UnraveledBy: S.X. BradleyPublished: February 8th, 2013 by Evernight TeenSixteen year old math whiz, Autumn, spends her days reading about serial killers and dreaming of becoming an FBI Profiler. She never dreams her first case will be so personal. Her world is shattered when she comes home from school and discovers her murdered sister's body on the living room floor. When the initial evidence points to a burglary gone wrong, Autumn challenges the police's theory because of the personal nature of the crime. Thinking that finding the killer will bring her family back together, she conducts her own investigation using her affinity for math and forensics, but her plan backfires and her obsession with the case further splinters her family.When her investigation reveals the killer is someone she knows, Autumn offers herself up as bait and sets a dangerous trap to unmask his true nature and to obtain a confession for her sister's murder.
Unraveled is the first in a series by S.X. Bradley. The story is told in the first person from our protagonist, Autumn, who is the prime suspect in the murder of her older sister, track star Celeste. Autumn has always dreamed of being an FBI Profiler, so when the police are going way off base, she decides to take matters into her own hands-- In a way that will leave readers on the edge of their seat in a full blown panic attack.
We had a little stumble in this tour and it fell off our calendar (so sorry to Sizzling PR and S.X. Bradley x_x), so I had thought I'd have to go lock myself in my room and read it all in a day so we could still get our review in. But that was no problem. The book is fast paced and keeps your attention from chapter one all the way to the end. I can honestly tell you all, no fluff, no filter... this book is frickin' AWESOME!!!
My favorite books are actually about humans, and I adore murder mysteries, so this is my exact cup of tea-- horrible, terrible misery, perfect detail, heart-stopping suspense, fantastic twists, and it's not overloaded with distracting romance (praise the lord). One of my new favorites!
And now, Mel's interview with S.X. Bradley!
*Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in South Texas, about ten miles from the U.S.-Mexican border. As a child I spent the summers in Mexico with my grandparents and extended family. During these vacations, I frequently created mysteries for my siblings and cousins to solve. These mysteries were my first stories. Nancy Drew soon became my childhood hero and inspiration to write mysteries for young adults. When I'm not writing or studying, you can find me looking after my personal mini-zoo which consists of two fish, one thief of a dog, and hermit crabs.
I love estates sales, traveling, spending the time with my daughter, and discovering new books.
*When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I was about 8 or 9 and really into Nancy Drew. I was totally lost in the mysteries and knew that’s what I wanted to do.
*Do you like to listen to music while you write, or do you prefer the quiet?
I make a playlist for my novels. I pick a particular song when writing a type of scene. It becomes a sound track for that scene.
*It seems like authors break down into two groups, plotters (authors who outline and are extremely detail oriented) and pantsers (authors who are more ‘go with the flow’ and kind of fly by the seat of their pants)-which group do you fit into?
I’m a pantser. I have a beginning and end in mind, but really let the characters write the middle and take me to place I would have never imagined. I do start to plot close to the end to make sure I get there in the way that I want.
*What authors have influenced you & your writing?
Edgar Allan Poe, Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerritsen, Gayle Forman, Jeffrey Deaver, and Karin Slaughter. Each one is a master at writing in their genre and do it by creating unforgettable characters and weaving great plots.
*What was your favorite book as a child? I loved Louisa May Alcott’s, Little Women. I thought Jo was the coolest girl on earth. She was strong, a free spirit, and liked to write. I wanted to be just like her.
*If you could spend one day with any literary character, who would you choose and what would you do together?
I’d pick Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli & Isles characters. I’d want to go with them on their investigations, and then hang out with them. They are fun, smart, courageous female characters and I really like their friendship.
*Lana and I both have an unending love for really good cheesecake; is there a dessert you can’t say no to?
Chocolate cake with chocolate icing. I’m a chocoholic.
*Can you tell us what’s next for you?
I’m working on the sequel to Unraveled. It’s actually my MFA thesis and I’m almost done with the first draft.
Susan grew up in South Texas, about ten miles from the U.S.-Mexican border. As a child she spent the summers in Mexico with her grandparents and extended family. During these vacations, she frequently created mysteries for her siblings and cousins to solve. These mysteries were her first stories. Nancy Drew soon became her childhood hero and inspiration to write mysteries for young adults.
Her greatest joy is her daughter who is quite the storyteller and likes to come up with the characters’ names for mom’s stories.
When she’s not writing or studying, you can find her looking after her personal mini-zoo which consists of two fish, one thief of a dog, and some hermit crabs.
Susan loves estates sales, traveling, spending time with her family, and discovering new books at the Columbus Metropolitan library.
Susan graduated from the University of Texas, is currently pursuing an MFA from Seton Hill University, and dreams of one day owning a touch screen murder board like the one on her favorite TV show, Castle.