Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Book Review: The Shattering by Karen Healey

Seventeen-year-old Keri likes to plan for every possibility. She knows what to do if you break an arm, or get caught in an earthquake or fire. But she wasn't prepared for her brother's suicide, and his death has left her shattered with grief. When her childhood friend Janna tells her it was murder, not suicide, Keri wants to believe her. After all, Janna's brother died under similar circumstances years ago, and Janna insists a visiting tourist, Sione, who also lost a brother to apparent suicide that year, has helped her find some answers.

As the three dig deeper, disturbing facts begin to pile up: one boy killed every year; all older brothers; all had spent New Year's Eve in the idyllic town of Summerton. But when their search for the serial killer takes an unexpected turn, suspicion is cast on those they trust the most.

As secrets shatter around them, can they save the next victim? Or will they become victims themselves?

The Shattering is a fairly interesting paranormal young adult novel.  The three friends, each having lost an older brother to suicide, begin to investigate similar suicides in their search for a serial killer. 

The plot twists in this story weren't really twisty enough.  I found things fairly easy to predict, but I did enjoy the relationship between Keri, Janna, and Sione.  The author, Karen Healey, did a nice job showing them grow closer as they investigated and helped each other out of tough situations.

This book should appeal to younger adults and perhaps any adult who has an addiction to all things paranormal.

*Disclaimer:  I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review.

I give this book 3 Bookworms.

Reading level:  Young Adult
Hardcover:  320 pages
Publisher:  Little Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 5, 2011)
ISBN-10:  0316125725
ISBN-13:  978-0316125727

Ebook:  481KB
Sold by:  Hachette Book Group

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