Unhinged (The Haunting of Secrets, #2) by Shelley R. Pickens



I received a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Aimee, the sixteen year old girl who can see your every memory with just one touch, is fresh out of the torture room after risking everything to capture a killer. Despite her instinct to avoid contact with others, she tries her best to find a new normal at school—perhaps even a boyfriend. But for those who are cursed, happiness and normality aren’t easy to obtain. A bizarre illness spreads like wildfire through the school and causes those around Aimee to lose their sanity before falling into a coma. Slowly, all the people she loves succumb to this strange disease.

Alone and terrified, she must use her curse to find a way to save her family and friends. As she delves deeper and deeper into their memories, she realizes David, a delusional person from her childhood, is the bigger threat that could destroy her. Despite the danger that surrounds her, she struggles to solve the puzzle before it’s too late to help those she cares for the most.

But as David moves closer to eliminating her, one puzzle still remains. Will she be able to save herself?


Genre(s):  Young adult

Series:  The Haunting of Secrets, #2

Length:  172 pages (estimated)

Release Date:  2015-04-23



Knowing what I know of the people in this world, I should welcome death.

But I don’t.

I have a reason to live – Logan.


My Opinion

This second instalment of The Haunting of Secrets series takes the readers back to 16-year-old Aimee. She still doesn’t like to touch people as she automatically learns all about their past when this happens. Something has changed, though: she had to realise that she loves Logan.

With Unhinged, Shelley R. Pickens has created an intriguing sequel to the story of a girl who tries to keep to herself. Her secret is only known to Mary who adopted her four years before, to her friend Dejana and to Logan. When some classmates start behaving weirdly, Aimee can’t even guess how fast life as she knew it is turning worse as the ones she loves most also seem to lose their sanity. Who is friend, who is foe – it is hard to tell. Unhinged is a very gripping read with a three-dimensional main character; the more I learned about her, the more I liked her. Shelley R. Pickens develops the story in a great way – it gets more and more thrilling as the story proceeds. I was drawn into the story right away, was really close to Aimee and all events. While reading, Aimee became like a friend and/or a dear family member. I’m looking forward to reading the next instalment! Unhinged is a great read for young adults as well as fans of paranormal and mystery reads.

This a book to read again. Highly recommended.

In brief:

Plot Some twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
Characters Developed


About the author

Shelley Pickens has been in love with anything and everything on the dark side of paranormal since the time she learned to read.  After 15 years of teaching Spanish to high schoolers, she decided to take her unique firsthand knowledge of young adults and apply it to her passion for creative writing and fantasy.  When not teaching or writing, Shelley likes to spend time with her husband and two beautiful children in Atlanta, Ga.  Her escape from reality is her love of complex thriller and science fiction TV series like Supernatural and Sleepy Hollow.  In her spare time she is an avid reader of all types of genres.  THE HAUNTING OF SECRETS is her debut novel.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Unhinged?  Or – if you did not yet read Unhinged  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Unhinged was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂





16 thoughts on “Unhinged (The Haunting of Secrets, #2) by Shelley R. Pickens

    • Thank you very much for the praise. 🙂
      There is something special about this series; it is awesome when a character seems to become a part of my ‘circles’.

  1. Reblogged this on Shelley R. Pickens and commented:
    “Unhinged is a very gripping read with a three-dimensional main character; the more I learned about her, the more I liked her.” Thank yo uso much Karen for the amazing, wonderful review and for sharing Aimee’s journey!

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