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"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

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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Jasprit
Unraveling Isobel was a surprisingly good read, this book had received quite a lot of mixed reviews so I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it.

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
Giselle
Humoristic and creepy - what a great mix! Unraveling Isobel takes an eerie plot with a sarcastic protagonist and balances it all together for an overall enjoyable read.

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
Amber
Rating: 4.5
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
oliviasbooks
If I were a fan of young adult psycho-thrillers "Unraveling Isobel" would surely represent a jackpot:

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
Lesley
What a fantastic read Unraveling Isobel is, the serious topic of mental illness is addressed but there is also a spooky ghostly mystery and it has great snarky humour all rolled into one delicious package.

Isobel's mum marries Richard after only dating him for a matter of weeks, Richard's wife and seriously disabled daughter died in suspicious circumstances only a few short months ago leaving Richard, or Dick as Isobel enjoys calling him, and his teenage son Nate living in their sprawling if a li...more
A Canadian Girl
Since I haven’t been in the mood to write a review in the past few days, I’ll be doing a pros and cons list for Eileen Cook’s Unraveling Isobel.

Pros:
- The book is guaranteed to make you laugh!
- It’s a standalone novel, which means things are wrapped up neatly and there are no cliffhanger endings.
- Isobel has a great sense of humour and is easy to like.
- Nate, the love interest, is someone who does his own thing and doesn’t just follow the crowd.
- Since Isobel’s father is a schizophrenic, Cook do...more
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
Ever since I first laid eyes on this book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! The cover is adorable and the title fits perfectly. The synopsis grabbed me from the start! Hunky new step-brother and ghosts? I'm in! I am happy to say that after completing the novel, I was pleased. It has just the right amount of drama, romance, and mystery to keep the reader engaged but not overwhelmed. And the best part is that it is a stand alone! Yay for a nicely wrapped up ending!


Isobel has her fair share o...more
Judith
Isobel's life starts to unravel after her Mom marries a man she met Online....and continues after "the family" moves to Step Dad's "estate" on some godforskaen island off the coast of Washington state. Add a hunky, but Untouchable step brother..and you have the makings for some serious Teen Angst (with a side of Paranormal, after the dead step sister begins visiting, and raising questions about the deaths of her and her mother)

All of which would be unbearable, and probably unreadable...except fo...more
Mingwei
Just when Isobel thought she was going to have the best senior year with her best friend, all of a sudden, her mom decides to marry someone from the internet, someone who she's only known for 3 months. So she has to say goodbye to her old life in Seattle and instead hello to the ports of Nairne Island. Richard Wickham or otherwise known as "Dick" is the widowed mansion owner who managed not only to turn Isobel's life upside down, but it seems like he is purposely trying to wreck it. As if there...more
Sonny
My Thoughts

Creeptastic. Humorous. Unraveling Isobel was thrilling and well-paced. And the characters Isobel and Nathaniel were real and likeable.

I immediately fell in love with Isobel. She is her own person. She is also a snarky and slightly crazy. I. Loved. Her. There was a punch to the story, and Isobel was the one with the fist.

Nathaniel made me swoon. With his good looks and intelligent depth, my knees weakened the moment he apologized to Isobel for being a jerk. I have an amazing soft spo...more
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
I should pay more attention to the blurbs of books, honestly. Lisa McMann calls Unraveling Isobel creepy? How could I not listen to that?

I went into this book assuming it was generally about Isobel and her possible mental illness, not knowing that I was going to be so scared that I would only read this in the daytime. Yes, the summary does mention ghosts, but there are different ways for ghosts to be written about. Here's a warning: Eileen Cook knows how to scare the pants off of you. Or that's...more
~Tina~
2.5stars

This book was okay. I usually like supernatural stories but I was easily annoyed by this book for some reason. I think it was the mother who cared more about her new husband then her daughters feelings or the whole 'mean girl' blah blah and of course there was the deranged step father.
Still, I liked Nate and I like Isobel and the history and mystery of it all.
Didn't love it, but it had it's moments.

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♥ Sarah
This book was a quick, easy, clean read, despite the heavy/dark content of the book.
I felt like I was watching an ABC family TV film.

There’s something about stepsibling romances that are equally repulsive and intriguing. Maybe it’s the whole forbidden-but-not-really thing. Either way, Isobel and Nathaniel had something. I loved their easy banter, their uneasy start, and then the resolve.

However, the paranormal aspect was weak and thrown into the mix with a bunch of other factors. Still, it kep...more
Donna (Jaevenstar)
Wow! So this book grabbed me from the first page and held my attention to the very end. It is an awesome ghost story that kept me guessing until the very end! I love Eileen's gift for writing in such a way that kept me second guessing throughout the whole story. Loved it!
Paradoxical
I just couldn't get into this book. There's nothing different about Unraveling Isobel. That's okay, I don't need different. I do need a compelling story (or at least one that doesn't make me skim over pages in boredom) and characters that don't aggravate me. Unfortunately that didn't happen here, where I pretty much just read the book and paused every few pages to say, "Yeah, yeah, your life is unfair and you're upset. Boo hoo."

