Pub. Date: January 12, 2010
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardcover, 352pp
Age Range: Young Adult
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.
Riveting in her story telling, Jarzab captures the essence of love and loss and how one life shattering event can have profound effect on loved ones…
I’m a big fan of paranormal/fantasy books and All Unquiet Things is one of those books that reintroduced me to a stunning contemporary novel written beautifully. It’s writing like this that makes me want to venture outside of my favorite genre. I don’t think I could say anything else that best describes how amazing this book is.
Told in alternating viewpoints from Neily and Audrey, Jarzab captured the voices of each character perfectly. The emotions behind each character had me empathizing with the turmoil surrounding Carly’s death and how her down spiral continued to have everlasting effects on Neily and Audrey. I was quite shocked at how quickly Carly’s life took a turn for the worst.
The writing is spectacular its complexity of the characters and the overall flow of the book. Jarzab weaved a compelling story around love, friendship, loss, and mystery. With how each clue unfolded to give us glimpses of Carly’s on-goings, I was left stunned. The pages couldn’t turn fast enough for me. I would recommend this book to everyone. I look forward to reading more of Jarzarb’s books.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars