The Unraveling of Mercy Louis

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This talented lady, Keija Parssinen, wrote a book. Actually, she has written two books, and I am here to tell you about her latest, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis

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In this intricate novel of psychological suspense, a chilling discovery near the high school ignites a witch hunt in a southeast Texas refinery town, unearthing communal and family secrets that threaten the lives of the town’s girls.

Evocative and unsettling, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis charts the downfall of one town’s golden girl while exploring the brutality and anxieties of girlhood in America. From the book

This is a coming-of-age novel. A thriller, and whodunit. A novel that digs into the lives of several young people in their final, tumultuous year of high school, going through physical, emotional and mental changes. The star of the show (or book) is Mercy Louis, and the cast of friends and family around her all contribute to her downfall, and subsequent redemption. Wait, is there true redemption? You’ll just have to read to find out. 

Here are my top five reasons why I think you should pick up a copy of Keija Parssinen’s book.

1. The end of the first chapter ends with a grisly discovery. And it made me go, “Wait, what? Who did this? I want to know more.” Then I turn the pages eagerly. That, is what you want from the first chapter of a new book. 

2. The rich descriptions of places and people. I like being able to imagine the characters in their surroundings, and I think Parssinen does this wonderfully.

3. Usually, side characters are uninteresting, they don’t add much to the story, and are fairly unlikeable. Illa Stark, the opposite of Mercy Louis, is far from a side character. I think she’s an integral part to Mercy’s story, and I LIKE her. I want her to succeed. I want all the good things for Illa. 

4. I like that Parssinen switches narrators throughout. It really adds depth and perspective to the story.

5. There are tones of fire-and-brimstone religion in the book, which I am normally not a fan of, but I wasn’t bothered by it here. I think for some, it gives understanding to a few of the characters, and most certainly, to the protagonist, Mercy Louis. 

So yes, read this book. I finished it over a weekend! You can purchase The Unraveling of Mercy Louis on Amazon. I encourage you to.

Tomorrow, my friend Andrea will be sharing her thoughts on the book on her blog, Good Girl Gone Redneck.

I was not compensated for this review. I received a complimentary copy for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • March 11, 2015 stephanie

    Alison, this sounds like a really good book. I love books that keep me interested and trying to figure out what is going on. Thanks for piquing my interest, I’ll definitely be checking it out.
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  • March 12, 2015 alexandra

    This one was HARD to put down. So honest, such a glimpse of what goes on with young girls today and the hysteria that can topple like dominoes. Great review!!

  • March 12, 2015 Tarja

    Alison, I loved how you put your Top 5 reasons – that is EXACTLY what readers are looking for! Thank you so, so much for your time and care with this book. I know Keija truly appreciates it. xoxo

  • March 12, 2015 Allie

    I just finished reading The Girl On The Train and I need a new thriller! Perfect timing. Thank you!!
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  • March 12, 2015 Kim

    I love interesting side characters – they are so important to the story. And I love the name Mercy Lewis – it just feels like a name with a story.
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  • March 13, 2015 Nina

    Great review, Alison!
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