I just can't commiserate with the main character, Isobel. I just don...more
Laci
A couple weeks ago I had the honor to go to NCTE in Chicago. I was so happy that I was able to attend the conference. Some great authors were speaking there, and they were also having signings at the publisher booths. While I was there I was able to meet some great people and they will always have a special place in my heart. During this time I remember going and meeting some people at the Simon and Schuster booth. While I was in their booth, I saw this book and I picked it up and read the back...more
Aparajitabasu
You are looking to read a light paranormal psycho-thriller....read-on read-on.....and on that thought I present before you all my views of Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook .

Here is the summary of the book:

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 unbelie...more
Rebecca Gordon
I liked many things about Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook; however I also had a few minor problems with the story. Isobel feels her life is falling apart. Her mom married a guy she knew for only three months and moved herself and Isobel to life with him at his creepy mansion. Her step-father Dick is weird but has a handsome son who is now off limits. On her first night at the mansion Isobel fears she is losing her sanity because she might have seen a ghost. Isobel is snarky and hilarious. I enj...more
Kelly Hager
I am quickly running out of Eileen Cook books. This cannot be allowed to stand. (Note: I do still have Unpredictable and Do or Di, plus she's apparently written three middle grade books that I can turn to when the withdrawal really hits.)

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
Jessica Harrison
Review via Cracking the Cover
“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
Caroline
The teenaged Isobel isn't happy to be moving to the island of Nairne. Nor is she pleased with her stepfather, the result of a short online romance with her mother--or Nate, the gorgeous stepbrother that comes with him. The new house is too old, too creepy, and perhaps too haunted. With romance and thrills in tow, Isobel begins to delve into what happened to Nate's deceased mother and sister...

The Good

This was really, really cute. If you want a YA mystery with a touch of romance/creepy crawlies,...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5 stars

What a fun, creepy, sarcastic, entertaining read! I was really surprised by how much I liked this book, and I think a lot of that had to do with the story's protagonist Isobel.

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 away too much about him as the relationshi...more
Willa
Feb 08, 2012 Willa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Willa by: Katie
Shelves: ala-midwinter
When I first saw Unraveling Isobel, I fell in love with the cover, because you understand that Isobel is an artist, but nothing more, yet you are immediately drawn it. I wanted to know what the vines were representing, and why they were wrapping around her limbs, which was answered in the novel.

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
Ann
I was really shocked with how good this book was. I had seen it around, but hadn't really thought anything of it until I got it in the mail from Simon Pulse.

Isobel is a teenager whose mother just married some guy she met on the internet three months ago. Isobel and her mother pack up and move to this guy's old mansion on some island. Isobel is told she can pick any bedroom she wants. And she happens to pick the bedroom of her dead step-sister. The first night she is there, she sees a ghost. I th...more
Ashelynn
This review also appears on Gypsy Book Reviews.

So, Unraveling Isobel and I had a few problems in the beginning. I wasn’t clicking with it, and I came very, very close to putting it down. I am SO glad I didn’t. The ending totally redeemed this book for me. HOLLA.

I wasn’t clicking with this book right away because it’s supposed to be scary, right? And even when the ghost appears, I wasn’t scared. I rolled my eyes and thought, “Yeah, okay, whatever. Let’s move on.” Isobel was frightened—to the poin...more
E
Also Found On: A Book and A Record

Unraveling Isobel was such a fun read, and finally a stand alone book that we really well written! I have been so sick of series lately, and this one was such a well done single that I couldn’t help but like it.
First I want to talk about the relationship that Isobel has with her mother. Although it falls into the classic “despondent” mother/daughter relationship that so many ya books fall into, however Cook justifies it by focusing on the “why” of their relation...more
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
2.5

Isobel isn't happy. At the start of her senior year, Isobel is being forced to move from Seattle to a small island off Washington because her mother has just married someone she met off the internet 3 months earlier. Her new stepfather, Dick (Richard), who lost his wife and daughter to a tragic boating accident not even a year before, is now moving Isobel and her mother into his estate on the island. Isobel soon learns from various town people that the estate has a long, strange history of m...more
Amina Nakhuda
Fast, thrilling, and exciting are words that can describe Unraveling Isabel, by Eileen Cook. This book was a really fun and fast paced read for me. One of the things I really liked, was how the author used indirect characterization. Isobel's personality really shined by her actions, and how she thought of things. Throughout the whole book, each character had a very strong voice, which made the book a lot better. Another thing I liked, was how there was a mix of genres. A bit of suspense, mystery...more
Marie
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

Unraveling Isobel has a little bit of everything - romance, humour, mystery, and a dash of creep factor. Everything in Isobel’s life is changing and she has absolutely no say. Add to that the fact that she’s worried some of the strange things happening around may be happening in her mind, and you have a story that’s both engaging and entertaining.

I liked Isobel a lot. I tho...more
Mikka Gottstein
Pro:
Der Schreibstil gibt unterhaltsam und glaubwürdig die Gedanken eines jungen Mädchens wieder, ohne dabei krampfhaft bemüht oder aufgesetzt zu wirken - Respekt auch an die Übersetzerin, die es geschafft hat, Isobels locker-flockige Stimme unverfälscht ins Deutsche zu übertragen! Aber auch (oder gerade) die gruseligen Szenen sind wunderbar geschrieben, da hätte ich gerne noch mehr von gehabt.

Mir war Isobel direkt sympathisch, und ihr Humor hat mich oft zum Grinsen gebracht. Sie ist ein starkes...more
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Eileen Cook spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.

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