The Dark Unwinding
By: Sharon Cameron
Released: September 1, 2012
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
"A spine-tingling tale of steampunk and spies, intrigue and heart-racing romance! When Katharine Tulman's inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London. Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity. As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle's world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it. With twists and turns at every corner, this heart-racing adventure will captivate readers with its intrigue, thrills, and romance" (Summary from goodreads.com)
I really enjoyed The Dark Unwinding and didn't want to put this book down for long. I just loved how the story unraveled and how the characters were developed. I especially loved the setting the most though.
Katherine is sent to bring her uncle to an insane asylum but soon discovers that he isn't crazy. Katherine definitely has a difficult decision to make regarding her uncle. I actually didn't immediately like Katherine but a few chapters later I definitely began to like her a lot more. I especially liked how her character is developed though. She is strong and has always followed some strict rules. I think that it was because of how strictly she followed rules that it took me some time to like her. There were also some other great and strongly developed characters in this book too. I particularly loved Uncle Tully and Lane. I even wished Lane was involved in the story even more.
The plot was really interesting and creepy. I liked that it immediately jumped right into the story. I did feel that some parts of the plot were slower than other parts though but it wasn't so slow that it made me want to put the book down. I really loved solving the mystery too. There were definitely some twists that I hadn't been expecting. Some parts were predictable but I was happy that some moments could still take me by surprise. There were even some aspects of steampunk incorporated into the plot too.
The setting was my favorite aspect of this book. Uncle Tully's estate definitely provided the story with a creepy backdrop from the very beginning. When I first read the summary I knew I would fall in love with the setting since I love books in the Victorian era. Overall Cameron makes an excellent debut. I recommend The Dark Unwinding, it was a creepy and captivating story.