Book Review – Unhinge by Calia Read

by Maryse on January 28, 2018 · 23 comments

in My Book Reviews

Unhinge: A Novel
*NOTICE!!! Skip this review if you want to read this story “blind”. My review is pure reaction, right to the very end, and while I don’t spoil anything per se, my reactions might give you a preconceived notion that you might not want to have going in…*

Okay… now the review.

Gosh darn it. I’m annoyed. Seriously.

Maryse: Okay so I’m just finishing a book and I have nooooo clue what is happening. I THINK I know… but OMG I have no clue, because right now? It’s just so crazy I can’t imagine I’m right??!!! I hope there’s a wiki that will tell me. Confirm it… oh my. OMG… am I reading this right???????

Maryse: Wait. Waaaaaaiiiiiiit. Wait. I don’t understand what I’m reading. Amy. AMY!!!! Anyone that has read Unhinged… please. I’m at the end. I don’t understand. *still reading and in sorta shock but not enough shock for all I expected*

Maryse: *hrmph* Yeah, no. I don’t get it. I’ll have to backtrack and do a search for a few names to find out how they factor into this story, so importantly in the end, ’cause I have no clue who they are and why they matter. And I pretty much read this one non-stop.

Gosh darn it! neutral

bev: It’s an Amy book?

Maryse: It’s an Amy book. ;) But her and I usually see eye-to-eye. Either she or I drank to many martinis with this one. LOL!!!!!!

So there you have it. My straight-forward, real-time reaction of this book. Right to the very end.

I read this one with gusto, devouring every single word, KNOWING that no matter “what” I thought was happening, that I would be shocked and appalled and stricken with OMGness in the end. And yeah… we were almost there. The whole thing was addicting. I was hooked until 90%. And then I was even MORE hooked ’cause I knew NOW was the BIG SHOCKER.

But nope. Yes. There was a “shocker”. One we didn’t see coming. But I wasn’t shocked ’cause there was NO way I could have seen it coming. None at all. So I’m bummed, instead.

Okay so yeah, That happened… sorta. But grrrrrrr!!!! How and “who” it happened with had no meaning to me. GOSH. DARN. IT!!!!!!!

This could have been so good. It kind of was. It was intense, and scary, and ANYTHING could have been the answer, but the answer revealed… did NOTHING for me. I even did a search in the Kindle book, after I was done, just to see if I missed some crazy clue or obvious (but not obvious) foreshadowing earlier on. I did not. From what I can understand (unless I missed something critical) the end was a brand new part of the story and didn’t have much to do with everything I had just read, other than… SURPRISE!! BET YOU DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING!!!! GOTCHA!

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But yeah… I didn’t see this coming ’cause it had NO place at all ANYWHERE in the story before the reveal. So… I dunno. No cleverness in that, I guess. *sigh*

I’m annoyed. I already said that, haven’t I?

So what’s it about?

I dunno. I mean I do. For the majority of the book, the heroine is in a mental hospital trying to figure out exactly WHY she’s there. She’s visited by her husband whom she loves more than anything. And other visitors that show up, that she doesn’t remember at all. This whole book is a look-back into her story… her falling in love and marrying the love of her life… and how she ended up in this hospital with no memories at all.

That’s all I’m gonna say.

There’re so many obvious moments, typical (and yet thrilling) of this kind of psych thriller, and yet… with all of its potential, it’s a cheap thrill overall ’cause the author solves the problem (or the psych-thrill) in a completely remote way.

My reaction? —> Wait. Whaaaaat? *backtracks* *finds nothing* Oh. Well. Okay then.

Anyway. I’m annoyed.

3.5 stars.

Almost 5 stars for the whole amazing story, psychological aspect and great writing. Excellent. But the ending? Nope. So there you go. *hrmph*

Maybe I just didn’t get it? Did I miss something? I did a backtrack and a search. From what I gather I missed nothing. The end was introduced just to solve the.. “issue”. But… wait. The whole ending/reveal was so out of left field that it evades me.



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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Tessa January 28, 2018 at 8:08 PM

OOOH, random ending! Yeah, that always prevents a 5star.

