Saturday, December 31, 2011

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?

I think that the concept of this book was interesting but what messed it up for me were the multiple points of view. When writing from the point of view of several characters I think they have to be interesting in order to engage the reader. Unfortunately I didn’t like Sione or Janna’s point of view. I did like Keri a lot. I wanted to keep reading about her and less of the other characters. The book wasn’t all bad. The writing is beautiful and the way Healey describes Summerton is amazing. The Shattering had its moments but not enough of them to keep me wanting to read it in one sitting.

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