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Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook
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Jan 08, 2012

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Read from December 23, 2011 to January 03, 2012

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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.

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