Wednesday, April 27, 2011

All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab

Genre: teen mystery
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 352
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 that 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 in 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 the hard truths about themselves and the girl they couldn't save.


I've been waiting to read this book for awhile, and I'm glad I did read it. Although it isn't one of my most favorite books ever, I did enjoy Neily's voice and the complexity of Carly and the life that both Audrey and Neily didn't know about until they discovered more about Carly throughout their investigation.

Of the two voices of this novel, I found that I enjoyed Neily's more because he was really hurt by Carly and what she did to him. That and we see more of Neily anyway. Audrey was, in my opinion, somewhat of a hypocrite as she didn't practice many of the things she preached. Towards the end of the novel, you see that she's drifted away from the investigation more and left most of it to Neily as she rediscovers her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Cass.

Overall, this was more of a think-it-through murder mystery. The ending didn't shock me so much,but I thought it was interesting how Neily and Audrey clicked the pieces together. The story was very complex and intriguing and it sucked you into trying to discover what happened to Carly and what she got herself into.

The Cover: PERFECT for this novel. The model on the cover was exactly what the book described Carly to look like. I loved the cover; it's simple, elegant, and has the undertone of creepiness, especially with the title!

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