Review: The Shattering
Aug • 16 • 2011
Title: The Shattering
Genre: Young Adult-Suspense/Thriller
Author: Karen Healey
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 5, 2011
“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 was super excited for this book and delighted when I got it on Netgalley. Although the book started off good for me, it slowly went down and was disappointed in the end.
I loved the beginning of the book. This town plague my myterious suscides that no one thought the people would commit, Keri and her friends are determined to fine out what is really going on. I loved Keri and the other characters. They weren’t afraid to ask questions. To go places where they needed to go. They followed patterns of deaths and became excellent investigators. I am impressed how quickly these three were and how good they handled it all.
The plot line of the book is what I didn’t enjoy. The problem for me with this book is that even though is started off great with the mysterious death, patterns and whatnot, I just did not like the way it ended. I was hoping for more. A surprise or such, but nothing what I thought. I am extremely disappointed in myself that I could not like it more. But this book is simply not what I thought.
The writing is good, along with the development of the characters. I enjoyed watching them learn, grow and become closer friends then ever.
I give it 3 BITES!