Sixteen year old math whiz, Autumn, spends her days reading about serial killers and dreaming of becoming an FBI Profiler. She never dreams her first case will be so personal. Her world is shattered when she comes home from school and discovers her murdered sister’s body on the living room floor. When the initial evidence points to a burglary gone wrong, Autumn challenges the police’s theory because of the personal nature of the crime. Thinking that finding the killer will bring her family back together, she conducts her own investigation using her affinity for math and forensics, but her plan backfires and her obsession with the case further splinters her family. When her investigation reveals the killer is someone she knows, Autumn offers herself up as bait and sets a dangerous trap to unmask his true nature and to obtain a confession for her sister’s murder.
My Review:Talk about a awesome thrill ride that didn't make me nauseous! Unraveled is one of those books that the story sticks with you long after you've read it.
Autumn comes home early from school to pick up some papers she left on the table. What she didn't want to come home to was finding her older sister Celeste on the floor in a pool of blood. Being the only one home and now considered a suspect in her sister's death, Autumn opens up her own investigation in search for her sisters killer.
With help from her cousin Eduardo, Autumn works tirelessly and dangerously to bring the killer out. Will she succeed or become a victim herself?
Let me start off by saying this was a very well written book. The family dynamic is spot on and the characters are full of life. S.X. did an amazing job with Unraveled and I can't wait to see more from this outstanding author.
And now for an exclusive interview with Susan!What/who inspired you to become a writer and why did you choose the genre that you write? Edgar Allan Poe. In 7th grade we read The Telltale Heart, and I just fell in love with his writing and his ability to hook you into the story with suspense. Mysteries are mind puzzles and I love trying to figure out what is going to happen next, only to have the unexpected happen. Great mystery writers explore the good and evil within every character which in turn keeps you guessing about the outcome.
Are your characters inspired by real life people? If yes, who? Celeste, Autumn’s murdered sister, is inspired by a rumor I heard about a classmate’s sister. Supposedly she was a runner and found murdered during the day when she should have been at school. That story always stuck with me. Her murder was never solved and I always wondered why she had been home during the day. I used my version of that rumor for my story.
What is your favorite time of year? When I lived in Texas, it used to be fall, but now that I live in Ohio, it’s spring time. I love everything blooming. My daughter and I like to plant a garden and I find it very relaxing.
Favorite song of all time? I love most kinds of music, especially 80’s rock, but my fave is actually the Christmas song, O Holy Night.
Favorite movie of all time? I love Silence of the Lambs. Thomas Harris’ book is brilliantly written. It has memorable characters, suspense, intrigue, and a stellar plot line. I was pleasantly surprised that the movie adaptation was so close to the storyline of the book.Which book are you excited to see made into a movie? I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the Hunger Games movies. I’m also a fan of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, so I’m looking forward to seeing those as well. It’s great to see so many YA books being made into movies. It’s an exciting time in YA.
Any book recommendations that I must absolutely must read? For YA, I fell in love with Gayle Forman’s If I Stay novel and the sequel Where She Went. They are beautiful stories with so many layers. For all the mystery lovers, Lisa Gardner’s Say Goodbye and Live to Tell will keep you up reading all night.
Thank you so much Susan for taking the time and sitting down to answer a few questions for your fans out there!
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