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The Unmaking of Ellie Rook by Sandra Ireland

The Unmaking of Ellie Rook

Sandra Ireland

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Imprint: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publication date: 11 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781846974823
3 stars out of 5
18 Jul 2019

"Something smelled off from the start"

The Unmaking of Ellie Rook is the third novel by Sandra Ireland, winner of a Carnegie-Cameron scholarship for an MLitt in writing practice and study at the University of Dundee – and comes just a year after the publication of her second work, Bone Deep. A twist, which is not revealed until the final third of the book, adds interest and subsequently reveals a darker plot line, which elevates the novel into a more serious category than a typical thriller... I wanted to like this novel and it would be fair to say that I did enjoy its twists and turns and well-written pace – but somehow I just couldn’t love it. Something smelled off from the start – the characters had a falsity to them which, as the twist reveals, is no surprise – but still made it difficult for me to engage with them. What Ireland – who was born in Yorkshire but now lives in Carnoustie – is good at, however, is weaving Celtic mythology into a novel which otherwise deals with very modern themes.