A provocative thriller involving hypnosis, mystery, love, and friendship!
by Margo Kelly
Merit Press, October 2016
$17.99 (CAN $22.99)
Hardcover; 5½ x 8½; 304 pages
17-year-old Hannah is losing her grip on reality, which is affecting not only her but her friends and family too. She wrecked the car when bugs crawled over her hands, but were the creepy things even real? Now someone is moving Hannah’s possessions around in her room, or is she imagining that also? Why does she feel like she isn’t in control of her own brain anymore? Hannah is terrified she’s headed for a horrible life in and out of the mental institution, just like her dad.
When her friends bail, Hannah is left floundering. Her boyfriend, Manny, doesn’t believe her wild stories, and new girl Chelsea is practically replacing her at school. Only artsy outsider and self-proclaimed occult expert, Plug, agrees to help Hannah discover the truth, but even he can't help Hannah reclaim her mind from whatever is taking over. She'll have to do that on her own, especially if she wants to save her friends, her mom, and herself.
"The psychological elements and mystery bring ... real tension. The book's final third barrels to a dramatic finale." –School Library Journal
"An engaging mystery with hints of supernatural and romance." –Kirkus Reviews
“Steeped in supernatural horror and gothic suspense tropes … a dark, paranoid tale.” –International Thriller Writers
“Unlocked by Margo Kelly is a novel that had me thinking about hypnotism in a new light … If you’re into novels with dark or spooky themes then this book might just be your cup of tea.” –TheYoungFolks.com
“Compelling, edge-of-your-seat thriller that grabbed me from the start. … The plot is filled with clever twists that build suspense and keep the pages turning as the characters hurtle towards an unexpected conclusion.” –Youth Services Book Reviews
"This good vs. evil story had me guessing the ending until the final pages." –Julie Hatcher, librarian
"Highly recommended for its taut storytelling, chilling horror elements, strong characters, and realistic representation of high school life." –Joshua David Bellin, author of SCAVENGER OF SOULS
“The use of an unreliable narrator really made this story pop … I also liked how realistic this book was in … the diverse characters … accurate portrayals of Native Americans and people of Latin American descent. It's also a helpful book for dealing with the stigma that often comes with mental illness … a complex story with an interesting twist at the end.” –Karen McCoy, librarian
“Get ready for a thrill ride you won't be able to get off until you turn the last page.” –YA Books Central
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