Loren Smith has been in love with Eliot Devlin almost his entire life.  During their turbulent childhood and teen years, Loren didn’t always understand Eliot, and sometimes he could be a challenge, but Eliot was the only one to ever truly ease Loren’s deep loneliness and accept him.  When Eliot’s increasingly erratic and self-destructive behavior culminates in a suicide attempt at seventeen, Loren is devastated.

Upon meeting again by chance nine years later, Loren is enjoying a successful career as a police officer while Eliot’s life has been a constant struggle for stability.  In and out of mental hospitals, with a rap sheet a mile long, he continues to be buffeted by the twin storms of mania and depression.  Loren’s love and protectiveness for Eliot are deeply ingrained in him, however, and their feelings for each other are quickly rekindled.

Loren has issues of his own he’s dealing with, and trying to understand and cope with Eliot’s bipolar disorder isn’t easy.  They believe they’re meant to be, and Eliot brings a fulfillment to Loren’s life that no one else will ever match.  But as they both come to realize, love by itself can’t cure all.


"[Unquiet] is possibly one of the best, most frighteningly realistic portrayals of mental illness (and the struggles endured by the loved ones of someone with a mental illness) to ever be recorded in the pages of a book.  It's difficult to get through, but only because it is so very real." - Authors Talk About It

"This standalone sequel to Signs of Life follows Kai's best friend Loren on his emotional journey - and trust me when I say that his story will scorch every part of your body and wring your heart dry.  Watching Eliot struggle through his mental illness and work hard to overpower it is as heartrending as it is inspiring."  - RT Book Reviews Top Pick

"This is not a glossy, pencil-whipped tale that includes a character who has psychological problems.  Instead, this is a no-holds-barred dissection of a man with a nearly debilitating mental illness and of the people who love him, who struggle to love him the best way for him, and themselves." - Back Porch Reader