"Thrilling and creepy, super sexy, and so very hilarious." --Lisa McMann, bestselling author of the Wake trilogy
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, c...more
High School Senior Isobel, who has just moved with her girly and gullible mom from Seattle to a small island, because her mother decided to marry recently widowed mansion owner Dick, pardon Richard, after a mere three months long internet-based aquaintance, narrates the Northanger-Abbey-touched story with much spunk and verve and an altogether cheeky, slightly angry (understandable) and very funn...more
She's sarcastic and she's feisty. Isobel is a fun protagonist who easily made me laugh with her quirky personality, but she's also smart. Finally a character who has guts to face things head on. Her interactions with Nathaniel were a joy to read as well. It was a situation that both had me cringing and longing. It's definitely an...more
Isobel is forced to move during her senior year to Nairne Island because of her mum marrying Dick, a guy who she met over the internet and had been dating for only three months. Isobel’s not too wrapped with her mum’s decision, she has to leave her best friend Anita behind, move into a spookily big estat...more
All of which would be unbearable, and probably unreadable...except fo...more
This is another example of an underutilized story line and wasted potential. This could have been epic, creepy and Gothic if certain aspects of the story line were expanded on but we will come to that in due time.
Isobel's mother has just married a man she met over the internet three months ago. Naturally she has concerns about leaving her comfortable life and moving into her new step-father's estate. Imagine a large 19th century English mano...more
I guess I am quite susceptible to being swept up by stories of supernatural romance, and I also love creepy gothic settings so I was especially excited to read this story set in a gothic mansion on a misty island. The fa...more
I just can't commiserate with the main character, Isobel. I just don...more
The storyline was never boring, and I was constantly on the edge on my seat, waiting for the next clue towards the mystery of what happened to Nathaniel’s mother and sister. The mystery of that night haun...more
The main character was just a little too snarky and vulgar for me, though she did make me laugh a few times. But my real problem with the book was the many problems with the story. Like I had trouble believing Isobel's mom wo...more
Isobel's mom has just remarried, meaning that they are moving to this giant estate in an island on the middle of nowhere. That would suck enough, but it's just before her senior year, which obviously makes it even worse. (Who wants to start over with one year le...more
From the first page, I was immediately dr...more
“Unraveling Isobel” is dark but never heavy-handed. Author Eileen Cook‘s prose has a sardonic tone to it that works well with Isobel’s character and her fears of losing her mind. Paranormal elements flow smoothly throughout, organically intertwining with Isobel’s life and mind.
Pacing has a lot to do with “Unraveling Isobel.” Eileen allows readers to just get to know Isobel before bringing in paranormal elements. It’s enough to keep readers guessing along with Isobel...more
This was a fun thriller, and Isobel had a great voice -- I thought, too, Cook may have had one of the most effective uses of profanity to develop Isobel's character.
The mystery/ghost aspect itself was okay. It was really a long story of mental illness and derangement all over, and the conclusion came together fine (I didn't figure it out right away).
That said, the characters were kind of thin, especially Dick. I didn't much care for the romance here, but I know that will be THE d...more
First Impressions: I had been looking for a good stand-alone novel to read. Lately, it seems like all I have been reading are books that have sequels and I really needed something with a closed ending I could sink my teeth into. Unraveling Isobel has been sitting in my To-Review pile for a little while and I decided finally to give it a go. I love the cover art on the book since purple is my favorite color, but after I had finished...more
Likeable protagonist. She could be anybody. She isn't any "type" of person. She also isn't a blank slate. She has a personality but can't be pigeon-holed.
Possible love interest: Three dimensional. Not Mr. Popular. Not Mr. I'm-So-Bad. His name is Nathanial because it sounds so proper. So Isobel calls him "Nate." Just to be contrary.
Dialogue: Told first person from Isobel's perspective, it is snark...more
Isobel has her fair share o...more
The cover for this one is what drew me in right away. When I checked this one out of the library I hadn't even read what it was about. It turned out being a really great read. It was creepy, had some mystery and even a little romance. I just had to know what happened with this book so I finished it in under a day.
The story really draws you in. You are right alongside Isobel trying to solve the mystery of what is happening in the new house she is forced to move...more
Isobel is one of those characters who's so easy to like and she's someone that faces everything head on. Plus she's a strong, stubborn, snarky character who provides the right amount of humor to this story's at times creepy plot line. Then there's Nathaniel, I won't give...more
Isobel's mother has just married a guy (Richard AKA Dick) that she met online 3 months ago. He and his hottie son live on an island, meaning Isobel will be leaving Seattle and spending her senior year living there. And she's not just living on the island, she's living in Morrigan, the estate that Dick's family built when they founded the town. So creepy house, creepy step-dad, oblivious/selfish mother, hot standoff-ish step-brother.
Once there, Isobel starts seeing things...more
What a fantastic story. Unraveling Isobel was so much different than I had expected. Sure, the blurb was interesting enough, but the story and dialect was so much more.
Isobel is moving with her mother, her new step-father and step-brother to Naime, an island off the coast. She has very few nice things to say since her mother dragged her away to some desolate island her senior year with a hot step-brother and a new step-father her mother has only known for 3 months. Yeah, I'd be pisse...more
There's nothing quite worse than having to move to a new town, leaving behind all that is...more
I really enjoyed the mysteries in this book, and the scenes with the ghostly interactions were a lot of fun. However, this book also included an insta-love romance between the main character and her stepbrother that was really boring, plus a useless subplot about some cheerleaders. As that particular story had nothing to do with anything, all it succeeded in was wasting my time. I was also frustrated that (view spoiler)[ the story with her dad went nowhere. So she gets hi...more
The story is told from Isobel's perspective, and her narration throughout the book is laugh-out-loud hilarious at some points. She is very easy to relate to as a character. Then there's Nathaniel. He's her new stepbrother, and they don't get along at first mainly because of misunderstanding each other and miscellaneous other teenage emot...more
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.