Book Review: Clarity by: Kim Harrington



Rating:
3.5/5

Publisher:
Point

Publish Date:
March 1, 2011

Origins:
Purchased

Format:
Hardcover

Order From: 
Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case - but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother, who has supernatural gifts of his own, becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

Review: Clarity (Clare) Fern comes from a family of psychics, the next generation in a proud, yet misunderstood, lineage. Clarity has the power of psychometry - she sees memories and past events by touching objects. Her brother, Perry, is a medium – he can facilitate communication with spirits who have messages to share. Also, her mother, Starla is a telepath – but she can only read the conscious thoughts of others.

Clare and her family offer psychic readings in their home and since they live in a tourist town, business is usually pretty good. However, Clare doesn’t feel like she’s ever fit in with the other locals. Of course, it doesn't help that her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, making her feel even more like an outcast.

This season’s different than the others – a tourist is murdered and everyone is scared. Justin, Clare’s ex, asked her to help discover who did this crime – off the record, of course. Clare jumps at the chance to feel useful and work with Gabriel, the uber-hot son of the police force’s newest detective.

Ms. Harrington has nailed the plot elements and I thought the characters were good, but I hope to see them fleshed out a little more in the next book. I’d also really love to see more in depth exploration of the Fern family’s psychic abilities. The dialogue is quick, witty, and at times, snarky – which I enjoyed! The story has a quick pace and was wrapped up neatly, yet still left enough questions to explore in the next book (which I’ll definitely pick up).

Clarity series: Clarity (1), Perception (2)

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