Unleashed by Emily Kimelman Book Summary
My dog once took a bullet that was intended for me.
A bullet that ripped through his chest, narrowly missing his heart, and exited through his shoulder blade, effectively shattering it. This left him unconscious on the floor of my home. Amazingly, this bullet did not kill him.
Ten years ago I adopted Blue as a present to myself after I broke up with my boyfriend one hot, early summer night with the windows open and the neighborhood listening. The next morning I went straight to the pound in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Articles on buying your first dog tell you never to buy a dog on impulse. They want you to be prepared for this new member of your family, to understand the responsibilities and challenges of owning a dog. Going to the pound because you need something in your life that's worth holding onto is rarely, if ever, mentioned.
I asked the man at the pound to show me the biggest dogs they had. He showed me some seven-week-old Rottweiler-German shepherd puppies that he said would grow to be quite large. Then he showed me a six-month-old shepherd that would get pretty big. Then he showed me Blue, the largest dog they had.
The man called him a Collie mix and he was stuffed into the biggest cage they had, but he didn't fit. He was as tall as a Great Dane but much skinnier, with the snout of a collie, the markings of a Siberian husky, the ears and tail of a shepherd and the body of a wolf, with one blue eye and one brown. Crouched in a sitting position, unable to lie down, unable to sit all the way up, he looked at me from between the bars, and I fell in love.
"He's still underweight," the man in the blue scrubs told me as we looked at Blue. "I'll tell you, lady, he's pretty but he's skittish. He sheds, and I mean sheds. I don't think you want this dog." But I knew I wanted him. I knew I had to have him. He was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.
Blue cost me $108. I brought him home, and we lived together for years. He was, for most of our relationship, my only companion. But when I first met Blue, a lifetime ago now, I had family and friends. I worked at a crappy coffeehouse. I was young and lost; I was normal.
Back then, at the beginning of this story, before I'd ever seen a corpse, before Blue saved my life, before I felt what it was like to kill someone in cold blood, I was still Joy Humbolt.
I'd never even heard the name Sydney Rye.
P.S. The dog does not die.
**Beware: If you can't handle a few f-bombs, you can't handle this series.**
Unleashed (Emily Kimelman) Book Reviews
UnleashedEnjoyed this book!.Score: 5/5
UnleashedFun adult read. Blue is amazing and yeah parts made me cry because the characters are written to be remembered and appreciated..Score: 5/5
S & M element. Not a fan.Interesting enough story up until that point. Suspect theme is character related rather than just plot-line--presses my "yech!" button. Haven't finished yet, so can't confirm...don't know if I will finish..Score: 3/5
UnleashedDarn fine book!.Score: 5/5
?Beautifully written characters you can believe. A great start to the series..Score: 5/5
UnleashedOne heck of a good book which started out slowly and turned into a very good one. Never read any of her books before but will continue readings from this author. Thanks for a great book. Another old grandma..Score: 5/5
Very enjoyable.Love the twists, the characters. I laughed out loud and cried...not expecting that.... Never a dull moment. Looking forward to the rest of the series....Score: 4/5
BadThis book is not for me.Score: 1/5
Enjoyable!Just the right amount of adventure, humor and emotion! Thanks..Score: 5/5
UnleashedGreat book, twist, turns and excitement, and love Blue.Score: 4/5
New favouriteUnputdownable! So many unexpected twists and such an imperfect heroine...loved it.Score: 5/5
Surprise!Wasn't what I thought but I did enjoy it. Mystery murder and mayhem. What's not to like. Mickey.Score: 5/5
Made it to 10%By 10% there were no interesting or likable characters, the plot episodic, and I could not find myself wasting heartbeats on this. Two stars because of its different opening..Score: 2/5
UnleashedI read this book in one sitting. It kept me involved so I wanted to keep going and I love the dog..Score: 5/5
Not my cup of tea or tequila or whatever she's havingI do hope to God (or whatever the author believes in) that she got more out of writing it than I did reading it: laboring/slogging my way through hubris and alcohol (and leftover Chinese food) and repeatedly bad judgment on the part of the "heroine" ... and unnecessary plot twists just to reach this review page. Some "twists" seemed to exist just to drive home moral points. But it is clearly not a morality play;-) Obviously there are many fans out there and many sequels to come, so I wish you all happy writing and reading. I'm just counting myself out..Score: 1/5
UnleashedLoved this novel. Very easy reading with unbelievable twists and turns. Well written and thoroughly entertaining. Totally recommend for mystery enthusiasts..Score: 5/5
