Monday, May 6, 2013

Unwritten by Charles Martin


A priest, a recluse, and an actress with the priest being the person who is connected to and the link to both of them.  Father Steady helped Sunday with a problem at one time in his life, and now Father Steady needed Sunday to help Katie with her problem.  

Can he and does he help her especially since Katie is not a likable person and is keeping a secret from the world?   Sunday unwillingly agrees to help because Father Steady asked him, but Sunday isn't very keen on the idea of helping a stranger. A stranger who eventually becomes a friend.

The first few pages of the book were very evasive, and the intrigue pulled me in immediately.  Actually, the entire book was filled with evasiveness, secrets, and characters with secrets and inner struggles. The author's writing style is insightful, brilliant, and a style that draws you in. 

Mr. Martin's descriptions of characters and landscapes were incredible and beautiful. You will experience amazing detail about the Everglades and bask in the lush descriptions that make you feel as though you are sitting with the characters.  You will also get a detailed, guided tour of Paris and the town of Langeais, France.  You will be drawn to Katie, the movie star, who was used to nothing but luxury, Father Steady, who can be called her saving grace, and Sunday who gets pulled into it all and doesn't know how or why he did.

The book has an uncommon, but exceptional theme. To me the book was addressing the fragility of humans and their choices no matter what their stations in life are and finding oneself using memories as the basis. Memories that in this case were painful.  It also addresses the issue of making the best of what life sends your way. 

The beginning pages were a bit confusing, but indistinct enough to keep you wondering what actually was happening and going to happen.  UNWRITTEN is definitely worth what I think was an "on purpose" ambiguity of the first chapter.  I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the storyline, and the reflection.  This book was profound and powerful. 

UNWRITTEN is a book that will have you analyzing, reflecting, and examining life. Have some tissues handy for the ending. 
My final comment is this:  The one word you will use and the one I used as I turned the last page is:  WOW!!  5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.


  1. Fantastic Read.

    Hope you get to read it at some point.

  2. Lucky you to get a free copy! I pre-ordered it and I'm waiting for the release date tomorrow!

  3. PS What's the details on the blog tour?

  4. Hi Heidi:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. In answer to your question about the blog hop...see below.

    They didn't give us a list of folks for the blog tour for Unwritten. They asked folks to read the book and post a review on our blogs any time from May 6 to May 10.

    Hope that helps.

  5. Have never read this author, but this sounds very good.

  6. I have to admit that having the names of Father Steady and Sunday in the same sentence was confusing! Sounds like this book really touched you.

  7. This sounds very intriguing! I've read his book The Mountains Between Us and can definitely say he's a great writer. I'll be adding this to my tbr pile. Thanks! :)

  8. I agree, Laura. I was confused at first, but the book was very good.

    I will have to check out his other book, Kara.

  9. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for your review.