Publisher: Orca Books
Released: September 29th, 2015
Source: Ebook review copy from publisher
You can only hide from the truth for so long.
Tess has always been tormented by waking visions that make her question her sanity. When the orphanage she lives in burns down, she decides to face her fears and find out once and for all what is wrong with her. She believes the truth must lie with her parents, and so, armed with only an address and phone number, Tess travels to a crumbling mansion in rural Quebec, where she discovers evidence of mistreatment of mental patients. She also makes an unlikely ally and gradually unearths her family’s sad history—and finally accepts the truth about her paranormal powers.
When I agreed to read and review all of the books in the Secrets series, I had no idea my fave author had written a volume. So you can imagine my excitement. And I wasn’t disappointed.
I really like that even though this is a bit of a different series for her, Kelley still added some paranormal stuff. Her own flair, if you will. I love when authors write outside of their preferred genre, but still make sure that they are including something that makes them them, you know? And that’s the case here.
As with the other books in the series, The Unquiet Past tackles a social issue — the prejudice against Native Canadians. I think for younger readers this aspect of the book will be a real eye opener.
This was one of the darker books of the series (perhaps even the darkest) and that definitely has to do with the subject matter. Questionable mental hospitals and mistreatment of their patients is right up there with creepy clowns in my fear book, as I’m sure it is for a lot of people. This part of the story made for a very suspenseful read and made the book a strong page turner.
The Unquiet Past is a welcome addition to both the Secrets series and also Kelley’s books. I highly recommend it.