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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 s 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. Part of the SECRETS--a series of seven linked novels that can be read in any order. Runtime 6.5 hours on 5 CDs.


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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 s 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. Part of the SECRETS--a series of seven linked novels that can be read in any order. Runtime 6.5 hours on 5 CDs.

30 review for The Unquiet Past Unabridged Audiobook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Short Reviews

    Much better than Small Bones. I read this book in a couple of hours, that's how hooking it was. Much better than Small Bones. I read this book in a couple of hours, that's how hooking it was.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5/5 stars I love Kelley Armstrong. So I knew that I had to read this book. It is part of the Secrets series (a bunch of authors each write a book where there is a secret involved). The Unquiet Past is a YA historical mystery with paranormal elements (ghosts/visions/psychic elements). The book is set in 1964, mostly in Montreal and rural Quebec. The narrator is almost 17 year old Tess. She is in orphan trying to uncover the truth about her parentage. When the book begins Tess is in Hope Ontario. Sh 3.5/5 stars I love Kelley Armstrong. So I knew that I had to read this book. It is part of the Secrets series (a bunch of authors each write a book where there is a secret involved). The Unquiet Past is a YA historical mystery with paranormal elements (ghosts/visions/psychic elements). The book is set in 1964, mostly in Montreal and rural Quebec. The narrator is almost 17 year old Tess. She is in orphan trying to uncover the truth about her parentage. When the book begins Tess is in Hope Ontario. She lives in the Benevolent Home of Necessitous Girls. It burns down. This book is definitely a mystery. But I am not sure if I would consider it a thriller. There is a mystery to figure out. but only in the last part of the book do things really happen at a faster pace. Before the halfway point I would also say that there is not much paranormal. But that does have a huge impact on the last half of the book. There is a fair amount of French in this book (since a bunch of characters speak that language). But everything is translated. And it is mostly just a line or two followed by the translation. I don't normally like historical books. But truthfully this did not really feel that historical. It was only set in the 60s. So things weren't that different. The book deals with visions, which I found very interesting. I liked how this helped move the story along. This book was unusual. it was interesting, but very different from anything the author has previously written. But I enjoyed it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shruthi

    For more reviews like this one, check out my blog, Reading Recluses Meh. Too much like the darkest powers series. One girl who sees 'ghosts' meets a jerkish, smart, slightly rude boy. They argue, eventually become friends, and then have that one kiss. Plot wise it was similar, with a betrayal and many secrets. Also the book did not feel like historical fiction. The writing was very modern as were most characters I liked Jackson. I liked Tess. I just didn't love the plot, or lack there of. It had lots For more reviews like this one, check out my blog, Reading Recluses Meh. Too much like the darkest powers series. One girl who sees 'ghosts' meets a jerkish, smart, slightly rude boy. They argue, eventually become friends, and then have that one kiss. Plot wise it was similar, with a betrayal and many secrets. Also the book did not feel like historical fiction. The writing was very modern as were most characters I liked Jackson. I liked Tess. I just didn't love the plot, or lack there of. It had lots and lots of potential. Just didn't live up to its premise. .

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Sloan

    Really enjoyed this book. I would go as far as saying its may be my favorite of Kelley Armstrong's Books. It was really awesome to read one of her books that is finally very Canadian centered rather than Americanized. It was a great insight into Canadian history, I loved the frequent French in the book, and the experience of someone who didnt speak French but was trying seemed very real. Inclusion of somewhat of a history of the Metis people was also very interesting. It was a very compelling st Really enjoyed this book. I would go as far as saying its may be my favorite of Kelley Armstrong's Books. It was really awesome to read one of her books that is finally very Canadian centered rather than Americanized. It was a great insight into Canadian history, I loved the frequent French in the book, and the experience of someone who didnt speak French but was trying seemed very real. Inclusion of somewhat of a history of the Metis people was also very interesting. It was a very compelling storyline, the characters were very easy to engage with, and it drew me completely. My only issue was it ended too soon. As someone who reads a lot of book series' i am torn between saying it is refreshing to see someone writing a standalone book, and saying why isnt this a series i want to read more books in this world.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I enjoyed this! Fairly classic Kelley Armstrong. It's part of one of those series a bunch of authors write books in, but it stood alone. (At least, I didn't feel like I was missing anything.) Did not feel like it was set in the 60's, but that didn't bother me. I enjoyed this! Fairly classic Kelley Armstrong. It's part of one of those series a bunch of authors write books in, but it stood alone. (At least, I didn't feel like I was missing anything.) Did not feel like it was set in the 60's, but that didn't bother me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tez

