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Eileen Cook Takes Pleasure in Unraveling Isobel

January 10, 2012 By: larramiefg Category: Books, Recommendations

In pushing The Divining Wand’s restart button, one has to smile at how comforting it is to be greeted by Eileen Cook’s (The Education of Hailey Kendrick YA, Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA, and Fourth Grade Fairy, Gnome Invasion, and Wishes for Beginners ages 9 -11) “almost” annual new release. And what a NEW release it is.

Described as: “A darkly comic novel that blends paranormal mystery and romance with humor,” Unraveling Isobel has charmed the literary critics:

“Isobel, all snark and sharp edges covering some intense vulnerability as she continuously checks in to see if she has crossed into mental illness (as her father did when she was young), is a compelling narrator.” —The Horn Book, January/February 2012

“Spine-tingling setting….Isobel’s sass and her steamy romance with her new stepbrother will help readers race toward the dramatic conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly

“This blend of paranormal romance, murder mystery and quirky, coming-of-age narrative offers tasty moments….Cook gives readers a fast-paced plot, a likable narrator, and interesting characters.” —Kirkus

Here’s what it’s all about:

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 unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother.

But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn’t only her life that’s unraveling—her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she’s seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel’s fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.

Eileen takes a walk on the dark comedic side of storytelling and emerges with a winner. Her writing has never been better, more current while also unique for this genre.

Unraveling Isobel is highly recommended for fun, lessons learned, and Eileen Cook’s snarkily lovable imagination.

Want a sneak peek? Read Chapter One.

[Please note that there is also a Kindle Edition.]

8 Comments to “Eileen Cook Takes Pleasure in Unraveling Isobel


  1. “debut”

    No debut needed for you, welcome back!

    And thank you for the link to the first chapter….anytime I chortle in the first paragraph of a book, I can tell it’s going to be entertaining. This one looks good!

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  2. It’s so good to see you back, Larramie!

    I love about any story with a ghost. The first chapter was great, chuckled my way through it.

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  3. How great to have you back and to be here with you for it!

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  4. Mary Quackenbush says:

    SO glad you’ve returned, Larramie! Having The Divining Wand doing its magic again makes my world feel less out of kilter. Welcome home!

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  5. Hi, Larramie–Welcome back! And thank you for getting back in the swing again with the divine Eileen Cook! The first chapter of Unraveling Isobel is brilliant and I can’t wait to read the rest!

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  6. Oh, happy day! I’m delighted for you to be back!

    Unraveling Isabel. OH! I would have eaten this book up with a spoon when I was a teenager. I’m well past that age but am still looking forward to reading it. I also should get copies for friends’ kids who are that age.

    Cheers!

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  7. larramiefg says:

    Thank you all for remembering the site 😉 and, since my anti-spam word is “passion,” I remember TDW’S good feelings too!

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  8. It is definitely so lovely to have TDW back!

    Eileen never ceases to amaze me with the breadth of what she can do. Love it!

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