Friday, July 1, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: The Shattering

Title: The Shattering

Author: Karen Healey
Publisher: Allen & Unwin

RRP: $17.99

ISBN: 9781741758818

Release Date: July 2011

Pages: 324


Keri, Janna and Sione have two things in common: they each have an older brother who committed suicide, and they each have a connection with Summerton. As the three teenagers delve deeper into the mystery they uncover secrets that will shatter everything they thought they knew.


I had a plan for what to do if a member of my family was murdered. It went: 1) Find the killer. 2) Make sure they were guilty. 3) Destroy them. Completely.

Summerton is perfect: gorgeous weather, stunning scenery, cute out-of-towners to hook up with. But sharp-tongued Keri is immune to her hometown's charms. Her older brother's sudden death has left her shattered by grief and with too many unanswered questions. When Keri discovers that childhood friend turned rock-chick Janna and seriously smart rich-boy Sione have also lost brothers in unusual circumstances, she begins to suspect that sunny Summerton holds some very dark secrets. As the three investigate, the answers they uncover become more and more frightening. Can the teenagers save Summerton's next victim? Or will they succumb themselves to its strange summer magic?


Karen Healey, a New Zealander living in Australia, is the author of the critically acclaimed Guardian of the Dead . She likes sundresses, researching world-ending apocalyptic scenarios, and books about lady spies. She doesn't like library fines.


THE SHATTERING is the second novel written by author Karen Healey. Healey is a Kiwi, so it is no surprise that her main character, Keri, a teen living in the West Coast town of Summerton in New Zealand's South Island, is also a Kiwi. Keri recently lost her brother to suicide and is still grieving, as are her parents. With the funeral over, Keri still doesn't understand why her brother killed himself. Nobody can figure it out. There was no note, no warning and Keri is having a hard time believing that he would do such a thing. He just shot himself one day and Keri found his body.

Enter Janna and Sione, who've also lost their brothers to the mysterious and out-of-the-blue suicides. When Janna suggests the suicides have a connection, it's up to the three friends to work out who the killer is or rather what the killer is up to and who is going to be next.

The story really kicks off from here and continues at a page turning speed until the resolution in the last chapter.

Great read.

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