All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzarb
Publisher: Delacorte BFYR
Publication Date: January 12th 2010
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Gold star (4.5/5 stars)
Synopsis: Carly: She was sweet. Smart. Self-destructive. She knew the secrets of Brighton Day School’s most privileged students. Secrets that got her killed.
Neily: Dumped by Carly for a notorious bad boy, Neily didn’t answer the phone call she made before she died. If he had, maybe he could have helped her. Now he can’t get the image of her lifeless body out of his mind.
Audrey: She’s the reason Carly got tangled up with Brighton’s fast crowd in the first place, and now she regrets it—especially since she’s convinced the police have put the wrong person in jail. Audrey thinks the murderer is someone at Brighton, and she wants Neily to help her find out who it is.
As reluctant allies Neily and Audrey dig into their shared past with Carly, her involvement with Brighton’s dark goings-on comes to light. But figuring out how Carly and her killer fit into the twisted drama will force Audrey and Neily to face hard truths about themselves and the girl they couldn’t save.
Review: All Unquiet Things really impressed me, I thought it would be good but not jawdropping kind of good. Jarzarb’s unique and refreshing narrative instantly captured me and I practically tore through the last half of the book. The book was filled with suspense and mystery making it impossible to put down.
Character development in this book was absolute perfection. Even though Carly was dead when we started the story, it felt as though she was really there with us throughout the book. The alternating chapters between Neily and Audrey were fabulously well-done and both of them had a distinct voice. I liked Neily’s chapters the best because he was a perfect narrator, his thoughts were always rational compared to Audrey who could be quite rash at times. Initially, I was wary of Audrey because she seemed to be hiding things from Neily but she slowly gained my trust and by the middle of the book, I thought ‘If Jarzarb was going to send us on a wild goose chase when the killer was there all along, I will throw this book out the window’.
I didn’t throw the book out the window. Now you know who was not the killer. 😉
Thankfully, the climax and final reveal of the killer were expertly delivered, leaving no unanswered questions. The ending to be very satisfying with a good resolution and I hope Jarzarb will write a sequel to this novel! I would love to see more of the characters.
At first glance, this book doesn’t seem fantastic and will win awards but it is one book that definitely fits into my criteria of ‘a good mystery novel’. Now I own a copy of this superb novel, maybe you should too.