With Unspoken, Sarah Rees Brennan starts off an intriguing new series, titled The Lynburn Legacy, a spooky new entry into the paranormal mystery genre. This novel is fast-paced and well-written, with enough plot twists that you don’t always know what to expect, but you keep reading in order to figure things out. I read a few reviews praising this novel, so I had to pick it up; the only thing disappointing with this book is the fact that the sequel isn’t out yet!
Jared has been Kami’s imaginary friend for all of her life; when things get tough, she talks to Jared, and he talks back. Over the years, Kami has learned to conceal her special relationship, knowing that it makes others uncomfortable. Instead, she focuses on honing her journalistic craft and hanging out with her best friend, the gorgeous and misanthropic Angela. Her latest story has her covering the return of the Lynburn family to the small town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Many in town aren’t happy that the family has returned home with two teen sons in tow, and Kami is determined to find out why.
Kami’s investigation takes an unexpected turn when she meets one of the Lynburn boys. Kami is stunned when she realizes that the sullen, motorcycle-riding newcomer is none other than the Jared she has been talking to in her head since she was a child. While they are both slightly repelled by the other, upon uncovering a series of strange and disturbing crimes, they decide to work together to figure out what exactly is going on in the town.
This novel has hints of the gothic, elements of horror, and a slight dash of romance, a component which I think will become more prominent in later books in the series. Mostly, however, this novel is a supernatural mystery. Kami is a smart heroine, and I’ll quote author Esther Friesner here, who says that Kami is a”heroine who kicks butt without ever being a ‘Spunky Girl’ cliché.” The elements of magic in the plot are enchanting and left me wanting more. The history of the Lynburns was also very intriguing, and I look forward to learning more about that family and their relationship with the town.
With an action-packed ending, this novel will leave you wanting more. Too bad we have to wait for it. But if you can’t wait to read more about the series and want to find out what inspires Sarah Rees Brennan, check out this article.