Gamin, Maine, is a remote seaside town where everyone seems to know Ellis Harkington better than she knows herself—but she doesn’t remember any of them.
Unknown events have robbed Ellis of her memory. Concerned individuals, who purport to be her friends and loved ones, insist that she simply needs to recuperate, that her memories may return in time, but refuse to divulge what has brought her to this state. For her own sake, so they say.
Ellis finds herself adrift in a town of ominous mysteries, cryptic hints, and disturbingly familiar strangers. The Nightbirds, a clique of fashionable young men and women, claim her as one of their own, but who among them can she truly trust? And what of the phantom suitor who visits her in her dreams? Is he a memory, a figment of her imagination, or a living nightmare beyond rational explanation?
Only her lost past hold the answers she seeks—if she can uncover its secrets before she fall prey to an unearthly killer.
The beginning was amazing. I kept wondering what's going on, then when she wakes up in the train, I'm like, okay she's just having a weird dream. When she wakes up she's sharing an compartment with Nurse Finny Disir and a screaming baby. Ellis, as you can tell from the book description, lost her memories and she barely knows her own name, besides that her name is Ellis. Nurse Finny tells her that she's going to her cousin Jenny's home to recover from an unknown illness.
As Ellis finally arrives at the train station, she and Nurse Finny (who knew her for quite some time) part ways. She meets Dr. Lucian Carmichael who's going to take her to her cousin's home. She is met by a lot of stares and of course she's confused on why people are staring, as was I. Before they head out to Jenny's they are greeted by Merrick and Alicia, whom insists on taking her to Jenny's.
I'm not going to give anything, because you're going to have to read for yourself, but it starts off a little slow, but it pretty much picks up in a few chapters.
The characters were amazing and creepy.... definitely the latter. Ellis is by far my favorite character, even though in the beginning, I liked Jenny more than her. Jenny confuses me, like, I don't know whether I like her or dislike her. Especially with the way she start treating Ellis. Alicia, I had no love for until the very end, than I completely understood why she was the way she was. Merrick, I didn't trust him from the very beginning, nope, not at all. Even though he was hardly in the book at all, I kind of liked Jonah, but I don't know if I should trust him or not.
The ending was crazy and kind of ends on a cliffhanger, it definitely had me wanting more. That's my other problem, that abrupt ending, I was like 'You can't just leave me hanging like this.' In a way that cliffhanger worked, I really need the second book in my hands like yesterday.
Until reading Unwept, I never read anything from Tracy or Laura and I will be looking into more of their books.
As you can tell, I really love this book and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery and suspense.
About Tracy Hickman
NYT Best-selling fantasy authors Tracy Hickman, with his wife Laura, began their journey across the 'Sea of Possibilities' as the creators of 'Dragonlance' and their voyage continues into new areas with the 'Drakis' trilogy, 'Wayne of Gotham', a Batman novel for DC Comics and his 'Dragon's Bard' collector's series . Tracy has over fifty books currently in print in most languages around the world. A record of both Tracy and Laura's DNA currently orbits on the international space station and he is the writer and editor of the first science-fiction movie actually filmed in space.