    Took a long time to get good - have to wait until McGill.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shyla Colt

    *sighs This started with a bang, as Tess sets out on an adventure to discover her past, and then it starts to fall short. Tess has grown up in an orphanage where she focuses on fashion and saving every dime she can to leave once she turns eighteen. When a fire closes the orphanage, she's set out into the world on her own with a clue from her past, a telephone number, and an address. So she gathers her things, hopes on a train, and begins a new stage in her life. I don't want to give away too much *sighs This started with a bang, as Tess sets out on an adventure to discover her past, and then it starts to fall short. Tess has grown up in an orphanage where she focuses on fashion and saving every dime she can to leave once she turns eighteen. When a fire closes the orphanage, she's set out into the world on her own with a clue from her past, a telephone number, and an address. So she gathers her things, hopes on a train, and begins a new stage in her life. I don't want to give away too much but her journey leads her to an abandoned house where she finds more than she bargains for. This book was slow. The story really drug on without enough incidents to move it forward. I felt like the plot was an afterthought. There was minimal build up and the conclusion was weak. I had to force myself to finish it. It had potential. Ms. Armstorng had some interesting and unique concepts, but the execution didn't' do it for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    This book was so preachy and cute. Don't discredit yourself! Don't make excuses for creeps! Don't think you know everything about someone by a first impression! Don't assume you know things about a different culture! Friendship is great! Honesty is important! I loved it. I'm totally down for this Secrets series, and I love that every author was encouraged to write in their own preferred genre. Even Kelley Armstrong, queen of my heart and also of the paranormal. This book was so preachy and cute. Don't discredit yourself! Don't make excuses for creeps! Don't think you know everything about someone by a first impression! Don't assume you know things about a different culture! Friendship is great! Honesty is important! I loved it. I'm totally down for this Secrets series, and I love that every author was encouraged to write in their own preferred genre. Even Kelley Armstrong, queen of my heart and also of the paranormal.

  9. 4 out of 5

    LibraryCin

    This is one of 7 books in the “Secrets” series, all written by different authors. The premise behind the series, as a whole, is that, in 1964, an orphanage in Ontario has burnt down. The oldest kids are sent off on their own with only a small piece of info given to each of them about their past. In this one, Tess is given only a phone number (but it’s out of service) and an address in a town in Quebec. The address leads to a large abandoned house. Tess has visions, and has never told anyone othe This is one of 7 books in the “Secrets” series, all written by different authors. The premise behind the series, as a whole, is that, in 1964, an orphanage in Ontario has burnt down. The oldest kids are sent off on their own with only a small piece of info given to each of them about their past. In this one, Tess is given only a phone number (but it’s out of service) and an address in a town in Quebec. The address leads to a large abandoned house. Tess has visions, and has never told anyone other than her very best friend about them. She gets an eerie feeling in this house. What happened here and what is Tess’ connection to the place? I really liked this. I loved the super-creepy feeling at one point in the story. Wow, this author was very good with creating that creepy atmosphere! This is the second book I’ve read in this series, and I do plan to continue on.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)

    This was so good, predictable at almost every turn but enjoyable nonetheless. I loved Jackson so much!!! I can't wait to see where the other girls ended up! This was so good, predictable at almost every turn but enjoyable nonetheless. I loved Jackson so much!!! I can't wait to see where the other girls ended up!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Read it straight through from start to finish. Could not put it down. Amazingly written. This was my first Kelley Armstrong book and it won't be my last Read it straight through from start to finish. Could not put it down. Amazingly written. This was my first Kelley Armstrong book and it won't be my last