Unleashed.Enjoyed this book very much. It will keep you on the edge until the end. Lots of turns will keep you guessing if he enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others thank you so much..Score: 5/5
UnleashedIf I could give this book a rating of 0 it would deserve it in my opinion. I only read a few pages before filthy language is used. Thank goodness this trashy book was free.Score: 1/5
UnleashedGot thru middle of chapter 2 & couldn't stand the low class trashy language. That told me the story had no depth, & would not be a good read, & one that I could never recommend! I have to give it one star in order to send review!.Score: 1/5
Believability came up shortIt was entertaining, but there were many parts that fell far short of being believeable. When an animal or person is severely injured or sick they don’t get up a couple of days later and are perfectly fine again. That was just an example of how parts of the story just did not make the story good. Its too bad it looked like it would be fun. I felt at the end that I wasted my time with this one..Score: 2/5
Fast paced book that draws you in immediatelyLoved the book. Nope didn’t mind the cursing. Loved the fast pace of the story can wait to read book 2! Blue is the best dog ever.Score: 5/5
Oh my goshOk so that was the best book ever I can't wait to read more in the series I rlly hope to read more📕📘📙 infinity stars.Score: 5/5
UnleashedGreat story but i noticed 1 mistake in termonology in the story. Handguns use MAGAZINES not clips.Score: 4/5
Unleashed"Unleashed" is one of those adult mysteries that is extremely interesting to read, but not so baudy that the reader feels it is a waste of time. Quite the opposite, this mystery keeps the reader's attention by quickly getting to know the personalities of these well developed characters. From Joy's (aka Sidney Rye) dog walking business and all the unique characters she encounters to her own faithful dog, Blue, this intriguing mystery will keep the reader up, turning the pages. Her inquisitive detective-like mind takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of Manhattan, from famous parks and addresses to underground tunnels and escape routes, leading to murder, long lost treasure and eventually to revenge and satisfaction. Yes, this mystery is certainly one that is worth reading!!.Score: 4/5
Next LevelRiveting, had me hooked from the start. Takes the reader through every emotion. Can't wait to read the rest in the series..Score: 5/5
Hooked!!Great read!!!!!.Score: 5/5
UnleashedReally good read!.Score: 5/5
Very interestingKind of scary because, but for the grace of God, there go I. It seemed like this could happen to anyone. Good read..Score: 5/5
UnleashedInteresting but a little neurotic and predictable..Score: 3/5
Very fast readFilled with excitement really enjoyed it never boring I am excited to now read the second book in the series.Score: 4/5
UnleashedGreat book, couldn't put it down. It's always good when the dog lives. Her curiosity is a little too aggressive and gets a little confusing. Love the dog characters, wish there were more of their personalities..Score: 5/5
UnleashedI started to check out this book. The book uses so many cuss words that I wouldn't waste my time reading it. Ex: 20-7..Score: 1/5
Awesome Action Packed Story!Once started I couldn't put this book down. Loved following Joy through her troubles and ordeals that lead up to her brother James murder. She is one tough cookie to take on everything she did and come out alive with her faithful dog Blue by her side. Can't believe the beatings she took and then fought back giving back worse than she took, what a woman! Her and Mulberry making off with the treasure was the real icing on the cake, I could read this over again. Looking forward to reading the next sequel!!! 5 star read all the way through :D.Score: 5/5
Not badA decent enough plot that I'll continue the series. The characters react realistically to unlikely situations. The dialogue seems fitting for the characters. The f word is used a bit too liberally. Sex is toned down. The dog taking the bullet was predictable. Other than leading to the job, Blue serves no other purpose. Perhaps in other books he becomes more than a jacket cover..Score: 4/5
Great travel/beach readThis book is perfect to take to the beach. Easy read, full of action and comedy..Score: 4/5
UnleashedI just happened to stumble across this book. Mostly because I am an avid dog lover, I thought it was sweet, and tender yet suspenseful! I'll be reading the Sydney Rye series!!!!.Score: 5/5
UnleashedThis book was great. Could not wait to get back to it every night. Charming characters and fast paced story like. Can't wait to get the others..Score: 5/5
UnleashedLoved the first in this series. The fun of discovering this well written, fast paced mystery is wonderful!.Score: 5/5
Unleashed can be let goToo easy to figure out, circumstances too convenient. Nothing wrong with reading a free version but it's not very fulfilling. Wouldn't read or recommend this author/series..Score: 1/5
UnleashedLoved the writing story characters all of it was a great read.Score: 5/5
Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Novel, #1)Really enjoyed this book. Liked the way it ended..Score: 5/5
UnleashedIt keep turning pages and hard to put down.Score: 4/5
AwesomeVery good book. Absolutely loved it!.Score: 5/5
ThanksCaptured emotions well and threw in a few surprises..Score: 5/5
UnleashedA woman who thinks like a man, who is a woman. Novel concept, very entertaining, I am a fan!.Score: 5/5
Fun readI enjoyed the plot and setting of this mystery and plan to read more in the series..Score: 4/5
UnleashedGreat book.Score: 5/5
Crazy good!Found "Unleashed" by chance. Didn't know if I'd like it and couldn't stop reading it! The female character is not a wimp, which kept me reading. Surprises you wouldn't expect in the first book in a series, makes me anxious about what else the author might do in the future. Definitely adult reading in my book..Score: 4/5
UnleashedI'm writing this review because I absolutely loved your book and you have such a nice was of asking I laughed, cried and related. Thank you for teaching me in the dark and pulling me into the not so dark. Now on to your next one!.Score: 5/5
UnleashedThis was an absolutely awesome read. I'm not going to try to sound all reviewish, I'm just going to say I can't wait to read the 2nd book. It was funny, witty, smart, well written, great plot and story and well rounded protagonists. No slow and plodding story lines. I know that this is supposed to be only used by the professional reviewers but I'm gonna say it anyways...."A real page turner. I couldn't put it down". I am totally a new fan!!!.Score: 5/5
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UnleashedA really good fun read. Not for the kids but great for us grown ups that want a protagonist that is smart, funny & ultimately capable. Loved Joy's sense of humour, her loyalty & of course, her dog. The mystery clipped along at a good pace & i was loathe to put my book down. Will be ordering book #2 I the series..Score: 4/5
Fun readGreat Sunday afternoon read. Fun mystery, surprisingly fresh take on sexuality as well.Score: 4/5
Good readThis was a pretty good read. I will likely looks for the next instalment..Score: 4/5
UnleashedI love Sydneys books particularly because of her relationship with and love for her dog. Not your average books..Score: 5/5
Great beach readI really enjoyed it! Kept me guessing right till the end :).Score: 5/5
Unleashed #1A fab story- couldn't put it down. Great story to enjoy on quiet evenings of my vacation Hope to read 2-3-4 Fun & suspense Thanks for a great read.Score: 5/5
Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Mystery, #1)Loved the story! Hard to put down, well developed characters, good suspense, not cluttered with too many people....thoroughly enjoyable!.Score: 5/5
An excellent readIt's like reading the journal of a woman with no shame ;) A very believable character who is easy to relate to even during whacked-out scenarios. I've become a fan!.Score: 5/5
UnleashedGreat read! Good characters, some hilarious and some very 'real!' Had a few laughs and enjoyed the suspense! Looking forward to reading more books by Emily Kimelman!.Score: 4/5
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UnleashedEmily kimelman....excellent, fast paced reading. ENJOY.....( adults, only).Score: 4/5
UnleashedGreat couldn't put it down till finished.Score: 5/5
Couldn't get through the first chapterWriting is really average, word choice makes the pages seem like drivel, the Mary Sue Description of a dog, is painful. I knew what your dog looked like the first time. Your giant Great Dane, wolf dog with different colored eyes and also husky markings. The few pages I did read felt like a pile of cliches. Dreadful..Score: 2/5
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Not sureReadable.....but confusing, likeable characters, but the story was all over the place not completely believable. Glad I didn't pay to down load it..Score: 3/5
Wow!Brilliant, definitely worth a read. Read from end to end, and was captivated by this character's tenacity and refusal to curl up and die, but to come out the other end a truly hardened survivor who gets the chance to reinvent herself..Score: 5/5
UnleashedA good read. There were times where I couldn't put it down..Score: 3/5
Loved unleashed!I loved this book! I felt connected to the main character joy and couldn't put it down. The plot was solid and quirky twists hooked me in..Score: 5/5
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UnleashedLoved this book. Will definitely have to see what other adventures she is involved in in the future!.Score: 5/5
RubbishBad book to read It's boring.Score: 1/5
UnleashedI really enjoyed this book it's main character reminded me of kinsey millhone the character from sue graftons a to z crime thrillers,very well written it had me surprised time and time again, i will definetley be reading more of this authors work 10 out of 10 😀.Score: 5/5
Great page turnerReally enjoyed this book, good strong female lead & captivating story..Score: 5/5
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