Carly She was sweet Smart Self destructive She knew the secrets of Brighton Day School s most privileged students Secrets that got her killedNeily 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 mindAudrey 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 isAs 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


10 thoughts on “All Unquiet Things

  1. karen karen says:

    this is a really high three stars, because i really did like it a whole lot my only reservations about going the whole four are that i know i will never read it again five stars means i neeeed to reread it, and four stars its chances are good that it will be revisited but this is a mystery, and i am not the sort of person who has any interest in rereading a mystery once i know whodunit but it has a lot going for it.it takes its title from childe harold, so already it s got me interested m this is a really high three stars, because i really did like it a whole lot my only reservations about going the whole four are that i know i will never read it again five stars means i neeeed to reread it, and four stars its chances are good that it will be revisited but this is a mystery, and i am not the sort of person who has any interest in rereading a mystery once i know whodunit but it has a lot going for it.it takes its title from childe harold, so already it s got me interested my love of byron conquers all he leadeth me beside the still waters and all of that also, this is a YA split narrative where both characters sound like different people hallelujah an author that can handle the challenge of creating distinct characters you would think this would be child s play for an author, but i am findingandthat many are just not up to the task this one is great for that this book also has a great twin peaks y vibe carly was murdered a year ago, her uncle has been jailed for the crime, but her cousin audrey daughter of convicted murderer and her ex boyfriend neily are unconvinced that he is actually guilty looking into her past, questioning people close to her at the end of her life, and reading her journal, they find out all kinds of sordid information about her that she kept very well hidden she s filled with secrets, like poor laura.overall, it is an incredibly rich book about guilt and betrayal, with complicated and generally unlikable characters it s hard to root for anyone in this book but in a good way with first person narratives, you want to see all the gritty nasty bits of a character when you can see into their souls, as it were, and you see only pretty shit, they come across as underdeveloped and unrealistic it is all out in the open here jealousy and malice and rage and judgment, but all tempered by good qualities like loyalty and love and good intentions it s the whole package characters you understand because they are neither squeaky clean teen detectives nor sordid antiheroes i thought they were really well drawn.now for the bad stuff the endingis not satisfying the whodunit is fine, but there is a showdown that was totally silly oh, dear too convenient by half.the epilogue was a big bowl of who cares and the part where we find out why carly dumped neily before her life started getting out of control was difficult to swallow the author covered her bases the decision was totally in keeping with the character of carly, as shown in one flashback in particular, but it still smacked of contrivance i can t accept that a teenage girl has that kind of perspective in a situation like that.i was one, and i had no clue what my motives were half the time overall it is a solid read i enjoyed the setting and the problems of this world it definitely held my interest, and i would classify it as a page turner, but one whose pages i would only turn once.come to my blog


