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All Unquiet Things

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,634 ratings  ·  375 reviews
A riveting thriller set at a California prep school!

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 ima
ebook, 352 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Delacorte Press (first published December 18th 2009)
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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
I think there is nothing sadder than a book that has a beautiful cover and is not so great on the inside. Seriously, it bums me out. Whenever I see a book that is GORGEOUS to look at, I expect it to be GORGEOUS to read. I have been disappointed in this regard many, many times.

This, however, was not one of those times.

All Unquiet Lives up to its cover and goes so far to SURPASS it.

(Seriously, that's a really gorgeous cover. It's kind of like a beautiful lie. Look at it once, there's a pretty gi
2.5 stars

Suppose 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
Mar 17, 2014 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, this is my book, so I think it's pretty great. Hopefully soon other people will think so, too!

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
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
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 ...more
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 is a complex book; a murder mystery with two narrators and multiple flashbacks. It would be easy to get lost or thrown out of the story. I never was though because past and present and Neily and Audrey's distinct voices are so skillfully weaved together.

Although this is a mystery the real heart of the story is in the relationships. My favourite being Neily and Carly's. I loved the flashbacks where we got to see their relationship develop. You could really feel why they were at
Elizabeth Scott
This book is so beautifully written it took my breath away. All Unquiet Things is about Neily and Audrey and Carly. Neily was once Carly's boyfriend, and Audrey was her best friend.

Carly was murdered, and Neily and Audrey team up--very reluctantly--to find out what really happened the night she died because it turns out that Carly knew things--and those things may have been what gotten her killed.

Told in alternating sections by Neily and Audrey, we not only see how things are, but how things wer
Not bad mystery, though not that good a one, either. At least not good if you like your dialogue somewhat believable, or your main characters somewhat likeable. These weren't very likeable, and they weren't particularly credible as detectives, either. TSTL came near to being true in a literal sense more than once or twice, unfortunately. On the other hand, I was very happy to have been able to borrow the audiobook from the library, filling a gap while trying to decide what to use my monthly Audi ...more
Lea (YA Book Queen)
All Unquiet Things is intriguing, mysterious, and downright shocking.

The novel is split into four parts, and an epilogue. Neily narrates Parts 1, 3, and the epilogue, leaving Audrey to narrate Parts 2 and 4. At the end of Neily's first narration, I was initially worried that I wouldn't enjoy Audrey's voice as much, or that I would get confused, but the transition was easy and enjoyable.

It took me a few chapters to adjust to Neily's voice, but I grew to enjoy his sarcasm. He's still really hurtin
I enjoyed reading this book, and it was a nice change for me from all the paranormal YA I've been reading lately. Jarzab does a great job of creating a suspenseful mystery that will really capture your heart. The story deals with tough issues and deals with them boldly and bravely: personal loss, teen drug use, depression and different kinds of abuse (whether it's inflicted by ourselves of others). Since Carly was silenced by death, there is no one to speak up for her and no one that knows the t ...more
Lately it's rare to find such a remarkably well-written YA novel. With at the so-so written YA novels in shelves, ALL UNQUIET THINGS is sure to stand out.

The voices of the two main characters—Neily and Aubrey—are so strong and so realistically portrayed that I found myself reading their story well into the night. While their voices are a bit familiar that you need to check whose part it is, their narration really sucks you in. Their grief, frustrations, anger, and their other feelings just leapt
The four main elements of this book are- murder mystery-friendship-betrayal-loss.....

This is weird , I have never started a book after leaving it TWICE ...

Yeah I started it reading few months ago, read 20 pages .. didnt continue ... again picked it up, read 33 pages ... left ...

Suddenly ,three nights before , I got reminded of this book ... and I completed it & even enjoyed it.

I guess the beginning is bit confusing , but as soon as you grab the story , you are hooked on it till the end ...

I'd like to give this more stars, but I can't - for lots of reasons. First, while Jarzab's writing is very good, at times I found it to be stilted, uneven and a bit over the top - especially the dialog. Perhaps it was because I listened to this as an audio book, but the writing was terribly uneven in parts - uncharacteristically deep and too dramatic for eighth, ninth and tenth graders at one moment and then stunningly accurate teen-age language. The disparity was bothersome. While I like the du ...more
I'm surprised this book has such a high rating. I get that the suspense or the whodunit aspect is appealing, but seriously, the story was all over the place! It's broken up into parts told from two different perspectives - one from the dead girl's ex-boyfriend, and the other from the dead girl's cousin. The first two parts go from present to various past times, like "eighth grade fall semester" or "freshman year spring semester", but all out of order. Who can keep track? After a while I didn't e ...more
Jarzab has a way with words -- her prose is sharp and evocative. The nuances of her characters and their experiences make them seem real, almost as if you are in the room with them, as if you have known them (or someone uncannily like them) all your life.

I was sucked in by the mystery. Unfortunately the pacing was slow for me. The further I got in to the story it seemed the less I knew. The less I knew, the less I cared. In the end it seemed I barely cared at all yet I soldiered on (through grea
Erica Alyson
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.

The author must be familiar with the setting. I have lived in San Ramon, Ca 25 years and her facts about the bay area and surrounding are accurate. I love it! I had so much fun reading this book.

