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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In this standalone fantasy novel by an award-winning author, the dark truth behind a string of unusual murders leads to an otherworldly exploration of spirits, myth, and memory, steeped in Caribbean storytelling.

Dr. Miranda Ecouvo, forensic therapist of the City, just helped put a serial killer behind bars. But she soon discovers that her investigation into seven unusual m
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by DAW Books
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May 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-from-work
if you’re going to read ONE african mythology-infused fantasy novel with magical portals, bloody dismemberments, shapeshifting, immortal beings, and a murder mystery that throws you in the middle of its world with zero regard for your comfort… probably read Black Leopard, Red Wolf.

that’s glib, but the comparison is worth mentioning. i love marlon james, and i’m willing to work for his ‘catch me if you can’ brand of storytelling, but reading that book fulfilled my quota of maddeningly confusing
Monika Sadowski
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not going to lie but I don’t know the author, so I picked this book only by looking at the cover page which seemed to me very intriguing. It’s a big maze with an eye in the middle. The main characters Dr. Miranda Ecouvo and two brothers Chance and Trickster have to go through the maze and solve complicated puzzles in order to catch a killer or rather confirmed that Walther Grey, Butcher of the City killed and mutilated 7 victims. I couldn’t get into the book on the beginning but when I did ...more
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through First to Read from the publishers at Penguin Random House. Trigger warnings: death, child death, body horror, dismemberment, severe injury, violence, blood, spiders.

Dr. Miranda Ecouvo is a forensic therapist who helps people who have witnessed violent crime unravel the truth about what they’ve seen. She’s coming off one of the most gruesome cases The City has seen lately: a ritual murderer who dismembers his victims and keeps their body parts. However, when she’s
Seema Rao
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Literary ~ Suspenseful ~ Intriguing

This book requires a bit of trust to get into. I spent the first chapter a bit lost, because I hadn't pre-read the blurb (I rarely do). But, the writing was strong, and the pacing was enjoyable. In the end, this book turned out to be the type of murder mystery that is as much literary novel as procedural (like Smilla's Sense of Snow in quality, though in no other sense). I love a mystery novel that breaks genres, like this on with its fantasy and mystical eleme
Jill Elizabeth
Apr 05, 2019 marked it as done-with  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
I'm with the other reviewers on this one - it's a fantastic concept and there are marvelous threads in the story, but unraveling them (no pun intended) proved to be a LOT of work... There are some highly intriguing and original ideas here, and the characters held great potential, but everything seemed weighted down by a vaguely obtuse sense that I wasn't quite getting what the author was trying to tell me. The read was surprisingly uneven as a result; I'd be clicking along and thoroughly enjoyin ...more
Brooke Banks
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Won from Penguin’s First to Read site.

WTF did I just read? I legit don't know. I feel mindfucked in a satisfying way.

I was initially intrigued by the paranormal mystery aspect and it being inspired by Caribbean mythology.

The first half does include the ‘who is killing these people’ mystery. But it goes about it in such SUCH a different way.

Then it shifts to this soul-searching soul-mated redemption kind of thing.

All set in this weird-but-not-really world with landowners reigning like Rome and
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
More like a 2.5

This book was very confusing to me unfortunately. There is a lot of stuff happening, but once we veered away from the murder mystery aspect of the story, I got really lost. I could sit and read numerous chapters at a time, but couldn't tell you or understand what was going on for most of this book. I even re-read several sections to see if maybe I missed something that would tie what I was reading together, but that didn't help. There are also multiple POVs, which is something I d
Stephan Classen
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story takes a bit to draw you in, much like figuring out how a labyrinth's twists and turns will get you to the end. But once in, it was a compelling story of seeing both past and future, and needing human choice to decide how to catch a murderer. Throughout it all, it ties a mystic type/group of beings to the inner workings of human society, and also does a lot of good work on determining what it means to be human.

I would rate it higher if it had gripped me more, but it was engaging, using
Galen Strickland
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Closer to 4.5 stars, although after I think on it some more, or re-read it, that might increase to 5.

I was confused throughout, but don't interpret that as anything more than my comprehension skills. I _think_ I know the answer to the puzzle, but may be mistaken. I should re-read this, and Redemption in Indigo too, but that will have to wait for later.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Traveling in a labyrinth of memory and the potential future alongside otherworldly spirits, the truth and the bounds of reality are explored in Karen Lord's Unraveling. 

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A forensic therapist, Dr. Miranda Ecouvo helped to solve a string of serial killings in the City, but her investigation is not yet quite complete. Faced with a near-death experience where she's almost hit by a bus, Miranda is thrown fr
Chaya Nebel
Fantasy book with a twist. Interesting, definitely different kind of read.
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Apr 21, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
I received a free eARC from Penguin First to Read.

I just couldn’t get into this book. The writing was good but the setting was confusing. I couldn’t tell what exactly was going on after 50 pages and I just wasn’t feeling it.
At times this book made me dizzy. I spent a large portion of the book trying to figure out exactly what was happening. I felt like I stepped in the middle of a story. That I wandered into the labyrinth and suddenly had to figure out a complex puzzle without being given all the pieces to do so.

This is a complex plot where Miranda has to help solve a crime that’s already been committed by delving inside the minds of people involved in the case. The goal is to stop the murderer on their path from b
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“And what happens when all the threads of the tapestry have been traveled? Do you then go over them again and again in an attempt to relive the best parts? Because nothing will be like that first experience. Nothing.” 1 likes
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