  2. Reynje Reynje says:

    2.5 starsSuppose Season One of Veronica Mars and Rian Johnson s 2005 neo noir film Brick met in dark alley for a secret liaison, and the result was a book If you are anything like me, you d assume that book would be awesome, right It would be darkly toned, with hardboiled, gutsy characters and razor sharp dialogue wrapped around a tight, switch backing plot You wouldn t be able to put it down and the grit would be practically leaching off the pages onto your fingers Despite the clear poten 2.5 starsSuppose Season One of Veronica Mars and Rian Johnson s 2005 neo noir film Brick met in dark alley for a secret liaison, and the result was a book If you are anything like me, you d assume that book would be awesome, right It would be darkly toned, with hardboiled, gutsy characters and razor sharp dialogue wrapped around a tight, switch backing plot You wouldn t be able to put it down and the grit would be practically leaching off the pages onto your fingers Despite the clear potential, I m not sure that All Unquiet Things is that particular lovechild book Given the synopsis of Anna Jarzab s debut novel, I think it s fair to say that some readers would see similarities in terms of genre and themes between this book and the abovementioned television series and film From Jarzab s website All Unquiet Things centers around the murder of teen heiress Carly Ribelli, who was found shot to death a mile from her house in a wealthy Northern California suburb Carly s uncle, a dissolute alcoholic, was convicted of the crime, but a year later his daughter still doesn t believe her father is guilty Determined to prove his innocence, Audrey Ribelli contacts Carly s ex boyfriend, Neily Monroe, the boy who found Carly s body She is convinced that he knowsthan he thinks about the events that led up to Carly s death Despite Neily s initial reluctance, he and Audrey begin their investigation at the posh private school they attend, identifying prime suspects from among their spoiled classmates and digging up secrets about Carly s past to get to the truth behind her murder To her credit, Jarzab has crafted a reasonably tight murder mystery and the care she has taken with her plotting, clues and red herrings shows It s a structurally sound novel, so to speak, in that it works as a mystery and the details have been carefully thought out Information is revealed and withheld with precision in order to keep the story taut and well paced However, what All Unquiet Things packed in premise and potential, I feel it lacked somewhat in execution The story is told through the alternating perspectives of Audrey and Neily, and while this works for the purpose of the plot, I didn t find their respective voices to be particularly distinct For a large amount of the book, I felt that the two characters blurred into one as they were quite similar in tone, despite the fact that much was made of their difference in lifestyle and background It s possible that it was due to this lack of a distinctive quality to the narration that also I found the main characters difficult to emotionally engage with In fact, this story as a whole failed to resonate with me because I just didn t connect with the characters or their lives I kept reading the book out of interest as to how Jarzab would eventually show her hand and reveal the murderer, how she d pull off the denouement, rather than out of any real investment in Audrey, Neily or even Carly While I don t require that I like characters, I ll admit that my enjoyment of a book hinges largely on how compelling I find them I would say the attention to minutiae and plotting in the book, while absolutely necessary, also lends the story a slightly. methodical feel Rather than darkly atmospheric and gritty, making the most the noir aspects of the genre, the prose seemed slightly clinical Which makes for crisp reading, but not so much for vivid setting and ambiance, which I something I feel that this story could have really played up a lotthan it actually did Anna Jarzab s All Unquiet Things was well written, considered and carefully conceived I will definitely read her further work, as I believe Jarzab will go from strength to strength from her solid debut However, given the mostly unrealised potential for awesome view spoiler a fairly unscientific measure, I ll admit hide spoiler and the lack of investment I felt in the characters themselves, this wasn t off the charts for me in terms of reading enjoyment Edit I really like this cover Creep tastic


  3. Anna Anna says:

    Well, this is my book, so I think it s pretty great Hopefully soon other people will think so, too


  4. Eilonwy Eilonwy says:

    Carly Ribelli was murdered just before starting her junior year at exclusive Brighton High School just outside San Francisco, and her trouble making alcoholic uncle has been convicted for the crime A year later, Carly s old boyfriend Neily and her cousin Audrey, both beginning their senior year, find themselves obsessing over the murder and, in Audrey s case, determined to prove that someone other than her father is responsible They think someone at their school might have a better motive, and Carly Ribelli was murdered just before starting her junior year at exclusive Brighton High School just outside San Francisco, and her trouble making alcoholic uncle has been convicted for the crime A year later, Carly s old boyfriend Neily and her cousin Audrey, both beginning their senior year, find themselves obsessing over the murder and, in Audrey s case, determined to prove that someone other than her father is responsible They think someone at their school might have a better motive, and begin their own investigation, which eventually leads them into danger they never expected.The story is narrated by Neily short for Neiland and Audrey in alternating sections However, I really wish it were just written in third person, because I couldn t tell the two voices apart after Neily s first long bit, I had to keep looking at the top of the page to remember who was supposed to be writing The book was frustrating in other ways, too I never felt as if I really knew Carly, or even understood why Neily had been so in love with her There was a lack of intensity in the investigation and clue gathering which made me not really care who did it or why And when the murderer was finally revealed, it just didn t ring quite true to me, or maybe it just didn t feel like it mattered very much after all.I did think the writing was very good I liked both Neily and Audrey all right, although I didn t especially connect with either of them But overall, I just didn t enjoy this book as much as I hoped, and it s not one I can imagine ever particularly wanting to re read.I read it because one review I saw compared it to Veronica Mars, a TV show whose first season I thought was just brilliant, but this book had nothing of the intrigue and intensity that that show did However, people who don t have such high expectations might like this story better than I did.It didn t help that I hated this cover It is apparently Carly s dead arm and a bit of her face It really bothered me So, overall a disappointed meh from me on this one


