Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris Review

Elizabeth Norris

Publication Date:
April 24, 2012

Harper Collins

Hardcover, 384 pages

CAD $19.99

An ARC was provided by Harper Collins Canada for review! Thank you!

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Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed?as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her.

And even though it isn’t possible, she knows?with every fiber of her being?that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben’s possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father’s files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something, but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what’s right in front of her: Everything that’s happened, the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben’s sudden appearance in her life points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she”s going to need to uncover Ben”s secrets?and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl’s fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.


Walking home from school, Janelle gets hit by a truck and dies, but then wakes up again with her classmate Ben hovering over her. She believes he healed her and is determined to find out why and how. I can’t write anymore just because it would spoil everything and I don’t want to do that!

As for the characters?? Janelle was an interesting enough character. I like how she’s incredibly intelligent and has a photographic memory. She does have quite a temper I might add. She has reason to be though. As for Ben? Well I just hope to see more of him in the next book! Even the secondary characters like Janelle’s best friend Alex plays a big role.

Just reading the synopsis for this just made me want the ARC even more! Girl saves the world? Why the hell not? I love how the chapters countdown the impending doom. The concept is definitely original and I love how everything unraveled. (hah I just had to). There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the characters and so many questions Janelle wants answered and believe me, she gets them answered. Can I see this on the silver screen? YES! I’d love for this to be a movie. I just hope it would be done well. Highly recommended for any science fiction, and mystery lover!

Rating 5/5


“Okay, so two people who are in love—they are who they are when they’re apart, but when they’re together, the fact that they’re in love is supposed to make them better. Love and relationships are supposed to make people better.”–Janelle (115)

“I can’t keep asking him to pull me back from the cliff, and he shouldn’t have to keep worrying that I’m going to fall.”–Janelle (229)

“Chaos is the natural state of life. You can’t control chaos.”–Janelle (297)

Giselle San Miguel is a freelance web designer who has a voracious appetite for reading and manages her own book blog at booknerd.ca. She also enjoys writing, design, movies, and photography.