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Kelley Armstrong is one of my turn to authors when I'm in a bit of a slump so when I saw that she had released this one last year I had to read it. I didn't get to it until January of this year and it's a shame that it's taken me this long to write the review for it. I picked this one up because I was in a slump and wanted to read one of her YA titles but wasn't really in the mood to go right into one of her many YA series at the time. The Unquiet Past is set in a series but the series is compri Kelley Armstrong is one of my turn to authors when I'm in a bit of a slump so when I saw that she had released this one last year I had to read it. I didn't get to it until January of this year and it's a shame that it's taken me this long to write the review for it. I picked this one up because I was in a slump and wanted to read one of her YA titles but wasn't really in the mood to go right into one of her many YA series at the time. The Unquiet Past is set in a series but the series is comprised of each book in it being written by different authors. It was perfect for what I wanted so as soon as I got it from the library I started reading it and wouldn't you know it, I was done the same day. Because of the nature of the book I'm going to have to be a little vague so I don't give any big spoilers away. The Unquiet Past is different from her other novels in that it's a standalone (she has some but she is a serious series writer). I thought the setting was great, It's set here in Canada (rural Quebec) and in 1964 which is a pretty clear departure from her other stuff, but it was refreshing to see this side of her writing. I wouldn't say that it's clear cut in what genre it fits in but if I best had to describe it it would be a historical young adult mystery with a touch of the paranormal to it. If I had to describe it in one word I'd say gothic. Tess is a really good character and I liked her right from the beginning. She's spent her whole life in an orphanage in Hope, Ontario and all she wants to do is be free and find out who she really is and why she's being plagued with visions on top of being an orphan. The poor girl really couldn't catch a break. I thought she was really well written, she was smart, witty and a little naive at the same time which made her believable to me. I thought she was quite spunky too and I liked how she was relentless in her pursuit to find out her history, even when it meant travelling alone in rural areas and finding a house (and a curmudgeon of a teenage boy) that held evidence that it used to be a sort of asylum and a wee bit of a ghost/spectre problem. Then there's the Curmudgeon also known as Jackson a Metis boy who is just a bit older than Tess. He's also looking for answers to something (I'm not telling you what!) and he reluctantly and rudely agrees to help Tess on her quest for answers. I liked him, but I did find his grumbling a bit off putting after awhile. At the same time though he did balance out Tess and her optimism and he brought a levelheadedness to the story and their search so he did play a big role and fill in areas that were needed. I thought the overall writing of the book was fast paced, and very mysterious. I never knew what was going to happen next and that's what really kept me reading further. There was definitely an air of the paranormal to it that brought a bit of an eerie feeling to the story, especially when they found out what the mansion used to be used for and all that ensued in that strange old place. I thought the way that the author described the scenes was great, I could really see my self standing with Jackson and Tess, watching things unfold in front of my eyes. It was really cool to be able to be transported like that it was almost as if I could smell the smell of old stale house while I was reading it. I loved that about it and the characters were well written. However that's not to say that the book was perfect. My biggest gripe with it was I felt a bit rushed. I think the characters as good as they were could have been expanded on a bit as well as the story itself. If it were given another 30 to 50 pages to really delve more into the history of the house I'd have like it more. It wasn't a huge detriment to the story but I did feel slightly rushed hence the 3.5 star rating instead of a 4 star rating. I would recommend this one to fans of Kelley Armstrong, readers who enjoy young adult fiction that is a mix of mystery with a touch of the paranormal and people looking for a read that gives off an eerie vibe when you're reading it. I would advise thought that this is one of the books were things do not wrap themselves up in a pretty bow for you in the end. It leaves you with questions and lets think about the story long after you finish reading it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kayla (Kayla's Book Nook)

