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House of Steel (Unraveled Book 1) by [Smith, Raen]
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"Wow. You'd think that the way House of Steel was written that the author would have written dozens of novels. Not so. House of Steel is Raen Smith's debut novel and this new author will leave you on the edge of your seat as you eagerly flip through the pages of this suspenseful novel. Keep your eye on this one, she'll be a bestselling author in no time."  - A Girl and Her Kindle.

"I flew through this book - I couldn't bear to put it down without reading just one more chapter. The plot keeps you guessing and wanting more, the characters are extremely well-developed and relatable, and the writing is superb. This is one of the best suspense novels I've ever read and I would recommend it to everyone!" - Kindle Reader

About the Author

Author Raen Smith writes romance and suspense novels with happily ever afters (it may take awhile, but she finally does get there). When she isn't writing, she spends her time wrangling two small sons and teaching at a technical college. She lives in a small corner of Wisconsin with her husband and two sons. For giveaways and more: raensmith.com, @RaenSmith on Twitter or facebook.com/RaenSmithAuthor.

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  • File Size: 1595 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DL7Q3PU
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I really liked the first half of the book but the second half was confusing. The characters in the first half became secondary and the secondary characters became primary. There were too many things unexplained and many were unbelievable.

I liked the Jones family but the rest of the characters were one dimensional. The ending was nonexistent. I think the second half of the book was the introduction to the next book in the series. It left me feeling cheated.
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I flew through this book - I couldn't bear to put it down without reading just one more chapter! The plot keeps you guessing and wanting more, the characters are extremely well-developed and relatable, and the writing is superb. This is one of the best suspense novels I've ever read and I would recommend it to everyone! If you want a page-turner that will not only capture your interest but will also surprise you with plot turns and unexpected twists, this is the book for you. I'm looking forward to the second one already!
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By Ivy on November 15, 2013
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This book was interesting but confusing in many spots. I kept hoping for something that would tie the story together but it never really happened. Her characters were intriguing but 2 dimensional, they would have been so much more interesting if the author had taken more time to flesh them out. The other reason for only giving it 3 stars was this writer could really use an editor. Incorrect usage of lie & lied drove me nuts and really detracted from the story. It's basic grammar that an editor, or even a proof reader should have caught.

I think Raen Smith has talent and this story has potential but, as seems to be the trend lately, publishing only part of a story in hopes of making more "sequels" spoiled this story for me. Just once I'd like to buy a complete book with a beginning, middle and ending, not countless sequels.
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I had a hard time in the beginning with all of the jumping to different characters/scenes but in the end I was so engrossed in the work that I overlooked that difficulty. I totally recommend this reading!! And I look forward to the next book!!!!
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What a great weekend read! Smith's writing is so detailed that she takes you on the journey right along with the characters. Living near where the novel takes place, I found myself driving through town (I had to stop myself from taking a detour to look for Delaney's house..) expecting to see Delaney strutting down the street. I very much enjoyed her style of writing that let me "see" everything from all of the characters viewpoints.

Will I read the next one? When I was half way through the HOUSE OF STEEL, I ordered HOUSE OF FIRE...so YES!
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I absolutely LOVED "House of Steel." I cannot believe this is Raen Smith's debut novel as it's one of the most intriguing novel of suspense I've come across in quite some time. Checking out novels of the same genre on Amazon I just happened to come "House of Steel" and thought I'd give it a try, and I'm so glad I did as it's an absolute gem. Just a couple of chapters in and that was it, I couldn't let it go. I kept reading to the very end finishing it off in one sitting. I needed to know the "who," "what," and "why" of it all; I just had to get to the heart of the story. As I read on I kept thinking how bizarre and atypical "House of Steel" was in comparison to so many other novels of suspense that I've read. Smith does a terrific job weaving a labyrinth of narratives that kept me guessing at each turn, all of it culminating towards the end leaving you with the sense of gratification of reading a great story. I loved the characters and was surprised at how well-developed they were, and how likeable some of the characters turned out to be. Everything about the novel was not what it seemed, always keeping me in the dark never knowing what's around the corner.

In the end, I highly recommend this novel to all lovers of the suspense-thriller genre. It's currently listed for "free" on Amazon so there's no excuse for you to miss out on this well-written, intriguing and spellbinding novel that will grab you hook, line, and sinker. I hope you end up loving it as much as I do.

A quick FYI: "House of Steel" is not a stand-alone book. The story continues with book 2, "House of Fire," and book 3 "House of V" - both of which I've already downloaded.
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Just completed reading this publication and am still shaking my head in a sort of wonder. Truthfully for a time upon beginning this I didn't like it. Found it to be somewhat confusing and difficult to follow. However I stuck it out and I'm so glad that I did. Eventually things started pulling together and made perfect sense. There are all kinds of characters twists and turns. You simply have to trust the author and follow along. Felt like I was left high and dry by the ending but there is a follow up publication which I have already purchased. I fully intend to dive into it upon completion of this review. Definitely join me and read you wont regret it. I cant wait to see what happens next!
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When I was first approached to review this novel for the author I knew it was going to be a book I really enjoyed and I was 100% correct. House of Steel was one of those books that just blew me away with the writing and since I loved it so much I am going to be intentionally vague and avoid any spoilers in my review.

House of Steel is a wonderful thriller, and I'm glad to see a woman writing in a genre that while it has some great stand out female authors it is still dominated by men. Raen Smith is a prime example of how well female authors can pen excellent, heart pounding gorey thrillers.

Anyway, when I read the novel it had been ages since I read a thriller so when I picked this one (and the one that follows it) up to read I was jonesing for a read that would have me on the edge of my seat and this one totally did. I loved how the author was able to weave so many different things into the plot of the book and make everything come together so cohesively that I couldn't help but love it.

The characters, were actually a lot more well developed than I thought they would be. I thought this would be more of a plot driven thriller but the plot as well as the characters equally made the book as good as it was. I liked that the characters actually had some very good development to them and I ended up rooting for Delaney a lot more in the end than I would have thought when I first started the book.

Overall, I thought that Raen Smith put forth a fantastic debut novel with complex characters and a fascinating, engaging plot that kept me guessing and kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning. I loved the violence and the gore and I thought that it was great to see a female author writing in the genre.
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