Unraveling Isobel

Unraveling Isobel

3.72 (2,206 ratings by Goodreads)
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A darkly comic novel that blends paranormal mystery and romance with humor, from the author of The Eductation of Hailey Kendrick and Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood. Isobel's life is falling apart. Her mom just married some guy she met on the internet only three months before, and is moving them to his sprawling, gothic mansion off the coast of nowhere. Goodbye, best friend. Goodbye, social life. Hello, icky new stepfather, crunchy granola town, and unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother. But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn't only her life that's unraveling--her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she's seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel's fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 290 pages
  • 147 x 211 x 33mm | 386g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1442413271
  • 9781442413276
  • 897,599

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"A wonderfully creepy mystery....Snarky, funny....Will keep readers up late into the night....Exceptional." -- Shelf Awareness
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About Eileen Cook

Eileen Cook spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. She is the author of The Education of Hailey Kendrick, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood, and What Would Emma Do? as well as the Fourth Grade Fairy series. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and dogs. Visit her at EileenCook.com.
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2,206 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 25% (544)
4 36% (785)
3 29% (650)
2 8% (170)
1 3% (57)

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A fun, witty, sometimes creepy tale of a girl whose mother marries a man she met on the Internet and marries 12 weeks later, her move to her new stepfather's "estate" on isolated Nairne Island from Seattle, and the ghosts she meets there. Richard (Dick, as Isobel calls him) Wickham's wife Sylvia and daughter Evelyn died in a boating accident seven months ago, and Isobel now has a "hot" stepbrother named Nathaniel who treats her like the plague. When Isobel moves into what used to be Evelyn's room, strange things start happening which lead her to believe that Evelyn's ghost wants to tell her something. With the rumors floating about that Richard had his wife and daughter murdered, Isobel's research informs her that strange disappearances and deaths seem part and parcel of "Morrigan", as Richard calls their home. Very fun read with lots of exclamation marks in my notes, including what SHOULD have been a red flag to Isobel's mom: What kind of man has a huge portrait of his mother in his bedroom and an attic full of his dead mom's clothes? QUOTE (from an eGalley; may not be the same in final copy): I had the sense it was better to come across as in charge when dealing with the undead, or the next thing you know they'd be haunting you like they owned the place. Writing: 3.5 out of 5 stars Plot: 4 out of 5 stars Characters: 3 out of 5 stars Reading Immersion: 4 out 5 stars BOOK RATING: 3.6 out of 5 stars Sensitive Reader: Some saucy language.show more
by Julie Smith
5/5 STARS! Unraveling Isobel was a quick, haunting, and hilarious take on your average ghost story. Eileen Cook did an amazing job at combing fear with humor. One minute I was terrified of ghosts and murder, and the next I was doubled over laughing. I immediately fell in love with Isobel's strong personality, her extreme self-awareness, and her dark sense of humor. She was a fantastic lead, and I found myself completely immersed inside of her head and part of her thoughts. I sympathized with her situation, and despite what her mother thought, I think she handled being uprooted very well. I admired her tenacity and I felt bad that every second of every day she had to question her sanity. She struggles throughout the story to separate reality from her "nightmares" while trying to prove to everyone that she isn't going nuts like her father, and that maybe her nightmares weren't nightmares at all... Who doesn't love ghost stories? But lately they're either entirely too cheesy or over the top. Unraveling Isobel had the perfect amount of ghost to fear ratio, and since Eileen Cook did such a good job at involving the reader, I found myself going through everything with Isobel. The water on her floor, the sea shells left behind, the breaking of the mirrors, Mandy and that scene at the well... those scenes were deliciously dark and fun and unforgettable! Honestly? I don't think this was a mystery, since I was one-hundred percent positive what was going on from the get to, I think it was more of uncovering the layers of shame, deceit and darkness that taint the Wickham family name, and unraveling the truth of Morrigan's ghostly occupants. Her relationship with Nate was the icing on the cake. There was that sense of having something you shouldn't, and not caring! He was sweet, despondent, and endearing. He complimented Isobel's strong personality very well and never let anyone persuade him otherwise. Overall this was a great Young-Adult take on ghost stories, and I'm certain readers will love Isobel as much as I did. I will absolutely recommend this book.show more
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