Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Unwept (The Nightbirds #1) by Tracy Hickman & Laura Hickman

Publication: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Tor Books
Source:  Publisher
Gamin, Maine, is a remote seaside town where everyone seems to know Ellis Harkington better than she knows herself—but she doesn’t remember any of them.

Unknown events have robbed Ellis of her memory. Concerned individuals, who purport to be her friends and loved ones, insist that she simply needs to recuperate, that her memories may return in time, but refuse to divulge what has brought her to this state. For her own sake, so they say.

Ellis finds herself adrift in a town of ominous mysteries, cryptic hints, and disturbingly familiar strangers. The Nightbirds, a clique of fashionable young men and women, claim her as one of their own, but who among them can she truly trust? And what of the phantom suitor who visits her in her dreams? Is he a memory, a figment of her imagination, or a living nightmare beyond rational explanation?

Only her lost past hold the answers she seeks—if she can uncover its secrets before she fall prey to an unearthly killer.
Unwept begins with Ellis waking up on a train accompanied by a nurse to the town of Gamin.  She has no memory of her life prior or even how she got on the train. Once she arrives in town, she has to try and piece together her little snatches of memories that come to her.  Essentially, all she knows is what others are telling her.
At the beginning, I felt as though I were on the outside looking in while reading the story. Like I was being told what was happening, what Ellis was going though or feeling, but I wasn’t experiencing or feeling it. Ellis was in a constant state of confusion and vulnerability. And I get that. Having absolutely no memory of her life up until that very moment when she is on the train is beyond frustrating to her. But I was more than halfway through the book and I was confused myself as to what was going on. All I knew was that there was a lot of strangeness occurring. Close to the end, some of the pieces start to fall into place, and Ellis finally tries to be strong and take matters into her own hands. But by then, I was loosing some of my interest.
The book definitely has a creepy don’t trust the people you are with type of feel to it, which was good.  The town was very mysterious. The authors did a nice job of that. And the more I read, the more weirdness there was and the more questions I had.
I was hoping that I would have enjoyed this story more than I did. I’m still wondering how I completely feel about it.  I mean I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either.  I just think maybe it wasn’t really the story for me. It did provide me with a few hours of entertainment me though.
RATING: 2½-3 out of 5.
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