I don't want to give much away about the story since it is a mystery. I suspected the person who committed the murder a few times, but I also suspected many others so it kep
There's the elite prep school. Then there are the elite kids within the elite prep school, and one of their members is shot when she gets too close to secrets best left uncovered. Someone was tried and convicted, but Audrey, the dead girl's cousin, is not convinced they got the right man. She's determined to work with her cousin's ex-boyfriend to find the real killer, and yet, this is easier said than done in an exclusive high school society where one wrong move could mean getting run off the ro ...more
Books are TARDIS
“What's gone and what's past help, should be past grief.”

The main character's voices in the novel are mayhap too mature for their provided age group. But I didn't necessarily see this as a short coming in the writing, it was rather refreshing. Also, one can easily argue that the MCs have been through the crucible, they have gone through such personal hell, that no wonder they don't sound like your average teen.

I was hooked to the whodunnit mystery till the very end. The story is complex and fi
All Unquiet Things is one of the most beautifully written books that I have ever read. It was haunting and tragic but somehow so full of hope. It's hard to believe that this is Anna Jarzab's debut novel.

Neilly Monroe and Audrey Ribelli are both grieving for Carly Ribelli. They both loved her but in very different ways. For some reason, Carly's death still haunts Neilly. Her killer is behind bars so why does he feel as if he is missing something? Audrey knows what he is missing. Her dad may be in
Diane Ferbrache
Neily’s life will never be the same – last year he found the body of his murdered girlfriend, and now her cousin wants him to help her find the real killer. This is a well-crafted mystery told in Neily’s and Audrey’s alternating voices. Readers are shifted back and forth in time between freshman year where Neily and Carly first get together to senior year when Audrey returns to town determined to prove that her father didn’t murder Carly. There are twists and turns in the plot that keep the rea ...more
Anna Jarzab’s first novel All Unquiet Things is mature and thoughtful. Kirkus called it “a sophisticated teen mystery.” It’s actually hard to believe that this book is written for young adult readers; its prose, while not exactly sophisticated, is a cut above many other books published for young readers.

It was the end of summer, when the hills were bone dry and brown; the sun beating down and shimmering off the pavement was enough to give you heatstroke. One winter came, Empire Valley would be c
This is probably one of the most unusual books I've ever read. Very original. Not my cup of tea though..

When I started reading, I didn't think it was very good-actually, I thought it sucked- but once I got to the second part (the book has four parts and an epilogue, alternating between Neily's and Audrey's POV) I was blown away because even though I had just read the first paragraph, I already knew it was a different character, and I would have known it even if it weren't written "Part Two: Audr
I devoured this book. I haven’t read a book like this since I read 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher at the beginning of the year. I love mystery books, I love sitting there and putting the pieces of the puzzle that the author has strategically placed together. I always think I have something going and then there is always some sort of fork or new twist and that’s probably why I enjoy mysteries so much.

I’ve seen a lot of talk about this book being written from 2 different perspectives and some people
All Unquiet Things is Anna Jarzab's debut novel. And she is off to a phenomenal start.
I read this book in one day; I just couldn't put it down.

To start, the cover is one that pulls you in right away. A pretty, young girl is lying in the grass on a sunny day. But if you look very closely at her pale skin and at the unfocused, eerie look in her eye, you can see that she's dead.

You know from the way beginning that Carly was murdered. The killer was found and put in jail. But Neily and Audrey (her
All Unquiet Things isn't just a murder mystery; it is an exploration of the complications of love and friendship as well as the emotional ramifications of lies, betrayal, and loss.

The narration alternates between the perspectives of Neily and Audrey, but not so often that the reader doesn't get to know each character. I felt like I was given enough time to really get into their heads and understand their lives.

Out of the two narrators, I liked Neily the best. Though sarcastic and self-deprecatin
So, how about that ending?

One day, I went to the library and picked this book up because the blurb mentioned that it was a psychological suspense novel. I'm a huge fan of psychological suspense. It's one of my favourite genres. So I picked it up and read it, without reading any reviews about this. The cover is gorgeous and haunting and the blurb sold me.

Once I finished the novel, the only thing going through my head was this. The ending was rushed and was incredibly unsatisfying. I didn't figure
Lisa Nocita
Carly, a young, wealthy high school student, is found murdered, shot in cold blood four times. Audrey's father, Carly's best friend and cousin, has been convicted of the crime. In the aftermath, Neily, Carley's ex, who found her body, and Audrey struggle find some resolution and peace in a world that has been turned topsy turvy. Audrey's father is an alcoholic and ne'er do well. He is a convenient fall guy on which to pin the murder. He had motive, opportunity, and no alibi for the night of the ...more
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Anna Jarzab is the author of All Unquiet Things, The Opposite of Hallelujah, Tandem and Tether (March 2015). She lives in New York City and works in children's book publishing. Visit her online at, connect with her on Twitter @ajarzab, on Tumblr at, and on Facebook at
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“How many people are we going to lose before the universe decides we've had enough?" Carly asked me. I didn't answer, but if I had known what was coming I would have said, "All of them.” 9 likes
“My mouth hung slightly open, i was getting ready to sat something important. what i wanted to say was: I's so, so sorry. but instead I said, "i love you." Only then, when i said it out loud, did i know that it was true.
Carly threaded her fingers through mine and i squeezed her hand. She said it back to me, and i was relieved in a way that i wasn't expecting. i didn't know that i needed her to say it until she did. i was so grateful; i leaned down and kissed her fearlessly, which was unlike me. When she kissed me back, i brought my hand up and cupped the nape of her neck, pulling her hair with clumsy fingers. i tried to back off, to apologize for hurting her, but she kept me close, kissing me softly at first, then hard and fast until the lines between us blurred.”
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