  5. Emma Emma says:

    REVIEW BY GABRIELLA 9 2All Unquiet Things is a murder mystery with thriller elements incorporated throughout the story The plot focuses on the murder of college student Carly Ribelli Carly is found shot to death in Northern California Enzo, Carly s Uncle, who was an alcoholic was convicted of the crime However, one year later Audrey, the daughter of Enzo and cousin of Carly, turned up to school and is convinced that her father is innocent Determined to prove his innocence, Audrey contacts C REVIEW BY GABRIELLA 9 2All Unquiet Things is a murder mystery with thriller elements incorporated throughout the story The plot focuses on the murder of college student Carly Ribelli Carly is found shot to death in Northern California Enzo, Carly s Uncle, who was an alcoholic was convicted of the crime However, one year later Audrey, the daughter of Enzo and cousin of Carly, turned up to school and is convinced that her father is innocent Determined to prove his innocence, Audrey contacts Carly s ex boyfriend, Neily Monroe, who was also the person who found Carly s body.The story is told from the perspective of Neily Neily is a teenage boy who is in his senior year at Brighton day school college Neily s first friend, and girlfriend, was Carly Carly was sweet, smart and self destructive She knew dark secrets about the students of Brighton Secrets that got her killed.Everything was going smoothly for them both Until, when Carly s mother dies of cancer, unable to cope she started hanging out with the wrong crowd She started hanging around drug dealers Adam and Cas Neily began to think that that maybe Enzo wasn t so guilty after all So, Neily aids Audrey in his search to find the true killer in order to prevent an injustice occur, but their search forces them to face hard truths about themselves and the girl they failed to save.The plot of the story has a lot of twists that hold the reader s attention It is like a rollercoaster of thrills and excitement But who will the killer be and will the search be worthwhile REVIEW BY KATE YEAR 11 So many questions but nobody except Carly seemed capable of answering them Neily Monroe.Neily, one of Jarzab s central characters sets the scene for an engrossing, page turning murder mystery With a haunting, sinister murder plot and a disturbing pictorial book cover, Neily and Audrey narrate alternately the intricate twists and turns involved in their investigation of teenage heiress Carly s murder A murder that superficially appears to be financially motivated, camouflages the undeniable greed that permeates Empire Valley It is a valley where secrets are buried deeply and darkly, until the youths are prepared to talk As the title suggests, secrets are not secret.It is too convenient to convict Carly s uncle, who has been ravaged by life s alcohol and heroin ridden destructive habits Motivated by love, anger, hurt and humiliation, ex boyfriend Neily and Cousin Audrey, determinedly form an unlikely partnership and set about finding the true answer to the murder Using the two central characters, Jarzab invites the reader to second guess and point fingers at potential suspects, with utmost relish.Jarzab provides a highly relatable teen read, as Neily and Audrey are both pupils of Brighton Day School Set against the backdrop of wealthy Empire Valley, cardiothoracic surgeons, lawyers and Rhodes scholars scurry home to their palatial mansions at the end of their shifts Jarzab s novel isthan a murder investigation, it is an exploration of complex teen psyche, as they respond to these high flying parents pressurised expectations to be perfect, and desire to chart their futures.Jarzab also includes the traditional supporting characters the tough, good looking, top billing on the roster Adam, and popular, basketball playing Cass Both reflect the importance for teenagers of social mobility into the egocentric in crowd and the risks associated with what may not be the best crowd.Carly is portrayed as bright and smart, but vulnerable following her extremely painful loss It is inevitable that the magnetic attraction of the in crowd will recklessly develop Carly s affinity for life at the sharp edge a life with gutter junkies teetering on the brink of expulsion.A perfect novel for teens and young adults, encouraging them to pace the corridors of their minds, and search for answers about themselves and others


