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.
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.