    Yay! Finally a paranormal book I was able to get along with! After receiving The Unquiet Past for my birthday back in June, I put off reading it- not because it made me feel intimidated, but because I just wasn't in the mood. But then I finally was, and I'm very glad I picked it up, despite it not being my favourite book in its Secrets series. The Secrets series is a set of 7 books all written by different Canadian YA authors which all centre around teenage girls finding themselves and their famil Yay! Finally a paranormal book I was able to get along with! After receiving The Unquiet Past for my birthday back in June, I put off reading it- not because it made me feel intimidated, but because I just wasn't in the mood. But then I finally was, and I'm very glad I picked it up, despite it not being my favourite book in its Secrets series. The Secrets series is a set of 7 books all written by different Canadian YA authors which all centre around teenage girls finding themselves and their families after having their orphanage burn down, back in 1964. As they are all different voices, they do not need to be read in order- you can read them all, or you can just read one and none of the others. This series is as flexible as a rubber band, so with all the different writing styles, you are bound to find a book you like. This book specifically is about Tess, who has visions of ghosts and many other such creatures. They distort her life, so she finally decides to find out what the problem is once her orphanage burns down. So, having been given some information that accompanied her when she was given up, Tess goes to Quebec and starts the search for her parents- and the truth. I really liked the intuitive, determined character that Tess was. I thought that she was able to see the positive in everything, even if things were down in the dumps for her. Tess also showed a great passion for finding who she was and where she came from, and she never gave up after having trouble. Like many of the other protagonists in this series, I found myself able to relate to her extremely well. Jackson, her ally whom she met when she arrived in Quebec, was quite cool and helpful in finding Tess what she wanted, even though he did seem a bit iffy and mysterious at times. If there was a scale, though, I think it would weigh more on the good side. Like all the other Secrets books, the mystery was riveting and kept me on the edge of my seat, boasting a super fast, interesting plot. The mystery was wrapped up quite well in the end, and I wasn't really left with any leftover questions about the story. Overall, I really enjoyed many things about The Unquiet Past, and I definitely plan to pick up more from Kelley Armstrong. If you are one to enjoy historical fiction and are specifically looking for a book with paranormal elements, then this is the one to pick up to learn about Tess's unquiet past! ;)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Heltsley

    I am a huge fan of this author. HUGE FAN! This book . . . Hmm . . . it was one of the strangest books I've ever read. I can't say that I have an opinion good or bad about this book. It was just average, but definitely different. The author was going for creepy, but I found it more to be bizarre. Overall, a different read, but okay. I am a huge fan of this author. HUGE FAN! This book . . . Hmm . . . it was one of the strangest books I've ever read. I can't say that I have an opinion good or bad about this book. It was just average, but definitely different. The author was going for creepy, but I found it more to be bizarre. Overall, a different read, but okay.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Satarupa

    Well I read it for the second time and I liked it a lot more than the first time around. I don't know why but maybe I wasn't in the mood for it before. Though it wasn't fantastic but I liked the mystery element and the supernatural powers of the main character. The insta-love was a bit of a let down but other than that I liked the story. Well I read it for the second time and I liked it a lot more than the first time around. I don't know why but maybe I wasn't in the mood for it before. Though it wasn't fantastic but I liked the mystery element and the supernatural powers of the main character. The insta-love was a bit of a let down but other than that I liked the story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    It was quick and interesting. A little mystery and two teens learning about each other. Light romance but more get to know you, you lied to me stuff. A little creepy with the visions and subject matter. Easy yet entertaining!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Creepy enough to keep me up all night reading - or maybe that was the coffee. This book is geared to young adults, and in places felt formulaic, but i enjoyed enough to read it in one sitting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Lenarczyk

