Book Review - All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab

Tuesday February 9, 2010

All Unquiet Things
by Anna Jarzab
January 12, 2010
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.

The intensity of first love, betrayal, envy, kids with gobs of money and a good 'ole who-done-it all wrapped up in one great book...that's what you have with Anna Jarzabs debut novel All Unquiet Things.

From the opening pages I was hooked! A year after the murder, Neily re-visits Empire Creek Bridge, the site of Carly's death. Something just isn't right and he knows it, but are his emotions for Carly clouding his judgment? Everyone keeps telling him to move on but something is stopping him...despite the fact she stomped on his heart the year before she died.

Considering Neily and Audry (who's connection to the murder is that of tabloid television) are on the outs with the "in-crowd" at Brighton Prep, laying low and getting the real-deal on what really happened should be easy right? No such luck...they seem to have obstacles at every turn but this doesn't stop them from finding clues and deeply guarded secrets on their path to finding out who really murdered Carly.

A smarter version of Gossip Girl with a murder mystery twist! A thriller for teens and young adults that will keep you guessing down to the last chapter! You can't beat that right? There's more...a few heart-breaking scenes of love lost and how money and power can twist what we "think" is love.

Best suited for 8th grade and up!

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The Library Lurker said...

Wow, great review! I'm going to definitely have to check this one out!

prophecygirl said...

"A smarter version of Gossip Girl"... that's enough for me! :)


Great review, I can't wait to read it!

Anna said...

I'm so glad you liked it!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

interesting, sounds great. i have a copy of this. i hope to read it soon. :)

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