Early Review: The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

  • Pub. Date: July 17, 2012
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Pages: 368

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?


Rinn is Bipolar and due to one of Rinn's episodes she caused the death of her grandmother. Her mom and her pack up and move back to the town in which her mother grew up. She starts school and instantly becomes friends with the popular crowd and even has the cutest guy at school living right next to her. So with all that luck you think this would be a great start to a new beginning, until she learns that the tunnel in her school is haunted and the house she is living in has a very deep connection to the ghost that haunts the tunnel.

For the first 50 or so pages the book was mainly concentrating on Rinn, her settling in to her new place of residence and background on her bipolar disorder. But when the hauntings started and the possessions, deaths, and unfortunate accidents this book got creepy fast. Especially when like me you choose to read it in the middle of the night. What really made me find The Unquiet an enjoyable read was as much as I was loving reading about Rinn and the things that came out of her mouth which by the way the girl doesn't hold back for anyone which was a breath of fresh air, I found the story of Annelise just as intriguing if not more. I was curious about her, who was she, what happened to her that turned her into such an evil spirit, and why was she only attacking a select few of the kids, all these questions kept me engrossed in the book till the very last page.

As for her friends I was not a fan of them, they were so horrible I don't understand how anyone can be friends with girls like that. I did like Nate which is why I found myself hoping nothing bad happens to him since it seemed like everyone who was close to Rinn came to meet some form of tragedy.

Overall Garsee created a spine-chilling ghost story that readers will devour.

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