Thursday, 19 April 2012

Unraveling Isobel - Eileen Cook

Title: Unraveling Isobel
Author: Eileen Cook
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date of publications: 3rd of January 2012
Number of pages: 290
Format:  Hardcover
Source: Library
Also known for: Getting revenge on Lauren wood, What would emma do?, The education of Hailey Kendrick
Rating: 3

This is another example of underutilized 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 manor.   Her step brother is seriously hot but off limits and gives her a rather chilly welcome. Isobel soon finds herself wrapped up in the dark history of the estate. Less than a year ago Dick's (her step father) wife and daughter were killed in a boating accident but word around town is that he had a hand to play in their demise. It also doesn't help that she begins to see ghostly figures and fears that she is beginning to lose her mind like her father. In the background we have Nicole, a preppy cheerleader who has her eye on Nathaniel (step brother) and is used to getting what she wants.

Overall this was entertaining but it could have been so much better! I loved the idea of this book. I thought that there could have been more about the history of the estate and more ghostly appearances. Her relationship with Nathaniel and her semi-battle with Nicole dominated the story. I found these sections rather dry and boring. The house really was the big star of this novel. How amazing would this have been if it had been longer and more developed? Focusing more on the mystery and the sheer awesomeness of being on a island. I also would have loved to see and learn more about her Dad, but sadly this was just brushed over.

A fair read.

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