    This novel was so engaging, I read it in a day off from work. I was hooked on the plot, and the many psychology references just continued to enhance my reading experience. I was so interested in this young girl who had a psychic ability, but showed itself in creepy ways. An abandoned mental hospital and she can still hear the screams of the patients? Yes, please! As much as I loved this, there were a few reasons that I couldn’t give this novel five stars. The biggest reason for my dropped star i This novel was so engaging, I read it in a day off from work. I was hooked on the plot, and the many psychology references just continued to enhance my reading experience. I was so interested in this young girl who had a psychic ability, but showed itself in creepy ways. An abandoned mental hospital and she can still hear the screams of the patients? Yes, please! As much as I loved this, there were a few reasons that I couldn’t give this novel five stars. The biggest reason for my dropped star is that the ending felt very rushed. There was almost 250 pages of lead-up to a big reveal that only lasted about a page. Kelley wrote this novel in a way that focused so heavily on the psychological plot, but then almost changed her mind and chose to be more character-driven. Check out my full review on my blog! http://theprincessgummybearreviews.bl...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    In 1964, after the orphanage she's living in burns down and closes, 17-year old Tess has to find her own way in the world. She receives a box from a woman who worked at the orphanage containing an envelope that was left with Tess when she arrived there. Inside the envelope, she finds a telephone number and an address. The phone number is out of service, so Tess decides to venture to the address and find her family. She's not expecting to find an abandoned house. But of course, that's not the onl In 1964, after the orphanage she's living in burns down and closes, 17-year old Tess has to find her own way in the world. She receives a box from a woman who worked at the orphanage containing an envelope that was left with Tess when she arrived there. Inside the envelope, she finds a telephone number and an address. The phone number is out of service, so Tess decides to venture to the address and find her family. She's not expecting to find an abandoned house. But of course, that's not the only creepy thing: Tess has also been seeing ghosts... I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't do anything for me. I didn't care about the main character enough and I didn't find it particularly scary. I've tried reading other books by this author in the past and I haven't been able to finish them, so maybe I'm just not a fan of her writing. All I can say is mehhhh.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alex | | findingmontauk1

    Gonna have to go with 2.5 out of 5 stars for this one. The book seemed to lack some depth and action for me. It was a pretty short book and maybe if it were longer it could have expanded upon some things and made the overall story better? Additionally, the narrator for this is a hard pass. She sounds like a poor man's Jennifer Tilly who is learning to read for the first time with this book. So I am sure that deterred a better rating (ONLY slightly) as well. I really wanted to like this one a lot Gonna have to go with 2.5 out of 5 stars for this one. The book seemed to lack some depth and action for me. It was a pretty short book and maybe if it were longer it could have expanded upon some things and made the overall story better? Additionally, the narrator for this is a hard pass. She sounds like a poor man's Jennifer Tilly who is learning to read for the first time with this book. So I am sure that deterred a better rating (ONLY slightly) as well. I really wanted to like this one a lot more, too! C'est la vie...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Catherben

