[Image transcript: Three teenagers, a boy with black hair and medium-brown skin, a girl with blonde hair and pale skin, and a girl with light-brown skin and dark-brown hair, all dressed in jeans and casual tops, are running over a field of dying grass, their faces turned slightly away from the camera. They are partially silhouetted against the sun on the horizon, either rising or setting. What looks at first glance like a dark blue sky with clouds in the top third of the composition is actually an ocean with white wave patterns.] (Transcript from Karen Healey’s website.)
Well hello, long-neglected blog. I have been, and still am, very busy with work and my family (not to mention the first horrifically hot and now frustratingly frigid temperatures parts of the Midwest have swung between over the past few
months weeks days), but I wanted to tell you about this book. Oh, this book.
The Shattering is the book of my heart.
For full disclosure, Karen and I are friends and early readers of each other’s writing. I’ve read a couple different versions of The Shattering, and though I loved it from the very beginning, watching the way Karen developed it — watching the way Karen developed Keri, one of the main characters, the main character I adore most — was amazing. Reading this book while Karen wrote it got me through very frustrating and terrifying times. The arc she sent me arrived at a time when I desperately needed to see the dedication. (It is to me and it made me clutch the book to my chest when she surprised me with it.)
But this isn’t about me or my friendship with Karen. It is about this amazing, gorgeous, funny, slightly creepy book full of diverse characters I adore (none more than Keri, character of my heart) struggling to uncover secrets and solve mysteries and stop more people from dying, characters who are strong and weak in very different ways and yet always feel so real. It is about friendship and created family and how the desire to protect people can go so far astray. It is about thinking you’re prepared for anything and really being completely unprepared and pushing on despite that.
It is a story about three teens having supernatural adventures, and you should go buy it right now.
(I prefer the gorgeous New Zealand/Australia cover at the top of the page. The USA version, not so much. I will be buying one of each, because that is how much I love this book. Yes, one of each on top of the arc I already have. I may fill a shelf with this book, just so I have spare copies to give to people at any moment.)
Blurb: “If you want to find out who murdered your brother, follow me.”
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 a murder, not a suicide, Keri wants to believe her. After all, Janna’s brother died 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 shatter around them, can they save the next victim? Or will they become victims themselves?
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