Unrest (book, Michelle Harrison, 2012)


FOUR STARS

Author: Michelle Harrison

Publisher: Simon Pulse

375 pages

Astrally projected teen terror OR I ain’t got no boooooody…

Spooky goings on plague 17 year-old Elliot six months after a road accident sees him clinically dead for several minutes. Being cut loose from your body and menaced by ghosts is a tough break for any teen, but it gets worse when it looks like one of them wants to take his place…

Unrest delivers plenty of chills topped with a gripping twist. Harrison’s Elliott is neither too dorky nor too supercool, and although he’s maybe a little too “perfect boyfriend” (and therefore pretty unbelievable), Harrison just about keeps him on the side of real. There’s some factual errors involving antique guns, and the middle third of the story isn’t as gripping as the opening or the climax, but otherwise Unrest is deliciously creepy fun.

Did you know?

Michelle Harrison is from Essex. Both Unrest and her acclaimed 13 Treasures series are set there. Who knew Essex magic extended beyond orange skin?

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