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Truly Unfortunate by C. A. King – Review by Cindy Mayberry

Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1)Truly Unfortunate by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Truly Unfortunate
Welcome to Knollville
Book 1
C. A. King
☆☆☆☆☆
This is a full length novel that includes a paranormal, psychological murder mystery.

Truly has lost her memory of all that happened as a child. She is under Doctors care and he is trying to help her remember. The nightmares are speaking to her and she just does not understand who or why. She works 3 jobs, and still can’t seem to make ends meet. Not to mention the abuse she has to put up with is getting the best of her.

Jeff is a detective, his goal is to find out about the death of a classmate at the young age of 9. Now more “accidents“ are happening. Following the fortunes the bodies are found with. Are they accidents or murder? Who is involved?

C. A. King has built this story up and kept me reading. The characters are well suited for their parts in this book. The suspense is so twisted,it even had me second guessing what is really happening. I love a story that keeps me drawn in. This will definitely make you want more. I’m looking forward to see where the next book takes us. Well Done C. A. King!

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Truly Unfortunate (Welcome to Knollville) by C. A. King – Review by Julie Lounello

Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1)Truly Unfortunate by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Truly Unfortunate by C. A. King is a five star novel. I have read other books by this author and have loved them all. Even though this is not the normal genre of books that I read, her writing style is fantastic and makes the reader really need to know what is going to happen next. The book continues to go back and forth in time from when Truly was a child and then as she is a twenty something. When Truly is growing up, she feels like she doesn’t belong and no one likes her. The kids at school are brutal. When one of them has an accident and dies, no one thinks twice about it. The girl who died was the typical mean girl and everyone just thought it was fate for something terrible to befall her. But then other people in Truly’s life start dying too. Now it is time to find out if Truly has something to do with it or not. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series when the author returns!

Review by @julie-lounello

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Truly Unfortunate (Welcome to Knollville Book 1) By C.A. King – Review by Emily Brockschmidt

Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1)Truly Unfortunate by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Truly Unfortunate” is the first book in the Welcome to Knollville series by C.A King. C.A King’s newest fascinating character is Truly. She doesn’t remember anything from her childhood and works three jobs just to pay for her crappy apartment and the therapy she needs. Strange events start to occur in her small town of Knollville and Knoll County’s most skeptical police officer, Jeff, is on the case. I was so excited when this book got released since I am a HUGE fan of C.A King and her Portal Prophecies series. C.A King has an incredible talent of creating these other worlds and interesting characters that I wish I could visit. Every book I have read, and there have been several now, are wildly imaginative and unpredictable in every sense. C.A King is one of those authors whose brain I wish I could peer into and see how she sees life. Her imagination and creativity never cease to amaze me. I am so excited for more of this series to come out so I can continue to love them, as I know I will. Five obvious stars from me! Now to download a bunch more of her books to tide me over until more Welcome to Knollville books come out!!

Reviewed by @emilybee430

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Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1) by C.A. King – Review by Sara Oxton

Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1)Truly Unfortunate by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Truly Unfortunate by C.A. King a thrilling five-star read. This is the first book in the Welcome to Knollville series and what a start, I have read this author before, but this novel seemed in a league of its own. The phycological thriller aspect of the read keeps you so hooked that your heart will be in your throat and your heart will be pumping out of your chest. Then there is the world building and drama and the plot, agggghh I don’t know what to say about that as I don’t want to spoil it for when you read this amazing story. Truly has a story that you need to hear, so go read this novel to hear it.

Review by @saraoxo

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Truly Unfortunate (Welcome to Knollville Book 1 ) by C.A. King – Review by Tausha Treadway

Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1)Truly Unfortunate by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Truly Unfortunate ( Welcome to Knollville Book 1) by C. A. King. This was such a good book. Its not my normal genre but I really enjoyed it. Truly is a damaged young lady who can’t remember her past since the age of 9. Her childhood was very traumatizing and sad. Her mom didn’t love her and she never had a real father so she was pretty much on her own. As an adult life was just as hard, working 3 jobs to try to make rent and also paying for therapy. Jeff has always wanted to be a detective. He was saddened by a classmates death at the age of 9 so he vowed he would do what he could to help others. When Truly and Jeff’s worlds collide thru a series of unfortunate accidents the fact that they share a lot more in common will emerge. This is a super fast read and leaves you with great questions. Can’t wait to read more in this series.

