Title: All Unquiet Things
Author: Anna Jarzab
Release Date: January 12, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Teen/YA, Mystery
Source: Amazon Vine
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Neily and Audrey are outcasts at their school due to their association with Carly, a beautiful girl who got into the “in” crowd over her head and ended up murdered. Niely was Carly’s ex-boyfriend, and many suspect that he killed her in a jealous rage because she’d left him a few months previously for someone else. Audrey is Carly’s cousin, and her father is in jail, accused of Carly’s murder. However, both Audrey and Niely know that the situation isn’t what it seems, and that Carly’s murderer is still out there. Brought together by someone they both loved, they begin to investigate Carly’s murder.
All Unquiet Things is at once an amazing murder mystery and an excellently written YA novel. The two main characters, Niely and Audrey are very convincingly written; Jarzab did an excellent job getting into the minds of these two teens. Niely is broken up about Carly’s death and hasn’t been able to come to terms with it. On one hand, he loved her with all his heart – she brought him out of his shell and made him feel like he was someone. But he’s still angry with her for the way she treated him, and for the fact that she’s gone and they can never have a future together. He’s a complicated kid, but is never overwrought by teenage angst. He has his moments, but is able to reign in his anger and frustration in order to focus on the mystery of Carly’s killer. He’s completely believable, yet not difficult or annoying to read about.
Audrey was a wonderful character as well, and even more messed up than Niely – after all, her father was convicted of killing her best friend and cousin. Like Niely, Audrey puts aside her personal feelings in order to get some answers, but she can’t help but think about her ex-boyfriend, Cass. Despite the fact that he abandoned her when things got tough, she still loves him.
The mystery in All Unquiet Things was really well done. I can say for certain that it did not go the way I expected. It kept me hooked from beginning to end, through twists and turns. I loved the way it was written and how I couldn’t put it down until I got to the ending.
All Unquiet Things is a book I recommend for both mystery lovers and YA readers. The mystery is well-done, the characters are compelling, and the story is excellent. This is one I can’t praise highly enough.