Book Review

The Unravelling – Polly Crosby

For my first review of 2022, I am joining the blog tour for The Unravelling by Polly Crosby. Many thanks to Polly and HQ for providing me with a copy of the book.


Tartelin has been employed by Marianne Stourbridge to hunt for butterflies, but she quickly uncovers something far more intriguing. The island and Marianne share a remarkable past, and what happened all those years ago has left its scars.

The island has a strange effect on Tartelin, too, finally allowing her to confront her own, painful, memories. As she does, Marianne’s story begins to unravel around her, revealing an extraordinary tale of two girls, an obsession with pearls, and a truth beyond imagination.

Atmospheric and deeply emotional, The Unravelling is a captivating novel about the secrets we can only discover when we dare to look beneath the surface.


Told through the dual timelines of Tartelin and Marianne’s stories, The Unravelling is something of a slow burn, and I will admit that it took me a little while to fall under its spell. As much as I enjoyed exploring the island and uncovering its secrets with Tartelin, I would have preferred a greater emphasis on Marianne’s narrative as it was this that really called to me. The more I read though, and the more the two women dealt with their personal grief, the more caught up in the secrets of Dohhalund I became.

As I was reading, I struggled to see how Polly Crosby would bring this book to a close, and was a little worried that the story would simply peter out. However, when the conclusion came, it was just beautiful and absolutely made the book for me.

The Unravelling is a gentle, slow-paced but deeply moving book that was the perfect way to ease myself into my 2022 reading.

Don’t forget to have a look at the other blogs taking part in the tour.

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