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Truly Unfortunate (Welcome to Knollville Book 1) by C. A. King – Review by Emma Morreale

Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1)Truly Unfortunate by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Truly has no memory of her childhood. Life is pretty bad for her now, so what could her brain possibly consider so bad that her memories refuse to come forward? Jeff is a detective who is seeing deeply disturbing patterns in deaths and will stop at nothing to find the connections between them. Each of them will need to decide which is the lesser of two evils.
This paranormal thriller kept me on the edge of my seat and up at night. I absolutely agree with the warning that is for mature audiences but that could be because I have a pretty over active imagination especially in the worst case scenario department.
C.A. King is a fantastic writer and if you enjoy this book, you should read The Portal Prophecies and The Four Horseman series.

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Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1) by C.A. King – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1)Truly Unfortunate by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Truly Unfortunate is the first book in C.A. King’s Welcome to Knollville series. I have read and enjoyed a number of C.A. King’s books in the past, including her Portal Prophecies and Four Horsemen series, so knew I could expect enchanting world-building and strong, interestingly complicated characters and a thoroughly enjoyable story!
Truly Unfortunate tells the story of Truly, a young woman struggling to remember her tragic past (TW – mentions of abuse although there are no graphic descriptions). As the story progresses, she remembers more about her childhood and we begin to wonder how it might be linked to a series of unusual deaths happening in the present.
Truly is truly (haha) a great character. She is working several jobs to afford medical treatment and rent, working hard to overcome her trauma and amnesia. She is also kind and considerate to her friends, good at solving problems and willing to stand up for herself.
The supporting characters include Jeff and Miranda, the detectives trying to make sense of the series of seemingly accidental deaths. They’re clever and determined, and able to joke about the ridiculous situations they find themselves in! And there’s Stan, the bus driver, a character who will feel familiar to anyone who frequents public transport. I also particularly liked Maria, Truly’s colleague and friend who lightens the otherwise quite dark tone.
Truly Unfortunate is quite a dark book, with a wonderful and gripping story. For me it’s a five star read – I struggled to put it down! I’d recommend it to anyone who likes a mystery with a touch of magic.

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Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1) by C.A. King – Review by Krystal Gaston

Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1)Truly Unfortunate by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Truly Unfortunate written by C.A. King. This is definitely not my first book by C.A. King and it won’t be my last each book has a unique spin and twist that you love and hate as the story goes. Truly Unfortunate is no different, as the story progresses you think you have it figured out, you for your own case and motive and then boom something else happens and you have to rethink everything. Then the end comes and you realize you were right and wrong the entire time but you can’t wait to see if there is another book and how it goes.

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Truly Unfortunate (Welcome to Knollville Book 1) by C.A. King – Review by Roxana Yoss

Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1)Truly Unfortunate by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve had the pleasure of reading other books by C.A. King, and let’s just say that the more I read by her, the more I fall in love with her style. This time, I was able to read Truly Unfortunate of the Welcome to Knollville Series, and let’s just say that it has certainly become one of my favorites.

I love diving into a book that will take a hold of my attention and make me sit on the edge of my seat. I kept trying to figure out what the outcome of the story would be, and let’s just say that it wasn’t what I expected. I’m anxious and excited to continue the journey with these characters, and to see what else the author will do. This was a definite 5 Star Book for me!

Reviewed by @ryoss

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Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville #1) by C.A. King — Review by Cynthia Ayala

Truly Unfortunate (Welcome To Knollville Book 1)Truly Unfortunate by C.A. King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Truly Unfortunate is a quick read for a novel, a tale about the weird and unusual in one small town following Truly, a girl who works three jobs and still is unable to make ends meet with a landlord who harasses her at any given moment. It is a relatable read, following Truly on her day to day excursions as she goes from job one to the next as she struggles to make ends meet, suffering the injustices that surround her. However, the kicker in all this, what makes this story, so riveting is the fact that it goes back in time, flashing back to the memories Truly had forgotten, memories of abuse and bullying. That is the power of the novel that injustices happen, that bad people are going to do bad things but that there is some karmic justice in the world to make everything right.

Once again, it is a short read at just under 200 pages, making it a quick one, but that is not all that makes it a quick read. The fact that the novel moves so effortlessly to build the tension and the intrigue keeps the reader on their toes. Other than that, Truly is a pretty forgettable character, her history and origins are what make her stand out, but her personality, nothing about it stands out. Jeff, on the other hand, his obsession with the weird and the connections he makes to fortune telling, now his actions and reactions, that is what makes him appealing to read. His motives and the way his arc in the narrative moves and intertwines with Truly’s from the past to the present, that makes him interesting.

Overall, it is a good read, and as a starter to something bigger, it works.

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