The Dark Unwinding

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     Warm sun and robin’s-egg skies were inappropriate conditions for sending one’s uncle to a lunatic asylum.

 

     Warm sun and robin’s-egg skies were inappropriate conditions for sending one’s uncle to a lunatic asylum.

 

From this first sentence of Sharon Cameron’s "The Dark Unwinding," I was immediately sucked in. This book holds surprises, betrayals and trusts behind every dark corner. The plot of this book is incredibly original and made me want to keep reading until I was finished. "The Dark Unwinding" centers around Katharine Tulman with many other characters that were very easy to distinguish from the rest.

       

      Katharine is sent to take her uncle away from his lands he calls Stranwyne Keep to a lunatic asylum. But what Katharine finds is a genius and a small town she grows to love. Her feelings for her uncle’s apprentice complicates things further. But when strange things keep happening to Katharine, she must find out the cause of these happenings and discover a way to save her Uncle’s village from her aunt’s wrath before she gets sent to the lunatic asylum herself.  

     

The ending to this book was very satisfying, but the author did have some loose ends she could have tied up better. I would give this book a rating of four out of five stars. Typically, I am into adventure books and not every part Katharine was running for her life. Also, the plot seems to get kind of lost in the middle and I almost forgot why Katharine was originally sent to her uncle’s land. There are some tricky words, but you can kind of figure out what they mean from the rest of the text. I would recommend this book for kids nine years old or older.

     

Overall, this is a strongly written and captivating book and I think most people who read it would agree.