Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee: Review

The Unquiet
By Jeannine Garsee
Published July 17th by Bloomsbury Press
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Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.

After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home, undaunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom. At school, her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists.

With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of?

Annaliese? Or herself?

Darkfallen's thoughts:

This book was simply amazing in the most chilling and twisted way!

Rinn is finally starting to put her life back together after discovering that she is bipolar. Thankfully now that she is on the proper medication things are starting to be more normal. Although overcoming everything that happened before she started taking the meds isn't as easy as she would have hoped. So her and her mother pack up and leave California for the small Ohio town her mother grew up in. While trying to start over Rinn soon discovers even small towns have big secrets. Secrets that could very well turn deadly...

First of all I just have to say that I LOVED this writing style. The way the worlds flow just makes you feel like you are right there in the middle of it all. It's real, it's raw, it's perfect. I loved Rinn from the start. Her personality and the way she was handling the loss of her grandmother and the start of her new life along with being bipolar was done seamlessly. And then of course there was Nate...who could have asked for a better love interest? He was Rinn's yin to her yang. Where Rinn is slightly unstable and a little high strung at times, he was your typical sweet, down to earth, country boy. He didn't care that Rinn was bipolar, or about the things that she did when her illness drove her crazy. He just cared and loved Rinn for who she was no matter the good or the bad.

But enough of my fawning over the love story here. The ghost story was hauntingly perfect. In fact it was done in a way that I would love to see this made into a movie. I think it would be great. It's creepy and gives you the chills. It just might keep you up at night. And then it hits you with a twist at the end that lets you know that this ghost picked it's victims for a reason. Not to mention the cliffhanger in the end that just might make you sleep with the light on.

Overall this book was a perfect mix of teenage angst, swoon worthy moments, and spin tingling chills. Hands down this book was awesome and made me remember why I love this genre so much!


1 comment:

  1. I just got an ARC of this book in the mail the other day and I can't wait to read it! It looks like a good spook and thriller. Reviews have been back and forth about this book, but yours is the first that's all positive. Now I'm looking forward to reading THE UNQUIET even more. Thanks!

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf