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All Unquiet Things Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 12, 2010
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"It’s a slow-building, slow-burning mystery—Jarzab is as interested in probing Neily and Audrey’s emotional states and the ramifications of Carly’s murder as she is in solving it—but the author’s confident, literary prose makes for a tense and immersive thriller."
Booklist, October 15, 2009:
"Part mystery, part character study, the story hooks readers immediately, propelling them through a serpentine path of secrets and lies."
Top Customer Reviews
Besides the mystery aspect the book spoke of lost love, friendship, and family troubles. It reminded me a bit of one of my favorite television shows, Veronica Mars. I love the idea of teens solving a mystery (and not a childish mystery), their tactics are obviously going to be different than an adults, or the police. It's just more fun.
I loved that the book was told both from Neily and Audrey's perspectives. Though sometimes I had to remind myself who the narrator was because they were often in each others scenes. It was also refreshing to come across two main characters that weren't involved romantically but worked together as a team, as friends, they helped each other find closure over the death of their love (Neily) and best friend/cousin (Audrey).
There were only a few suspects in the story but when it came down to it, I totally didn't see it coming when the actual murderer was revealed. The entire book was a complex web of lies and truths and I just had a great time reading the book. I also think it would lend itself nicely to a movie format.
One word: Captivating
Audrey's father may be a drunken loser, but they doesn't mean she thinks he deserves to be in prison for murdering her best friend and cousin Carly. With the help of Carly's ex Neily, she's determined to find out the real killer. Too bad Audrey and Neily can barely stand each other, but they do agree the true culprit is probably one of their prep school classmates.
Anna Jarzab created two difficult to like characters in Audrey and Neily, who alternated telling sections of the story. Both had difficult relationships with their fathers and were considered outcasts and neither reached out to the other, the two people closest to Carly, after her murder. I had a hard time understanding why one of them hadn't contacted the other, if not to provide support than to seek it. Neily had more dimension than Audrey.
I loved the mystery and plot of ALL UNQUIET THINGS and suspected almost every character of the murder, including that the actual killer was already in jail and Audrey was wrong about her father. Jarzab did a great job leaving enough red herrings and major and minor dishonest characters that any number of scenarios would have made sense. I particularly appreciated that Audrey and Neily's verbal sparring didn't have a romantic undertone, because guys and girls can be just on and off maybe friends, without eventually realize they've fallen madly in love.
THEMES: family, parents, death, grief, drugs, murder, mystery
ALL UNQUIET THINGS is an engaging mystery that will keep you guessing.
The mystery of who really killed teenage girl Carly, is told in alternative parts by Neily, her ex, and Audrey, her cousin. They are not exactly best friends since Audrey's dad was arrested as the murderer, but they strike an unlikely alliance in trying to figure out who Carly's real killer is. Their quest is not breathtaking to say the least : they fight, they act all cool and wise and smart, they confront one person, they have another very long verbal battle, they confront someone else, etc. There are no big twists and the plot linearity is boring as hell.
There are a lot of possible suspects since Carly dallied with unsavory characters once she dumped Neily. When the real killer is uncovered, it comes as a mild surprise... and that's it. There is teenage sex and drugs in the story, but somehow even that doesn't make the whole novel take off. If you want to read a good YA murder novel, I'd recommend "Dangerous girls". Sorry Anna.
But then Audrey approaches Neily, asking for help. The pieces of Carly's murder aren't adding up, and she doesn't believe her father is the killer. She suspects the murderer is someone at their school, who would go at any length to keep certain dark secrets covered. But in order for them to find the truth, Audrey and Neily will have to be honest with not only each other, but themselves as well, and risk ripping open old wounds and getting involved with dangerous people.
Anna Jarzab's debut novel is a superbly written and immaculate mystery that is completely gripping and unsettling. Her writing style is smart and sophisticated, peppered with observations that will make you really stop and think. Her main characters, Neily and Audrey, are both very different but very authentic. Neily is smart and capable, but struggles to deal with an immense load of guilt. Audrey is a little more reckless and assertive, but deep down, she's searching for love and acceptance. The story flows perfectly as Jarzab carefully pulls back layer after layer of the events of over four years as the viewpoints switch back and forth between Neily and Audrey, and the past and present.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked this book. I thought the mystery was done well. I liked the main characters (Neily and Audrey) and their reluctant friendship.Published 16 months ago by Brandy
Beautifully written and unpredictable. I like how it bounced between Neily and Audrey's point-of-view. It was a complex, mulit-layered book. A great read!Published 22 months ago by Megan Monsen
I really really enjoyed this book! I was reading it all day yesterday and today. It was so hard to put down to go to bed last night. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Erica Alyson
I have no idea why I don't usually read mysteries. I never really look for them, but when I do read one, I almost always enjoy it - I love the suspense and trying to figure out who... Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Hannah @ Paperback Treasures
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All Unquiet Things is a very deftly written mystery that focuses on characters, but also has a tight and suspenseful plot. Read morePublished on March 5, 2011 by BP
ALL UNQUIET THINGS reminded me of LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green, and I don't necessarily mean that in a good way, since LOOKING FOR ALASKA is one of my favorite books. Read morePublished on October 9, 2010 by Anidori-Isilee
This heartrending mystery, with believable and flawed characters, was a welcome relief after all the fantasy romances that are being published right now. Read morePublished on August 12, 2010 by B. Clegg
A year ago, Carly was murdered, and even though they've put someone in jail, no one can forget, least of all Neily, Carly's ex-boyfriend, and Audrey, Carly's best friend. Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Rachael Stein