Young Adult

The Unraveling of Mercy Louis

by Keija Parssinen

Quick take

An impeccably rendered depiction of the strains of adolescence.

Why I love it

The Unraveling of Mercy Louis is both a study of a milieu that we rarely encounter in fiction — a devoutly religious refinery town on the Texas coast — and an impeccably rendered depiction of the strains of adolescence and the complications of family and friendship.

The novel opens with a gruesome discovery that becomes an overnight scandal. As local police and politicians contend with increasing ...

Member thoughts

  • Stacy L.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "Loved the story between the two girls. Kept me interested the entire time as to who the mother of the baby was. Well written by a new author for me."

  • Amanda S.

    Erlanger, KY

    "I couldn't wait to get through to the end of the book and find out why the girls were falling. I think the book ended just as it should've, except that they never told us who Baby Doe belonged to!"

  • Jill R.

    Woodbury, MN


  • Tori G.

    Tulsa, OK

    "A very engaging read that left me semi-satisfied, but also wanting so much more! Would definitely recommend!"

  • Brittany M.

    Raleigh, NC

    "Not what I was expecting but I enjoyed where it went. It kept my interest simply because of Mercy's relationship with her grandmother...I wanted her to get out from under her. "

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    Beverly, MA


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    Arlington, VA


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    Jacksonville, NC


  • Emily R.

    Dearborn, MI