Book Review: The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee!

The Unquiet

By Jeannine Garsee
Release Date: 07/17/12
388 pages
Book Description from Goodreads:
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?

***ARC provided by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Publishing for review***
“Can Annaliese come out and play?”
Chills! (Admit it, that’s pretty creepy right?) I don’t really read any ghost books because of the simple fact that I am a huge chicken. But after reading and loving Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, I decided to give a ghost story another chance. I don’t know if it’s because I scare pretty easily or what but this book was seriously creeptastic! I do most of my reading at work (during lunch) and late at night after everyone is asleep. This book took me 4 days to finish, not because I couldn’t get in to it but because of the fact that I was scared to read this book late at night. At first I was hesitant to read this book because a.) I don’t usually read ghost books. b.) Although the cover matches with the creepy vibe of the book, I couldn’t get past the fact that I could see right up the girl’s nostrils, and c.) The book summary up on Amazon does not do the book justice. At all! Luckily, I read the summary from Goodreads and it definitely made me want to read it.
Rinn Jacobs isn’t our average YA character. First of all, she has bi-polar disorder which has caused her to do some pretty crazy and destructive things before she got on her meds. But for the last 3 months and 13 days, she has taken all of her medication like a good girl. Why is the date important? Because the last time she went off her meds she ended up being responsible for the death of her grandmother, 3 months and 13 days ago. Now her mom and stepfather have separated and Rinn is convinced that her stepfather hates her. After a failed suicide attempt, Rinn’s mother moves them across the country to her old hometown in Ohio. Rinn is surprised when she actually starts making with the kids at her new school. Especially her new neighbor, Nate who is a farmer and just about one of the sweetest guys ever. But the house they are now living in is the old home of an old lady who killed herself in the same house. Even worse is the fact that the old lady was Annaliese’s grandmother. Annaliese was a girl who went to school with Rinn’s mother and died in the school pool. Many believe that her ghost is now hunting the school, specifically the pool room and the tunnel that leads to it. As a result, nobody goes through the tunnel alone. But Rinn doesn’t believe in any of that stuff because ghosts aren’t real, right? Not according to the voices in her head. But now strange things are happening to her friends and the people close to her. Is it her crazy imagination or could Annaliese be behind this? What does she want and why does everyone seem to be affected but Rinn?
As much as I love my book guy characters to be bad boys, I do find myself falling for a nice guy every once in a while. (Shocking, I know!) Nate was the ultimate nice guy and a total geek which only made me like him even more. From the beginning he made it clear to Rinn that he liked her and he didn’t waste any time playing games with her. He was sweet and was always there for Rinn when she needed him, even though he knew about her bipolar disorder. Rinn was funny and sarcastic and really cared about the people around here and was willing to do anything to save them, even go up against a ghost.
I got chills just writing this review! The Unquiet was a psychological thriller with plenty of suspense, mystery, angst, romance and a whole lot of creepy! The bipolar aspect of the story was done really well and it was interesting reading a story about it. There were times when Rinn went a little bit weird because of her disease and honestly, sometimes I didn’t know who I was more scared of: Rinn or Annaliese. I was able to really connect to Rinn (Not because I’m crazy too. Although others might disagree) and I felt for her all those times when she felt scared and alone. The Unquiet was dark and intense and kept me on the edge of my seat. I thought I had finally found some closure near the end of the book, but the last 4 words gave me the chills and creeped me out so bad! I can’t wait to see what is going to happen with Rinn, Nate, her friends and especially Annaliese. If you’re a fan of Anna Dressed in Blood, you should give The Unquiet a chance. Although, don’t try to compare them because although they are both ghost stories, they are very different. And Anna and Annaliese are two very different ghosts…
4.5 out of 5 sparkly stars!
Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from The Unquiet:
-Mom, on the other hand, says I shouldn’t try to keep my “illness” a secret. Meaning it might be wiser to give people a heads-up so they’ll think twice before siccing the cops on me when they find me, oh, I don’t know…walking naked on rooftops?
-As someone who’s always drawn to the “bad boy” type, I can’t explain my attraction to a certified band geek who’ll probably major in animal husbandry and end up inseminating cows for a living.
-“I heard you talking in your sleep. Another bad dream?”
“All my dreams are bad.” Seriously, they are.
-A hand grasps my hair from behind. Ragged nails dig into my scalp, pulling me down, down, down, dragging me back underwater.
-I couldn’t distinguish the murmuring of the guests from the Voices in my mind. The good Voice soothed me. The bad ones taunted me.
-I remember all the psychiatrist. All the pills. I flushed. All the time Mom pleaded with me to take them, Rinn, please, just take the pills!
-“So what are you? I mean, what do they call it?”
“Bipolar,” I admit.
Tasha nodes. “Oh, that’s really popular now. Like autism, right?”
-Even then, knowing shrinks as well as I do, he might find a way to drag it out of me that I, Rinn Jacobs, believe in ghosts.
Ghosts that can hurt you. Ghosts that can make you sick. Ghosts that force you to do things against your will or stop you from doing the things you live best.
Not just any ghost.
-Is this part of it, too?
Is this Annaliese?
Or ME?
I can’t tell. I can’t tell!
­-Stunned, I lie flat on the floor and play dead. This works, I’ve heard, if you’re attacked by a bear in the woods.
I don’t think, however, this applies to ghosts.

About the Author
I am the author of two contemporary YA novels, SAY THE WORD (2009) and BEFORE, AFTER, AND SOMEBODY IN BETWEEN (2007). My essay “Fearless” appears in the Harper Collins anthology DEAR BULLY: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories, edited by Megan Kelly Hall and Carrie Jones (September 2011)

My latest novel, THE UNQUIET (YA paranormal) will be released on July 17, 2012. Blogger reviewers interested in an ARC, please contact me and I’ll be happy to forward your request to my publisher. Thanks!


  1. This does sound creepy! I like ghost books but I usually read the romance kind not the scary kind. Although I did enjoy Anna Dressed in Blood as well. It’s true that the summary didn’t really tell me much. I don’t think I realized this was really about ghosts. I thought it was more about Rinn and what happened to her grandmother. I think I was thinking that Annalise was more just in her mind. I love a sweet good guy. I’d probably love Nate. I’m not that into bad boys. Great review!

  2. Sounds very creepy. I’ve been thinking whether I should get the book or not, but your review just convinced me that I should. I really like that the main character is bi-polar. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a character with bi-polar disorder. I usually like the good guy too, so I’m sure to love Nate. :)
    Thanks for the great review ! :)

  3. I also tend to stay away from ghost stories. This book sounds like it would definitely freak me out but at the same time I do love me some romance. And romance mixed with creepy could be interesting. Great review!

  4. Ooh this sounds creepy and right up my alley! I saw mixed reviews on it but I absolutely love books like this and the fact that it covers bi-polar is really intriguing. Great review!

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