Hannah is losing it. Everything. Her friends, her life, and probably her mind. Bugs crawling over her hands made her wreck the car and cause her friend's death, but...were the bugs even real? Is someone moving Hannah's things around, or is she imagining it? Why does her brain feels as though she's not controlling it? She's probably headed for a useless life in and out of the locked ward, like her dad. In desperation, she reaches out when the school's self-proclaimed "occult" expert offers to help, and, through this supposedly weird kid, Hannah discovers shocking news that could mean she really is going crazy, or that someone misusing a terrible power.
"An engaging mystery with hints of supernatural and romance." --Kirkus Reviews
"The psychological elements and mystery bring...real tension. The book's final third barrels to a dramatic finale." --School Library Journal
"A complex paranormal young adult thriller. It mixes the paranormal, hypnosis, and romance. This is a great book for anyone looking for a YA book with a unique twist. This is a good fit for paranormal lovers. The element of hypnosis added a bit of nuance to the story. The author was not afraid to make the scenes gritting and scary. Finally, the cover is amazing. Retro and mysterious at the same time." --Young Adult Books Central
“Unlocked by Margo Kelly reminded me of why I love to read Young Adult novels that center on youths dealing with mental health. Unlocked by Margo Kelly is a novel that had me thinking about hypnotism in a new light and how to handle conflicts, especially when you feel as if you’re backed against a wall. If you’re into novels with dark or spooky themes then this book might just be your cup of tea.”
– The Young Folks
Steeped in supernatural horror and gothic suspense tropes … a dark, paranoid tale.
– International Thriller Writers
Margo Kelly is a bold, sensitive, writer whose inventive stories surprise and beguile teen readers. Look for more to come.
– Jacquelyn Mitchard, NYT Bestselling Author, The Deep End of the Ocean and Two if by Sea
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
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.
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