it can unmake you too because I was in pieces afterwards. I really important read that sheds light into unhealthy family dynamics.
Buy Link https://amzn.to/2TOpoha