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Unrest

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‘It takes great skill to create an atmosphere that creeps off the page into your veins. Harrison’s subtlety and eye for detail lift this above any other spookfest.’ The Independent
‘Spooky, gripping and intriguing. I really enjoyed it.' Sophie McKenzie, author of Girl, Missing
Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn't slept properly for six months. Not since the accident that nearly killed him. Now he is afraid to go to sleep. Sometimes he wakes to find himself paralysed, unable to move a muscle, while shadowy figures move around him. Other times he is the one moving around, while his body lies asleep on the bed. According to his doctor, sleep paralysis and out of body experiences are harmless - but to Elliot they're terrifying. Convinced that his brush with death has opened up connections with the spirit world, Elliott secures a live-in job at one of England's most haunted locations, determined to find out the truth.

There he finds Sebastian, the ghost of a long-dead servant boy hanged for stealing bread. He also meets the living, breathing Ophelia, a girl with secrets of her own. She and Elliott grow closer, but things take a terrifying turn when Elliott discovers Sebastian is occupying his body when he leaves it. And the more time Sebastian spends inhabiting a living body, the more resistant he becomes to giving it back. Worse, he seems to have an unhealthy interest in Ophelia. Unless Elliott can lay Sebastian's spirit to rest, he risks being possessed by him for ever, and losing the girl of his dreams…

The brilliant, spine-tingling YA novel by award-winning author Michelle Harrison.

‘Chilling’ The Bookseller
‘I devoured Unrest.Or rather, I felt it devoured me. Clever, unexpected and satisfying.’ Kate Cann
‘a beautifully written, gripping, thoroughly spooky young adult novel… Unsettling, eerie, with intriguing characters and a compelling, satisfying plot full of twists and turns… I loved it.’ Sarah Singleton

Photo Credit: Charlie Hopkinson

Michelle Harrison lives in Essex and has a son, Jack, and three cats: Marmite, Sorsha and Widdershins. Her first novel, The Thirteen Treasures, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and was followed by The Thirteen Curses and The Thirteen Secrets. Michelle has since written One Wish, a prequel to The Thirteen Treasures books; The Other Alice, which won the Calderdale Book of the Year Award; and the bestselling Pinch of Magic Adventures: A Pinch of Magic, A Sprinkle of Sorcery and A Tangle of Spells.
 

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