    Kelsey Armstrong never disappoints! In fact each book of hers I read is somehow better than the last. Very excited to learn that this one is part of a series and although the other books have different authors I look forward to learning the secrets of the girls Tess grew up with. Only nitpick: as a bilingual Canadian the constant repetition of dialogue (first in french, then followed by an English translation) got really tiresome.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Plenty happens in this short book but it ends quite abruptly. I enjoyed it but don't feel like the ending was very satisfactory. Plenty happens in this short book but it ends quite abruptly. I enjoyed it but don't feel like the ending was very satisfactory.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This was ok. I wanted it to be a little darker. I would like something along these lines for adults by Kelley Armstrong. Make it happen Kelley.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Uh...I have very mixed feelings about this book. I really really wanted to rate it four star but I just couldn’t. I absolutely loved the concept about a girl who learns about her family through twisted visions of the past. But I think it could be woven into the book more and in an other way. She managed to do this in the middle of the book, but I really think it could have been added in other places. An example where it would be beneficial to use the visions is the start of the book. Starting the Uh...I have very mixed feelings about this book. I really really wanted to rate it four star but I just couldn’t. I absolutely loved the concept about a girl who learns about her family through twisted visions of the past. But I think it could be woven into the book more and in an other way. She managed to do this in the middle of the book, but I really think it could have been added in other places. An example where it would be beneficial to use the visions is the start of the book. Starting the book with the dream Tess has later on in the book would immediately make the reader (or at least me) interested to see what the dream was about and make you want to continue. To me the start of the book was basically unbearable. It almost made me stop reading the book. (Which I’m happy I didn’t do) It felt like a completely different book! So let’s start with that. During the fire Tess runs in to rescue Maggie, a girl who loves to read books and who we get a detailed description of...she’s never mentioned again. I have no idea what the writer was thinking when she wrote that? It was as if she didn’t reread her book a single time to see if there was anything that was totally useless information. I think it would have been better if she never ran into the house, or if one of the girls actually got hurt? So she maybe could have felt guilty that she left Maggie and blame it on her visions. An other character that was unnecessary in my opinion is Billy. Now I feel like the only purpose he had in the book was to get Tess out of the building so that she didn’t get caught in the fire. The writer could have written that in an other way, like just making her sneak out in general, or actually be in the house when it starts to burn. But Billy could also have had a bigger role after Tess left Hope. I don’t really know how but I’m sure i could think of some way to add him. The story mentions that Billy is gay...it’s nice to see more LGBT representatives in books, but... !! IT WAS SO UNNECESSARY !! Also he’s not mentioned in the epilogue which I feel like he should have been if he really was an important character? On a more positive note, I love the French in the book! It really made it feel like she was in a French speaking area instead of just saying “they were speaking French” or make us imagine we are reading French...but it’s in English.. Tess and Jackson were also very likable to me. They felt like real teenagers, I mean, I literally have friends who are just like them. The middle of the book, when they where in the house looking for clues was AMAZING!!! If the book kept that up I could easily have rated the book five stars. But then the end happened... When I was midway through the book I thought I could just oversee the start and give it a higher rating. But this end was just too bad. Like how?!? It felt rushed, left me with tons of answers and was just in general bad. I wasn’t ever happy that Tess and Jackson ended up together because I was so disappointed. I can’t even say anything... I want to cry? So badly? Just read it yourself and you will probably understand. A way to continue the book and make an end that wasn’t so abrupt, the writer could have done it so that “the fight” against Dr. Augustin made them learn about what he had done there, maybe find some notes he took (through sneaking into his home/office maybe?) than go to an area where he had written their mothers were, and Tess and Jackson would learn the truth there? I also think there should be some sort of side plot at the same time about Steve/John. I mean... they say they’re going to do something about him, yet they never do anything. But I still liked the concept. The idea that someone had sent an old man to help them figure out their mothers pasts is a really good ending - if done correctly and not rushed. Also did she really have to do it during the kiss scene (which was really weird and uncalled for) like...better timing maybe?) I just felt really awkward throughout the entire scene because I couldn’t stop thinking about how he just walked in on them having their first/ second kiss. The book was very predictable. Which isn’t a bad thing! I can still enjoy a book even if I basically know exactly how it will end. Although i didn’t expect Jackson to also have a mother who was in the ward(?) Weird fact: I was really confused when Dr. Augustin said their families were connected? Because I thought he meant they were siblings... and I had expected them to end up as lovers? But that idea was gone after a few pages. So yeah.. I know it sounds like I didn’t enjoy the book that much but it was worth reading! I kind of recommend it..?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Demi

    A cute novel with a mystery and it had an actual answer which I liked. The main character was fun and someone I actually liked and I wanted her to succeed in finding out what happened to her parents. Overall a good read and as I already like the author she didn't disappoint A cute novel with a mystery and it had an actual answer which I liked. The main character was fun and someone I actually liked and I wanted her to succeed in finding out what happened to her parents. Overall a good read and as I already like the author she didn't disappoint

