The Unquiet – Jeannine Garsee


Author: Jeannine Garsee

Rating: 4/5


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?


First off, my name is Annaliese, and I appreciate a evil ghost with my name. Kudos for that. Now, on to the review.

Rinn Jacobs and her mom move to her mum’s hometown in Ohio from California after Rinn, diagnosed as bipolar, accidentally burns down her grandma’s house, effectively killing her grandmother who burned trying to save her, thinking she was locked in her room. Two days later, Rinn tries to slit her throat.

After making some new friends, strange things begin happening in her new school that revolve around the legend of Annaliese Gibbons, a girl who died about 20 years ago. Rinn finds out she’s even staying in the bedroom where Annaliese’s grandmother hung herself, paralyzed with grief over her granddaughter’s untimely death.

Some of the characters were annoying from the start and never changed. Like Lacy, who was a colossal itch with a B. Seriously, who stays friends with a girl who tried to attack her? Granted, most of her bitchery was due to being haunted by Annaliese’s ghost, but still! I wouldn’t be caught dead near that girl.

Although this book starts out a bit slow, it quickly picks up the pace and remains somewhat constant through the book. However, there was a severe lack of ghostery for a while. Everything was speculation on the tunnels students were required to take where Annaliese had supposedly drowned in the pool.

I won’t tell you how Rinn and her friends are connected with what happens to Annaliese, but I have to wonder about some of the questions the plot raised… why now? All of Rinn’s new friends have lived there their entire lives, why did Annaliese come out to try and do them harm all of a sudden when Rinn gets there? Why wait til then to really carry out her revenge?

Alas, it was a pretty decent book. I wanted more gore, but I guess it’s YA, so there won’t be THAT much.

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