Publisher: Allen & Unwin
If you want to find out who
murdered your brother, come with me.
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 her 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 investiage, 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?
Before I start, I want to say a BIG thank you to Allen & Unwin for sending me a copy of this wonderful book! Two books from them within two weeks . . . bless you! *dances* Anyway, THE SHATTERING is the second novel written by Kiwi author Karen Healey, who lives in Australia. Love Australian authors who write fantastic reads! It's not a sequel to her debut novel Guardians of the Dead (a book I was a huge fan of by the way), but it's a damn right interesting story that holds your interest until the very end!
Keri, a teen living in the West Coast town of Summerton in New Zealand's South Island, 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 . . . It's a no brainer why she's so confused! He just shot himself one day and Keri found his body. But then there's Janna and Sione - two other characters you will soon meet - 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 in their town.
When this "connection" develops into something a lot more the kids were expecting, there's obviously something strange going on within the town. And it's not what you first think. The town used to rain and rarely attract tourists . . . but for some reason it has been great for one day and then it's perfect for many years since that one day - all happening since the boys started killing themselves. Ever since the suicides Summerton is the best place to go as it's now attracting so much attention and not to mention there's a lot of tourist visits (yes, now there's TOURISTS!). The question here is: Why? Janna - Keri's childhood friend - tends to think it has something to do with the supernatural kind, someone that could be responsible for this town's perfection and for the suicides . . . whether she's right or not, readers will have to read and find out for themselves! But I can definitely say readers will be surprised about what will happen throughout the book. No spoilers from me I'm afraid. ;)
Out of everything I've read, what I loved most about THE SHATTERING is how Karen Healey explored some tough teen issues - from suicide to plain old grief - and she dealt with everything perfectly, and she really knew how to nail it! I also loved the fact that the author spilt the book into three different peoples' perspectives because it gave the book more depth about what was going on in each one of their lives and it came together very nicely. Even though I didn't really like Janna's perspective as much as I loved the other two characters and how I wished Keri and Sione got together (but that of course didn't happen thanks to a nice discovery about Keri), but it was still a fun standalone book. Probably one of the best books as I'm not much of a standalone kind of gal. So, if you liked Karen Healey's first novel Guardian of the Dead or if you haven't read the book yet . . . then you should definitely give this one a try!