Title: The Unquiet
Author: Jeannine Garsee
First published July 17, 2012
400 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 9781599907239 (ISBN10: 1599907232)
In Jeannine Garsee’s gripping novel, The Unquiet, Rinn Jacobs moves to a new town for a fresh start—an escape from her tumultuous past. Things seem to be going well for Rinn as she becomes friends with the popular girls and develops feelings for her next-door neighbor, Nate.
However, River Hills High School holds a dark secret. Rumors of a ghost haunting a specific hallway send chills down Rinn’s spine.
As peculiar happenings start occurring to her friends, Rinn decides to investigate by ditching her bipolar medication and listening to the voices in her head. This psychological thriller will captivate fans of movies like as they become engrossed in Rinn’s journey to uncover the truth.
About the Author
Jeannine Garsee is an accomplished author who has written three contemporary young adult novels. These include “The Unquiet” from 2011, “Say the Word” from 2009, and “Before, After, and Somebody in Between” from 2007, all published by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books.
Additionally, her essay titled “Fearless” has been featured in the anthology “Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories,” which was edited by Megan Kelly Hall and Carrie Jones and published by Harper Collins.
The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee is a haunting and exciting young adult novel that delivers an atmospheric and engaging look at loss, grief, and the things that haunt us. The book was published on July 17, 2012, and has since garnered critical acclaim for its inventive writing and deft handling of difficult topics.
Jeannine Garsee, the author of The Unquiet, is a talented young adult author with a talent for crafting intricate and haunting stories that resonates with readers. With this novel, she explores themes of grief and loss, as well as the existence of the supernatural, to tell an engrossing story that will keep readers captivated until the very end.
The Unquiet follows Rinn Jacobs, a high school student dealing with the death of her father, the disappearance of her mother, and the many ghosts that haunt her. One day, she meets a boy named Nate, who seems to be able to see the same ghosts as she can.
As they grow closer, Rinn discovers that there is more to Nate than meets the eye, and the two of them must work together to uncover the truth about the supernatural forces that are plaguing their lives. One of the strengths of The Unquiet is Garsee’s writing, which is rich and atmospheric, evocative of the small town setting and the many ghosts that populate its streets.
The characters are also deftly drawn, with Rinn and Nate both fully realized and imbued with a sense of urgency that drives the plot forward. The story itself is well-structured and engaging, with plenty of twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
However, one of the weaknesses of the book is that at times it can feel overly melodramatic or overly dependent on supernatural elements. While the ghosts are a significant part of the plot, they can sometimes overshadow the very real emotions and struggles that Rinn is dealing with.
This can make the book feel less relatable to some readers. Despite these limitations, The Unquiet is still an excellent read and a great choice for fans of young adult fiction, particularly those who enjoy books with a strong supernatural element.
Its themes of loss and grief are universal, and Garsee does an excellent job of exploring these issues in a way that feels authentic and true to life. Overall, we highly recommend The Unquiet to anyone looking for a spooky, thrilling, and emotionally resonant read.
Rating: 4/5 stars.