BOOK REVIEW: Undone by Kristina Lloyd

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By Kristina Lloyd
Publisher: Black Lace (UK) / (USA)
Publication Date: 11th September 2014 (UK) / (US)
Format: Paperback (320 pages)
Source: ARC

I can’t recall my first thought that morning: that I was in a strange bedroom; that an unfamiliar man was naked beside me; or that a woman was screaming somewhere in the distance.

When Lana Greenwood attends a glamorous house party she finds herself tempted into a ménage a trois.

But the morning after brings more than just regrets over fulfilling a fantasy one night stand. One of the men she’s spent the night with is discovered dead in the swimming pool. Accident, suicide or murder, no one is sure and Lana doesn’t know where to turn. Can she trust Sol, the other man, who is an ex-New Yorker with a dirty smile and a deep desire to continue their kinky game? (Goodreads)

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Having read and enjoyed Lloyds previous book, Thrill Seeker, I anxiously awaited her next book. Thankfully, Undone didn’t disappoint though it was of a very different flavour to the previous book.

Truth be told, fictional books that are written in the journal style are not normally my type of book, but in this case the style added to both the suspense and the mystery surrounding the death of Misha, the third part of the ménage a trois with Lana, our lead female character and Sol, the man who becomes more than just a casual lay.

The way in which Lloyd has written the book, it really does come across as if I was reading someone’s journal. I was privy to Lana’s thoughts and feelings and it gave me a good insight into her psyche. Her fears became mine and I really became emotionally invested in how everything would turn out.

As the book progressed, the mystery surrounding Misha’s death slipped into the background. Yet it was a dark cloud that hung perilously over Lana and Sol and their ability to have a relationship. True, this can only be submised from Lana’s own thoughts and feelings, writing in her journal. She is caught between trying to move on from that’s nights events and helping Sol in his curiosity over Misha’s death.

Right up till the last couple of chapters, I was so engrossed in Lana and her relationship with Sol, that when the truth was revealed I was caught off guard. I ended up going over everything that had been recorded. It was clever and caught me off guard.

VERDICT:
Undone has a very film noir feel to it, with the mystery and the erotic scenes balanced effortlessly. Lloyd is brilliant at creating an engaging plot while having fully realised characters. This is a book that is sensual, with that edge of darkness that keeps you just on the right side of unease. Lloyd is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

RATING:
4 star

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