The Unmaking of June Farrow

Delacorte. Oct. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780593598672. $28. F
Young (Spells for Forgetting) once again blends mystery, magic, and romance in a story that spans time. After the death of her grandmother, June Farrow is the last of her family line, and she intends on keeping that way, since the women in her family all fall mentally ill; some when they’re older and some younger. June thinks she’s in the latter group, as she has been experiencing hallucinations for the last year. But her certainty that her mental issues are worsening is upended when she receives several cryptic clues that suggest there may be more to her experiences. As June begins to investigate the clues, her own past, and a murder that happened years ago, she has to make a decision: Does she give in to the hallucinations and see where they lead her, or work to stay sane for as long as possible?
VERDICT Young weaves these elements together in a seamlessly blended story that is enhanced by the well-crafted setting and nicely drawn characters. Readers who enjoyed Weyward by Emilia Hart will find much to love here.
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