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Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn’t slept properly for months. Ever since the accident that nearly killed him, a shadowy figure has made its presence felt – a figure only he can see. Elliott is convinced his near death experience has enabled him to contact the dead. But are his ghostly visions real, or the effects of a damaged mind?

When he gets a job at a supposedly haunted
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Paperback, 375 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Wendy Darling
4.5 stars I am so glad I wasn't home alone as I read this book! Creepy, violent, and sad, just the way the very best ghost stories tend to be.

Review to come--and mother of cheese, this is definitely an author to watch.
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Kirsty
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really loved unrest. I was completely hooked from the first page and had to keep reading page after page as I needed to know what happened next. It was both creepy and heartfelt and I thoroughly enjoyed every page.

Elliot is a really interesting character. He was in accident which technically left him dead only to be brought back to life by the paramedic team that arrived at the scene. Ever since then sometimes when he goes to sleep he finds himself quite literally drifting out of his body and
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Siobhan
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is another book to add to my collection of reads based upon my sister’s preferences. In all honesty, though, it was much better than I’d expected. I brought it her as a Christmas present last year thinking it sounded interesting and it would be something different to the vampire worlds she has immersed herself in, but I was not expecting much of it myself as most young adult novels have been a bit disappointing as of late. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised when she finished it a few mo ...more
✦BookishlyRichie✦
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-favorites
Creepy as hell and entertaining!

I could not put this book down. It was so dark, creepy, and had a mystery element that came out of nowhere, which I loved. If you are looking for a spooky & thrilling read, then pick up Unrest by Michelle Harrison ASAP!
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, horror
I read this a while ago, but I 'd just like to say that it's perfect for a 'halloween time' read :D ...more
Brodie
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
4.5 stars

I've always been fascinated with astral projection and out-of-body experiences, so to find a YA book which explores both these elements? Brodie EXCITED. And Michelle Harrison did not disappoint in bringing them to life with a creepy bite and a welcome emotional depth. It's easy to sympathise with Elliott. His life has gone on a downward spiral ever since the accident, where death took hold for a good two minutes before paramedics could revive him. Ever since, his sleep has been anything
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Lauren
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to be honest this book has sat on my shelf for a while as I thought it'd be another typical young adult book. How wrong was I! (don't judge a book by it's cover! )

from page one, line one this book had me gripped. refreshing take on the paranormal/supernatural genre and so believable that you can really empathise with the main character. ...no stupid fairies/devils here! which is why I think I loved it so much, because it could happen. I have had some 'ghostly' experiences and thought that
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Sarah
Several months ago Elliott was in a serious accident, one that left him dead for 2 minutes before the paramedics on scene were able to resuscitate him. Ever since that awful event he has been having problems sleeping, waking in the early hours each night to find that he is no longer in his body or finding that he is completely paralysed. That would be bad enough but add in the strange ghostly figures he sees during the experiences and it has left Elliott terrified - either he is losing his mind ...more
Anastasia
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
One word: disappointing. From the blurb I expected it to be really thrilling but all I felt was 'eh'. And to add insult to injury, it would have been a really good book if it was written properly. The big surprise and twist at the end wasn't even that much of a surprise because the author wrote it in such a way that you saw it a mile coming. Plus the ending just felt too botchy, like she was just adding all the answers to the questions at the end just for the sake of closing the book. It didn't ...more
Sally
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think the highest accolade I can bestow to, Michelle Harrison's, Unrest is this; that I stared reading it whilst going through a period when I could not get in to any book enough to read past chapter two, and yet I finished it, and loved it!

Unrest drew me in, and kept me hooked. It's an emotional journey with plenty of meaty well-researched and beautifully envisioned supernatural along the way. A unique and original ghost story, with tension and romance, with a fabulous conclusion.

Definitely
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Melodramaticfool
So amazing! I could not put this book down. Definitely a must read for lovers of the paranormal, I was captivated by the mystery and tragedy that Harrison wrote. Elliot is involved in a near death incident that allows him to see ghosts and experience sleep paralyzation. The story only grows more in depth as he decides to see if its truth he's seeing or merely madness and seeks a job at a haunted tour museum. He only wishes to find the truth, a solution to his problems but ends up uncovering much ...more
Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review: Ever since Elliot was killed and revived in a car accident, he's dreamed of ghosts and out of body experiences-and not in a nice way. To try and understand these, he works at Past Lives, a haunted museum. He and fellow worker Ophelia later discover another ghost, and this one wants both his girl, and his life.
Ghost story! Yay! It starts off a little creepy, with Elliot dreaming of the girl who used to live in his apartment before she killed herself. Getting through basic backstory and st
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Sammee (I Want to Read That)
4.5 Stars

Ever since I’d heard the synopsis for Unrest I knew I had to read it! And I’m very pleased to say it lived up to my expectations.

