It’s been a long time since I have been creeped the hell out by a book. Hats off to Jeannine Garsee for writing what I see as the YA version of a Stephen King book with The Unquiet. Y’all, that is a huge compliment coming from me. Also, while it is a little bit early to recommend Halloween books, I’m pretty sure this is one tale that definitely has the approval of the midnight society.
Rinn Jacobs, 16, moves suddenly from California to her mom’s hometown in Ohio. The change of scenery is rather huge. Rinn is not only dealing with being the new girl, but also with being bipolar and having been involved with a tragedy that happened when she was off her meds. Rinn quickly falls into the popular crowd at school and manages to catch the attention of Nate Brenner, the nice boy next door. Unfortunately, there’s a ghost named Annaliese who is dead set on vengeance and attacking and possessing Rinn and her friends.
I thought Garsee was sensitive in her portrayal of a person who is bipolar. She didn’t really sensationalize the illness. Plus, she made Rinn more than her diagnosis. At first I was worried I wouldn’t like or be able to relate to Rinn, but was proved wrong. Honestly, though, she has a good heart and it comes across in her character and her reactions to the Annaliese situation.
The romance in The Unquiet is sweet and well-developed. There’s no instalove here, but friendship which becomes something more. Plus the two, Nate and Rinn actually have chemistry and get this: JOKE AROUND. It’s not entirely all doom and gloom or sitting there staring at each other discussing who is hotter. I have to say, it’s a very refreshing relationship.
Despite being long for a YA book, The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee is fast-paced. I was clicking the next button on my Kindle pretty quickly while reading and was unable to set this book down. But y’all, fair warning, parts of this book are put it in your freezer scary. If you want to read a book that will scare the ever loving heck out of you, this is absolutely THE ONE to pick.
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley.
Other reviews of The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee:
The Reading Geek – “a creepy story that I just couldn’t put down”
My Shelf Confessions – “definitely creeptastic”
The Flyleaf Review – “as far an spine-tingling books go, this one has definitely got that”