  6. Sarah Sarah says:

    All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab left me with very mixed feelings There were parts I really enjoyed but unfortunately, the characters left me cold.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 All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab left me with very mixed feelings There were parts I really enjoyed but unfortunately, the characters left me cold.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 Unfortunately, by books end well, ok beginning and middle I absolutely disliked Neily, Audrey, and Carly I just did not at all connect with their world of wealth and privilege I m sure the author intended for readers to sympathize with Neily in particular, but he just seemed like a whiny emo kid Not even the buildup of his friendship with Carly could save him for me Yes, I felt a small modicum of sympathy for him with the death of Carly, I d have to be heartless not to, but he seemed content to go on his way wallowing in self pity and sadness until Audrey started investigating the murder.And while I m sure the author wasn t trying to make this a big murder mystery, I found the real killer s identity to be easy to spot from the moment he was introduced I won t go into itbut the false clues and red herrings and obvious overpainting of another character as a bad guy were all signs that this was obviously not the killer.I don t even have much of an opinion of Audrey She seemed like a user and rather heartless herself I mean, she got back with the boyfriend who dumped her without a moment s thought when it was discovered that Audrey s dad killed Carly It was not at all believable to me that, even though she was a teenager, she would forgive something like that all that easily.I got kind of a Veronica Mars feel to this book and this may have been mentioned in another review I read but honestly, Veronica Mars was waykick butt than Neily and Audrey The entire cast of characters was rather unsympathetic and just seemed to exude this sense of ennui even as they were supposedly wallowing in grief.But there is good news I really, really enjoyed the writing style I mean, it fit the overemotional content of these characters, their boredom and seeming dramatization of their feelings Anna Jarzab has a beautiful writing style and I d love to see that put into action with a book with characters I could feel something besides dislike for.And, props for making me dislike the characters this much I mean, that takes talent too I know this book is in demand on my library there are several people waiting for when I return it tomorrow so hopefully those teens will relate better to the story than myself I usually have no problems relating to teen characters but this book did not leave me with a good feeling at story s end


  7. ~Tina~ ~Tina~ says:

    Those of you who know me, know that if it doesn t go bump in the night or have a goofy love story then I usually don t read it So reading a mystery is something new for me.With that said, I was surprised to discovery how intriguing reading a mystery could be All Unquiet Things was a thrilling book that held a lot of suspense and also a lot of heart.I was absorbed in this story and even though I m pretty good at seeing the outcome of books Anna Jarzab had me guessing right till the very end Sh Those of you who know me, know that if it doesn t go bump in the night or have a goofy love story then I usually don t read it So reading a mystery is something new for me.With that said, I was surprised to discovery how intriguing reading a mystery could be All Unquiet Things was a thrilling book that held a lot of suspense and also a lot of heart.I was absorbed in this story and even though I m pretty good at seeing the outcome of books Anna Jarzab had me guessing right till the very end Shockingly Brilliant The characters are so real and there story is extremely compelling with very raw emotions But what really hooked me in, was the way it was written Told from both Neily and Aubry s point of views and we even got a glimpse into what Carly was all about, Anna takes us on a eloquent and passionate tale of one girls tragic life that touched the people that she loved The writing was exceptionally powerful and fascinating I may not be one for mysteries but All Unquiet Things is a great start An Amazing Dubut


  8. i. i. says:

    It is indeed a mistake to confuse children with angels Douglas Coupland This quote at the beginning of the book made me curious, and I decided to give it a try.The book is easy to read but it is not about the easy life of some upper class teenagers but about the hardships they have to endure and the choices they make in life I wouldn t say it was entertaining because there is a lot of suffering involved but it was a nice break from dystopia and paranormal novels.www.theleisurediaries.blogs It is indeed a mistake to confuse children with angels Douglas Coupland This quote at the beginning of the book made me curious, and I decided to give it a try.The book is easy to read but it is not about the easy life of some upper class teenagers but about the hardships they have to endure and the choices they make in life I wouldn t say it was entertaining because there is a lot of suffering involved but it was a nice break from dystopia and paranormal novels.www.theleisurediaries.blogspot.com