The story sucked me in straight away. I loved the voice Michelle Harrison gives to Elliott – he’s very likeable but not perfect. And the situation he finds himself in after his accident makes for compelling reading.

It is apparent a great deal of work has gone into constructing this story – it reads in such a believable way which makes it very creepy! I loved a
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Kirsti
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This is my second book by this author and I can unequivocally say she is fast becoming one of my favorite authors! While this was completely different from her other book, The Thirteen Treasures, it was equally engaging and had me hooked from page one. I adore creepy ghost stories, I love mysteries, and this had elements of both. It had a realistic male lead as well, and equally believable romance. Basically this book had everything I expect from a great YA, but more as well.

If you're looking fo
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
Creepy and atmospheric, 'Unrest' is a book which, like the main protagonist of the story, will keep you up all night wondering what could be out there in the shadows.

Having previously read and enjoyed Michelle Harrison's award-winning series The Thirteen Treasures, I was eager to try her first young-adult novel. While I'm not a big fan of ghost stories you've got to hand it to Harrison - she sure knows how to ratchet up the tension and make you believe in things that go bump in the night.

Full of
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Laura
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A heart-wrenching novel with some unexpected plot twists. I fell in love with Elliott's character, felt the pain he went through during his terrifying 'dreams'. A thrilling, well-written read, I would highly reccommend it. ...more
Aa'Ishah
For fans of the supernatural, the creepy, murder, excellent writing, male perspective, a lovely romance and/or unpredictable plot twists: you want to read this.

Really.
Carleigh Holland
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Chaz Thompson
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Utterly Brilliant.

Seventeen year old Elliott hasn't slept properly since an accident 6 months previously almost killed him.
He watched the car that hit him drive away and saw the female driver, yet only realised seconds late that he was watching the whole event from outside of his body.

Since then, Elliott has regularly woken in the night paralysed and surrounded by fear and ghostly shadows.
Elliott gets a job at a haunted museum in the hope he can discover more about how to control what is happe
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Manolin
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actual rate: 4.5 stars
Unrest is a creepy, dark, and gripping book. The mystery element of this book is what got me reading nonstop. I like the pace of the story and how the author added a mini humor during a spooky situation. I also like how the author trying to convey her characters' feeling and I could understand them well. The plot twist caught me by surprise and I didn't expect Unrest to be that dark at all. I was so hooked to the book until I have to put the book down during night time beca
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madeline
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
i really loved this book, the way that there were multiple stories within this book but they all were connected. as I was reading the ending, i found it so hard to put the book down! i love the way the author wrote this book and how we could very clearly see the character development of ophelia and elliott. i am so glad i read this book! the only reason for the 4 stars and not 5 is because I though the beginning was rather slow, though it did pick up after a while.
Amaya B.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Becky
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was quite a nice surprise to read actually, not only did I like the main character, I also like the side characters as well. The plot wasn't unique but was done differently and I like the environment that the book had. It's not a five star read as I did find some plot elements a bit stupid which I will talk more about in an upcoming video. ...more
Sam
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you believe in ghosts?
This is the best Michelle Harrison book I’ve read. Unfortunately I can not recommend this to my class (9/10 years old) due to some of the content but I would definitely recommend this to everyone else. From the first page I was absorbed and drawn into Elliot’s life. A must read.
Sian
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I have read every other Michelle Harrison book and I am a massive fan- this one did not disappoint! Despite what was perhaps a slow build up, the conclusion was dramatic, inspired and I was on the edge of my seat. Just my level of scary! Would thoroughly recommend to all teens.
Tommye (The Fantasy Review)
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror-read
This novel is one of the most terrifying things you will ever read but the wonderful storytelling my Harrison will keep you reading until the very end. Elliot is a character you can't not like but the horrors he faces will drench your pillows in sweat at night. ...more
Hannah Alice
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was one of my favourites as a kid (I must have read it around 10 times?)! Such a well thought-out and executed book - every page is a thrill to read. I’ve been recommending Unrest to friends for years and will continue to do so <3
Charlotte
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Genuinely unnerving - and also a tender, moving story which builds to a pulse-quickening finish. An ideal chiller for a dark winter evening!
Loved the characters of Elliott and Ophelia - wish there could be a sequel!
Erasmo Giordano
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Young adult book in the supernatural line. Very good.
⁦⁦ʕ •̀ ۝ •́ ʔمينونة
It was the BEST!!!I love how everything joined up at the end and you find out all of Ophelia's past. ...more
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