Book Review: The Shattering by: Karen Healey

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: September 5, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

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

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

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

Review: The Shattering is an eerie mix of murder, suicide, magic, and secrets. Keri just lost her brother when her former best friend tells her that he'd really been murdered - like her own brother. Working with a boy who also lost his brother, the three teenagers put together a dark pattern of death and sacrifice. Now they must race against time and faceless enemies to save another boy who fits the pattern.

Told via three points of view - Keri, Janna, and Sione - The Shattering is a wonderful story of the lengths people will go to in order to save something or someone they love and those same lengths to keep secrets. Magic abounds throughout the small and beautiful town of Summerton...yet at what cost? I really enjoyed this book with it's intrigue, action, and well-handled serious themes. Ms. Healey has a great way of writing that makes you think and feel as if you're part of the story. A definite must read!!

1 comment:

  1. This sounds really great! I have this one on my tbr shelf, I'll be picking it up soon!


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