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    A paranormal suspense, The Unquiet Past is one of seven in the Secret young adult series revolving around seven teenage girls freed from the orphanage after it burned down, setting out to find their past. The focus is on Tess Stacy in and takes place in June 1964 in Canada. In 2016, The Unquiet Past was nominated for the Snow Willow Award. My Take It is indeed about secrets. The ones that Tess, Billy, and Jackson each hide for their own reasons. It becomes a tit-for-tat, lies that turn honest with a A paranormal suspense, The Unquiet Past is one of seven in the Secret young adult series revolving around seven teenage girls freed from the orphanage after it burned down, setting out to find their past. The focus is on Tess Stacy in and takes place in June 1964 in Canada. In 2016, The Unquiet Past was nominated for the Snow Willow Award. My Take It is indeed about secrets. The ones that Tess, Billy, and Jackson each hide for their own reasons. It becomes a tit-for-tat, lies that turn honest with anger on both sides. It makes sense that the two of them have an adversarial relationship. Armstrong does a nice job of setting the time period with a touch of politics and a dash of French-English history before French was one of the official Canadian languages (Jackson points out a good reason why the French-Canadians were up in arms about it) along with the fashions that fascinate Tess. It’s mildly reinforced with the attitudes of the residents of Sainte-Suzanne. It’s a crime of ethics the couple uncovers. Experiments that will make you cringe. The story was nicely done with a third person simple subjective point-of-view from Tess’ perspective. And yes, there is a happy ending, although not quite the one you may expect. The Story Like all orphans, Tess wonders who her parents were, and when she gets a slim clue to their whereabouts, she’s anxious to start looking. Hoping to get answers about her visions to the past. To why she was left. The Characters Thérèse “Tess” Stacy is seventeen, born in 1947 with dreams of getting out of Hope. Billy has his own destructive secret in this small town and works with his mother who is a baker. Jackson Labine has a chip on his shoulder and is backpacking through the Canadian countryside. His mom is a psychologist and his dad is a lawyer. Both are activists into causes. Mamé is his dad’s mother, a Cree, I think. Sainte-Suzanne is… …where the address leads Tess. John is a pervert. Etienne/Steve was a witness to something awful 16 years ago. The list of patients includes André W., Corrine P., Dorothée J., Jacques K., and Stéphanie R. who doesn’t like the box. Dr. K seems to be in charge. An old man is trying to rectify the wrongs done by his nephew. McGill University, Toronto Dr. Donald Hebb had conducted sensory deprivation experiments and is head of the psychology department. Dr. Ewen Cameron is head of the psychiatry department, working for the CIA. His research assistant is extremely hostile. Dr. Kenneth Augustine knows Jackson’s parents and is studying psychic abilities. Ravenscrag is… …more commonly called the Allan Memorial Institute and is now the Royal Victoria Hospital’s psychiatry department. The Benevolent Home for Necessitous Girls is… …an orphanage in Hope, Ontario, Canada. Eleven-year-old Maggie loves to read. Nancy was mean as a snake. Agnes Hazelton is the matron in charge. Miss Webster is a home economics teacher. Métis are the children of French trappers and Native women. Retrocognition is seeing the past, often by stepping into another time altogether but in the same place. The Cover and Title The cover has an aged appearance with the scratchy red paint over a wooden wall. The terrifying part is the silhouette of hands scratching black lines in the wood. The title, in a scratchy white script, is centered at the top and takes up near half of the cover. The author’s name is centered at the bottom in a pale mint. The title is too, too true, as Tess never knew her parents…and her paranormal abilities take her into The Unquiet Past besides.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (YA Book Shelf)

    The Unquiet Past was my first book by Kelley Armstrong, and it was so good. It's about a 16-year-old girl named Tess (short for Thérèse) who has been raised in an orphanage in Hope, ON. Now, in 1964, the home has burnt down (the fire started while Tess was away), and she's set off an adventure to discover who she really is and what her secret nightmares and visions mean. She only has a disconnected phone number and an address to go on, which lead her to Sainte-Suzanne, about one hour north of Mo The Unquiet Past was my first book by Kelley Armstrong, and it was so good. It's about a 16-year-old girl named Tess (short for Thérèse) who has been raised in an orphanage in Hope, ON. Now, in 1964, the home has burnt down (the fire started while Tess was away), and she's set off an adventure to discover who she really is and what her secret nightmares and visions mean. She only has a disconnected phone number and an address to go on, which lead her to Sainte-Suzanne, about one hour north of Montreal. This is the first book in the 7 Secrets series that I read - next up is one of the other books in the series. In addition to Tess, I loved that she meets up with a Métis boy, even if he refuses to share his name with her right away. Between the two of them, they do a lot of research, which takes them back to Montreal - specifically to McGill University's Psychiatric Department. The book is filled with tension and a little bit of drama. Plus, even better for this gothic loving reader, there was plenty of atmosphere and allusions to some of the best gothic books, like Jane Eyre (and the mad woman in the attic), Dracula, and Poe among others. Super creepy moments and a satisfying ending. That said, if they decide to do a sequel of this 7 series, too, I won't pass up the chance to read the next instalment.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Creaturecare8

