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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Unquiet by Jennine Garsee

Title: The Unquiet
Author: Jeanine Garsee
Published: July 17, 2012 by Bloomsbury

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?

My Review:

The Unquiet is by far one of the most spine-tingling, nerve racking, chilling book I have EVER read! It is so difficult to portray such a creeptastic level of scary in books because the writer has to rely on the reader's imagination, but The Unquiet has definitely delivered!

The story centers around Rinn, a teenager suffering from Bipolar disorder who has a very compelling past. Upon moving to her mom's childhood town, Rinn learns that her new house and new school has some dark secrets that quickly take root in Rinn. Her main focus becomes the school's ghost, Annaliese,  who is much closer to Rinn than anyone would suspect. The story spirals into one of the most eerie books of this year while Rinn and her friends try to unearth Annaliese's secrets in order to save one another.

Garsee's ability to give the reader goosebumps while reading is one of my favorite parts of this book. The story has some mind-blowing twists that will really mess with not only Rinn's perspective on reality but the reader's as well. When Rinn comes off her medication, allowing the entire wrath of Annelise in, reality is warped. You're constantly questioning, "did that really just happen or was it Rinn's mind?", which makes the story horrifyingly addicting. There are some imaginative scenes, mostly centering around the school's pool, that are just so perfectly written that surpasses any horror movie.

While the plot is amazingly developed, the characters are equally engaging. Rinn is definitely likable with such a vulnerability that makes you love her and a past that gives her an edge. Nate is that lovable boy next door that adds the perfect balance of romance to this thriller. Together, with their friends, there is a great sense of balance with this book.

I cannot gush enough about the amazingness of this book. I was up till the early morning finishing this story and was completely blown by its ending. I LITERALLY got chills finishing The Unquiet and recommend this book to anyone who is up for a great scare!


  1. Great review! I'm glad you loved it! I read it and I was torn by my feelings. For some reason I thought it was kind of boring but I thought the ending was pretty great!

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  2. Love your review! I read this book last month and thought it was brilliant-- especially the end. Gorgeous cover, as well.