(3 ratings - Login to add yours)
  • Published: New York : Scholastic Press, 2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 318 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780545327862
  • 0545327865


Recently Listed On


Login to add tags

Share This

  • Book

The dark unwinding

by Cameron, Sharon, 1970-

There is currently 1 available

Where To Find It

Call number: Teen Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown Teen, 1st Floor

Additional Details

In 1852, when seventeen-year-old Katharine is sent to her family's estate to prove that her uncle is insane, she finds he is an inventor whose work creating ingenious clockwork figures supports hundreds of families, but strange occurrences soon have her doubting her own sanity.

Community Reviews


This book is wonderfully executed. Gothic and suspenseful, with intriguing, unique characters, spot-on dialogue, and a not-so-straightforward plot with a couple of good twists. (Marred only slightly by the fact that the villain's reveal is a bit predictable). The language, dialogue, setting, and details of the Stranwyne estate is very appropriate for the time, which is more than I can say for several other historical YA fiction books I've read lately. Katharine is refreshingly unlikeable at the beginning of the story and undergoes a believable transformation. I love her uncle, who is one of the most interesting characters I've come across lately. And I also have to give Cameron a lot of credit for not flinching from the tragic yet appropriate ending. Cameron is a skillful writer.

Login to write a review of your own.