The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee
When Rinn Jacobs moves to a new town she hopes it will be a fresh start-a place where nobody knows about her past. At first, everything goes according to plan. She falls in with the popular girls at her new school and falls for the very cute boy-next-door Nate. But River Hills High School has a secret. The ghost of a girl who died back when Rinn’s mom was a student supposedly haunts a hallway. Rinn’s not sure she believes it, but when strange things start happening to her friends, Rinn decides there’s only one way to know for sure. She needs to ditch her bipolar meds and see what the voices are really trying to say…Fans of films like Black Swan will be fascinated by this psychological thriller.
The Unquiet, the captured my attention the first time I saw it. Of course I was also drawn to The Unquiet because I love a good creepy ghost story. A main character not able to distinguish illusion from reality – yeah, sounds good to me. I just hoped it could deliver on what it was selling.
We get to know Corrine. She’s a very likable and sympathetic character (not to be confused with pathetic, she’s far from that) who despite having challenges in her life that most of us don’t have to deal with is very easy to relate to. Corrine just wants to find some measure of happiness and peace; especially after the horrid few months she’s had. Unfortunately despite her mom dragging her across the country for a fresh start, things don’t really get much better. At first Corrine’s making friends and has even found herself liking Nate, her neighbor, but it isn’t long before things start to fall apart.
Corinne’s new friends tell her of the legend of Annaliese the ghost of River Hills High. The girl who died in a pool that’s now blocked off by a huge fence and who haunts the tunnel that passes behind the gym. Corinne’s skeptical at first, convinced her friends are trying to freak her out, but when unexplainable things start happening to the people around her – things she can’t easily dismiss – she’s not so sure it’s only legend.
The Unquiet is definitely creeptastic. I’m a pretty jaded ghost story enthusiast and I enjoyed the story. Sure in part there’s nothing too original here but it all works well together and makes for an awesome whole. Corinne is a very believable character and we get a window into the bipolar disorder. I Only a person who truly deals with the disorder can say if the view we get is accurate but to me it felt real.
I’d have no trouble recommending this to anyone who likes a good creepy tale or ghost story. The Unquiet is well worth the time to read. The last page sent chills down my spine! I’m really curious what other people who read the book thought.
*Review Copy provided free of charge by the publisher in exchange for a fair review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.