My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What’s a girl to do when her imprisoned brother begs her to delve into their father’s sixteen-year-old murder conviction? How about peel back the lies, upend the fairy tales, and roil the populace of Lavitte—a sweet apple of a town with a wormy, festering core? That’s what Allison Fennimore chooses. Despite her infamous surname and people’s wilted memories, this jaded cynic of a daughter sinks her teeth in and refuses to let go. She can practically taste the bitterness of that long-ago, twisted night when two teenagers died, linked to her father by bad luck and a few strands of rope.
Ignoring the dense local atmosphere where image trumps substance and lies become legend, Allison stirs the pot. The more layers she discards, the more elusive the truth becomes. And when a key source of information turns up dead, the dark edges of resentment coil in around her like a slowly tightening noose. As revelations get ugly, Allison may wish she’d never ventured toward the forbidden fruit of truth.
I really enjoyed this book. I love a good thriller/mystery/dramatic story to unfold and Raveled delivered.
The MC Allison (actually her brother Kevin) has a burning question that needs to be answered. Answering this question sends her back to Levitte, the scene of the crime. The crime being her father being convicted of the murder of two teens.
The Fennimore family is in shambles since Artie’s untimely death before he can be declared Guilty of murder. Her mother’s brain has become its own worst enemy, sending her into fugue, demented states with short, infrequent moments of clarity. Her brother found solace at the bottom of a bottle and is currently in rehab. Allison, who tends bar in New York and enjoys the nameless facelessness of her job, might be the most “put together” member of the family. Hence why she’s chosen to investigate what really happened the night of the murder and clear her father’s name.
Raveled is a fast paced, plot driven, complicated, twisty ride from beginning to end. McAneny uses a familiar, conversational, comedic tone that makes reading go quickly and easily. There were a few times I thought I had solved the mystery, and I was wrong. Once it began to unfold and the pieces started to come together, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
I would definitely read another Anne McAneny Mystery.