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All Unquiet Thingsby Anna Jarzab
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Carly: She was sweet. Smart. Self-destructive. She knew the secrets of Brighton Day Schools most privileged students. Secrets that got her killed.
Neily: Dumped by Carly for a notorious bad boy, Neily didnt answer the phone call she made before she died. If he had, maybe he could have helped her. Now he cant get the image of her lifeless body out of his mind.
Audrey: Shes the reason Carly got tangled up with Brightons fast crowd in the first place, and now she regrets it—especially since shes 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 Brightons 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 couldnt save.
"Jarzab's strong debut tracks teenage Neily and Audrey's investigation of the murder of 16-year-old Carly — Audrey's cousin and Neily's ex — in an affluent San Francisco suburb one year after Audrey's father is convicted of the crime. Neily is a bright, cynical senior at Brighton Day School; bitter after being dumped by Carly, he didn't return her calls on the night of her death and still blames himself. Audrey, who has returned to Brighton after 'a self-imposed exile,' badgers Neily into helping clear her father's name ('I can tell that behind that weak Holden Caulfield affectation is a spongy, leaking heart desperate for some sort of closure'). The story shifts between Neily and Audrey's points of view, but only a few times, letting readers sink into each character's mindset — painful, unhealed wounds are evident underneath both Neily's clinical, sarcastic exterior and Audrey's more open, confident manner. It's a slow-building, slow-burning mystery — Jarzab is as interested in probing Neily and Audrey's emotional states and the ramifications of Carly's murder as she is in solving it — but the author's confident, literary prose makes for a tense and immersive thriller. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Anna Jarzab grew up entirely in the suburbs, first outside Chicago and then in San Franciscos East Bay area, where All Unquiet Things is set. She currently lives in New York City. This is her first novel. Visit her online at www.annajarzab.com.
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