  9. Mary Mary says:

    Carly was a sweet girl with a wonderful personality She was pretty and popular vivacious and funny She was as smart as a whip and knew everything about the privileged student body of the Brighton Day School As much as he still loves her, it s disturbing for Neily to see how much his girlfriend has changed she has begun running with a much faster crowd, and become extremely self destructive.When she suddenly dumps him for a notorious bad boy, Neily is devastated Bewildered and angered by Ca Carly was a sweet girl with a wonderful personality She was pretty and popular vivacious and funny She was as smart as a whip and knew everything about the privileged student body of the Brighton Day School As much as he still loves her, it s disturbing for Neily to see how much his girlfriend has changed she has begun running with a much faster crowd, and become extremely self destructive.When she suddenly dumps him for a notorious bad boy, Neily is devastated Bewildered and angered by Carly s strange behavior, he steadfastly doesn t answer the phone whenever she calls However, what initially seems like a typical teenage reaction to a difficult breakup, becomes tinged with sadness and regret after Carly is murdered Neily is ultimately wracked with grief and guilt for his own stubbornness.If he had answered the call she had made before she died, he may have been able to help her Now, he can t get the image of her lifeless body out of his mind Desperately hoping to assuage some of the guilt he feels about her death, Neily reluctantly teams up with Carly s cousin Audrey to find her killer After all, it is the last thing they can do to honor her memory.Audrey is dealing with her own regrets over her cousin s death She was the reason Carly got tangled up with Brighton s fast crowd in the first place, and she will have to live with the consequences of that decision on her conscience for the rest of her life Because Audrey is convinced of two things about Carly s death someone at Brighton is obviously a murderer, and the police have put the wrong person in jail So, she turns to Neily for help in finding Carly s killer.As Neily and Audrey begin to investigate their shared history with Carly, her dealings with Brighton s seedier elements come to light For the amateur sleuths, these are shocking revelations that lead them to wonder if Carly actually knew something that could have gotten her killed However, figuring out how Carly and her killer fit together into the twisted drama of Brighton s secretive world will force the reluctant allies to face some harsh truths about themselves and the girl they couldn t save.To be perfectly honest, I found some of the pettiness between the characters to be slightly annoying Having said that, I still enjoyed reading the book I would give this book a definite A


  10. Thomas Thomas says:

    All Unquiet Things rotates from the perspective of Neily and Audrey, two individuals greatly affected by the death of their close friend Carly Neily was Carly s ex boyfriend, and has been emotionally distraught ever since he lost her he was heartbroken because of their breakup, and his desolate feelings have intensified after her death Audrey, Carly s former best friend and cousin, used to belong to the popular crowd at Brighton But ever since her dad was jailed for murdering Carly, she has All Unquiet Things rotates from the perspective of Neily and Audrey, two individuals greatly affected by the death of their close friend Carly Neily was Carly s ex boyfriend, and has been emotionally distraught ever since he lost her he was heartbroken because of their breakup, and his desolate feelings have intensified after her death Audrey, Carly s former best friend and cousin, used to belong to the popular crowd at Brighton But ever since her dad was jailed for murdering Carly, she has been left feelingalone than ever By trying to salvage his reputation, she managed to tarnish her own These two former enemies come together to try to solve the mystery of Carly s murder and prove Audrey s father innocent.Jarzab s debut novel possesses a beautiful cover and title The strongest elements of the story were her writing and her characters The two went hand in hand, somewhat like Neily and Audrey later on Jarzab s writing flowed effortlessly it had this unique quality that made it seem as if the characters were real people readers knew Neily and Audrey were fully developed and by the end it seemed as if everything about them was brought full circle their hopes, weaknesses, strengths, etc In this regard, All Unquiet Things was one of the best books I have read in a while.There were two problems I had with the book One of them was that although the characters were perfectly realized and brought to life, they were not very likable It seemed that Jarzab sacrificed readers ability to empathize with Neily and Audrey so that they could be stronger overall Also, the ending was a bit anticlimactic.Besides having a few issues, All Unquiet Things was a fascinating story and enthralling mystery Recommended for whodunit fans