    Though this was not what I would say one of Armstrong's best novels, the concept taken for the collaborative series, as well as the secret revealed was extremely well written. Meeting Kelley Armstrong has only increased my passion towards reading her books. In this novel, a young girl, named Tess, is released from the captivity of her orphanage due to a large fire that caused the 7 older girls to discover their pasts. Tess is given a phone number and an address, which led her to the distant city Though this was not what I would say one of Armstrong's best novels, the concept taken for the collaborative series, as well as the secret revealed was extremely well written. Meeting Kelley Armstrong has only increased my passion towards reading her books. In this novel, a young girl, named Tess, is released from the captivity of her orphanage due to a large fire that caused the 7 older girls to discover their pasts. Tess is given a phone number and an address, which led her to the distant city of Saint-Suzanne which was quite a marvel due to the drastic travels and customs between Ontario and Quebec. There, she not only discovers her own past, but attempts to find justice for those who had suffered, not only causing her to become orphans. I would've given this a 5 star, but I thought it moved very fast. Though it was interesting, I wasn't on the edge of my seat. I someone were to be speaking this story, their voice would be very monotone. There were no rises and drops in the plot, except for some speed bumps... Overall, it's a great story, and a very new concept for a collaborative series. Recommended for anyone who's looking for some historical facts conjoined with old school action and adventure.. oh and wants to learn some basic french... ♥Still, don't take my word for it. Read it for yourself! Enjoy!♥

  29. 4 out of 5

    Johanna Sawyer

    Thanks Librarything for an ARC copy to read and review. (This author is in my top ten list of best authors.) This book however is decidedly young adult. Young teen. Tess lives in an orphanage and after a fire, the lady that runs the orphanage declares them adults. (What? At sixteen) The orphanage will place the younger children but the older ones will be phased out and emancipated. This series seems to be put together by several different authors and each are getting one of the children set free Thanks Librarything for an ARC copy to read and review. (This author is in my top ten list of best authors.) This book however is decidedly young adult. Young teen. Tess lives in an orphanage and after a fire, the lady that runs the orphanage declares them adults. (What? At sixteen) The orphanage will place the younger children but the older ones will be phased out and emancipated. This series seems to be put together by several different authors and each are getting one of the children set free to find out who they are and where they came from. All Tess get's is an address and a phone number as a clue. The phone number is disconnected so she has to travel to the address to find out more. I didn't really get engrossed in the book but it's a quick read. At the house, she meets a boy and finds a mystery. Both of them set out to solve it. I'm not sure what this book is classified as but it's part paranormal because Tess see's ghosts, part mystery, and part horror. Overall entertainment is four stars. Bad Ass Books

  30. 5 out of 5

    Synnie

    My complaint is that sometimes it could be hard to tell when the story was set. The speech patterns felt too modern. It's a typical Kelley Armstrong book and I mean that in the best of ways. It was a little spooky and had a bad ass heroine. It's not something I get tired of because the girls are real in their strength. Some are physically tougher, some are mentally stronger, some just won't let other push them around. And I love Kelley's little lessons that she squeezes in in all her books. In t My complaint is that sometimes it could be hard to tell when the story was set. The speech patterns felt too modern. It's a typical Kelley Armstrong book and I mean that in the best of ways. It was a little spooky and had a bad ass heroine. It's not something I get tired of because the girls are real in their strength. Some are physically tougher, some are mentally stronger, some just won't let other push them around. And I love Kelley's little lessons that she squeezes in in all her books. In this case, telling girls they are NEVER over reacting if they feel in danger and showing an example of how to analyze situations, without making it feel like a lesson. I've seen reviews on here saying they have no idea what happened in the book. Not everything is spelled out at the end. Some answers come a little bit before and you just have to remember them. It was well written and interesting. I stopped reading because I couldn't keep my eyes open and really needed sleep, otherwise I would've finished it in one go.

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