Friday, July 4, 2014
The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
Title: The Dark Unwinding (The Dark Unwinding #1)
Author: Sharon Cameron
Genre: YA Historical Mystery/Suspense/Steampunk
Premise: "In 1852, when seventeen-year-old Katharine is sent to her family's estate to prove that her uncle is insane, she finds he is an inventor whose work creating ingenious clockwork figures supports hundreds of families, but strange occurences soon have her doubting her own sanity" (King County Library System).
Opinions: My husband read The Dark Unwinding first and then told me that he thought I would like it. I loved it. It was an intriguing mix of Jane Austen and Alfred Hitchcock with a touch of steampunk thrown in for good measure. The mix of characters was fascinating and I loved Katherine as she works to figure out what is the right thing to do while ensuring her own welfare. I loved watching her struggle to understand her role, insanity, propriety and the causes of the underlying sense of horror. Mostly I was fascinated by the location - Stranwyne. It became a character all of its own in a little way. Overall, I am impressed with this book and am eager to read more by this author.