The Unquiet – Jeannine Garsee

Rinn’s bipolar disorder has wreaked havoc on her and her family.  Promising to stay on her medication, Rinn and her mother seek a fresh start in her mother’s small home town in Ohio.  Her new school has a ghost, an evil ghost of a girl who was a classmate of her mother.  The ghost seeks vengeance against those who bullied and killed her.  Or is there really a ghost?  Have the voices in Rinn’s head come back so that her psych medications are not working?

This is a rather long YA ghost story and I almost gave up on it because of the catty teen girl characters when Rinn is making friends at her new school.  I had to remind myself that this is a YA novel, not adult, and yes, teens love that type of dialog.  I am so glad I stuck with it.  The pages spent on character introduction were essential so the ghost’s effects on their behavior could be effectively displayed.  All that girl catty chat stops when the killing takes over.  This is one vicious ghost!  The way the author weaves Rinn’s bipolar disorder with the ghost’s influence is magnificent.  Every part of the story pieces together quite perfectly and unfolds at just the right time.  The last quarter of the book flies by – nonstop and the ending . . . eerie!  Highly recommend

NetGalley review    Publication date 7.17.12

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