All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarab
Carly has been dead for a year. Her ex-boyfriend Neily found her shot to death on the bridge where they often met. Her uncle, Enzo Ribelli, was found guilty of her murder. As an unfit father and an alcoholic, Enzo was quickly tried and convicted of Carly’s murder. Though a year has gone by, Enzo’s daughter Audrey (Carly’s cousin and seemingly best friend), can’t move on. Audrey is convinced that her father could not have killed Carly. Audrey is determined to find the real killer and approaches Neily for help.
Since finding Carly’s body on the bridge, Neily’s life has been unwinding. He no longer sleeps due to nightmares and he has allowed he perfect grades to fall. Though Neily and Carly had a terrible breakup, Neily knew that Carly was different from other girls and he held onto the hope that one day Carly would come back to him. Now that she’s dead, Neily can’t move on and is stuck dwelling on the death of Carly and what that means for him.
Told in alternating viewpoints of Audrey and Neily, this novel delves deep into each character and what connected them to Carly. Jarzab weaves a great mystery here, told at just the right pace to keep you guessing until the killer is revealed. Jarzab also tells the stories from different time periods. You read about what is happening during the current day (Audrey and Neily’s senior year), but you also jump back in time to important moments–like to eighth grade when Neily and Carly first met. Slowly these flashbacks reveal more and more about Carly and her murder.
I really enjoyed All Unquiet Things. The mystery told here was very intriguing. Sometimes books in alternating viewpoints are not appealing to me, but the way that Jarzab wrote All Unquiet Thingsmade it very easy to follow. Even though everyone is a suspect in this novel, I also really liked the characters of Neily and Audrey and the way their non-romantic relationship develops. The ending is very satisfying, as the truth about Carly’s murder is revealed in a way that is surprising but also plausible. Pick this book up if you are looking for an excellent mystery to devour.