Life is unpredictable. Nothing new to young Hawksley Pardee in this small Midwestern town; the future holds such promise, yet in a short span everything comes apart, and fast. Hawk's troubles begin when he finds his young wife in bed with a female neighbor, a divorcee. He tosses her out. Still reeling from the betrayal, he's presented with a new unwanted challenge- a mid-level drug dealer and his partner - not exactly the neighborly type, has moved in next door. In no time Hawk finds himself in a tussle with the dealer. Hawk next contracts Lyme disease, which seriously messes with his immune system: distressed, dizzy, every muscle in his body hurting, and unable to focus on simple things Hawk can barely drag himself to work at the plywood factory. Solace comes from two unexpected sources, an abandoned puppy and kitten, and the remorseful neighbor who slept with his wife. Things start to look up when one Saturday Hawk visits a farmer's market and bumps into a woman he carried a torch for in high school. Delighted with possible romance, Hawk hopes his troubles are behind him. His vengeful drug-dealing neighbor has different ideas. When he's murdered, Hawk becomes the number-one suspect and is forced to clear his name. Fresh, complex, and well-paced, with an ending that keeps readers guessing, How Things Unravel delivers a tale of revenge and the unwanted consequences that follow in its wake.
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