Maryse January 28, 2018 at 8:13 PM


Such great storytelling, and writing to end it like THAT??!!!



Cassie January 28, 2018 at 8:16 PM

I recently read this. Your review summed up my feelings exactly. Loved it until the end, then WHAT?

bev January 28, 2018 at 8:58 PM

“What’s it about?
I dunno. ”


Maryse January 28, 2018 at 9:00 PM

LOL!!!!!!!!! :P

bev January 28, 2018 at 9:00 PM

Tessa let’s just use that as our GR reviews on those books. That annoy or dont live up to hype. Lol.

Maryse January 28, 2018 at 9:02 PM

Cassie. Now I feel a little better. Thank you.

I was really feeling bad about … not getting it, ya know?

Cassie January 28, 2018 at 9:07 PM

I totally didn’t get it. I was like, what did I miss here? When it was over, I just thought, for real? Huh? Lol.

Maryse January 28, 2018 at 9:22 PM

LOL!!!! I know it. I was soooooo excited to be blown away by the reveal. Heck I was thinking some PRETTY CRAZY theories that were completely outrageous (and preposterous) and yet… after this actual reveal, I would have LOVED one of MINE to be true. LOL!!!!!!!

Cassie January 28, 2018 at 9:38 PM

Lol, exactly. It was so disappointing I think, because it started out great.
Oh well, on to the next one!
I’ve followed your blog for YEARS, but never commented until tonight. Found many great books from here.

Maryse January 28, 2018 at 9:42 PM

I’m so glad you’re with us Cassie!!!! You just made my night (and also made me feel like I wasn’t alone in my thoughts on this one). :D

Comment anytime, my friend!

Cassie January 28, 2018 at 9:47 PM

Awww, thanks! Definitely not alone on that one!
*hugs* to you too, friend!

Susan January 29, 2018 at 12:36 PM

Collared ended that way for me too. Just about every book she writes starts out being fantastic but then she kills it by the ending. So frustrating because I think she is a talented writer, she just finishes her books so frustratingly disappointing that I don’t think I can ever read another one. Sigh….

Jean January 29, 2018 at 4:25 PM

Did you have to read Unravel first?

Jean January 29, 2018 at 4:27 PM

I skipped your review for now because I bought this book……

Maryse January 29, 2018 at 4:50 PM

Jean, a review on Amazon says the ONLY connection with this book and Unravel is that it happens in the same psych hospital, and there’s a “fake mommy” in Unravel (which, turns out, is the main character in this one).

Amy January 29, 2018 at 5:02 PM

DAMMIT!!! Miss a few days on here and miss the craziness! Story of my life lately. :roll:

Yes, I am with you on this one. I was ALL IN…until the end. The end ruined it for me. You didn’t miss anything so no need to go back and try to figure it out. I usually love her books, but this one not so much. :?

Amy January 29, 2018 at 5:08 PM

Okay, so I’m going to pitch a book I’ve pitched before since this one was a disappointment…Insanity by Lauren Hammond. You may figure out what’s going on before you get to the end or you may not, but either way I think it will give you what you couldn’t get with Unhinge. My heart still aches from what happened in Insanity. STILL. All these years later. The second book was a great followup and filled in the gaps, but the third one is a HELL TO THE NOOOOOO!!! Don’t read it. Just…don’t do it. I HATED it and it ruined everything. I wish I had never read it. Seriously.

Sooooo…ya gonna give it a shot, Maryse? *covers bev’s mouth* Are ya? ARE YA???

Jean January 29, 2018 at 5:28 PM

I read that series Amy. (I think it was your recommendation). And yes, that third book killed it for me!!!! Ugh, made me so mad!!!!!!

Amy January 29, 2018 at 6:10 PM

Exactly, Jean! I was furious. Should have stopped with the second book and left well enough alone. :?

Jean January 29, 2018 at 7:13 PM


Maryse January 29, 2018 at 8:32 PM

I am, Amy. I AM IN. I think I even one-clicked it years ago.
*backtracks through Kindle library*

Amy January 30, 2018 at 10:39 AM

YAY!!! *claps hand excitedly* I can’t wait for you to start it. :D

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