August 24th, 2011


Review: Karen Healey's The Shattering -- Grand Guignol goes to the Beach.

Title: The Shattering
Author: Karen Healey ([personal profile] karenhealey)
Genre: Young Adult Horror, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult
How I got it: folks, I popped my NetGalley cherry for this book. The moment I heard it was available I went running. I regret nothing, etc etc.
Where to buy it: The publish date in the US is 9/5/11, but you can order it from from your local independent bookstore or the book depository!

Disclaimer: I got to meet Karen Healey last year and was even fortunate enough to be on a panel with her and [personal profile] jlh at Infinitus. I already thought she was awesome beyond words before I met her, so I am pretty much a lifelong fan of her and her writing. I will try to be objective in this review, but no promises. Really you could just stop reading this right now, because all you need to know is: if the author is Karen Healey, BUY THE BOOK.

In a nutshell: You're about to find out why it never rains in Summerton.

Straight from the book jacket: 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?


Do the characters make you want to rip your own face off? No, no, not ever, not once. There's nothing better than sitting down with a book that you know is going to give you fully realized, three-dimensional characters, a diverse cast, and complex dynamics.

Okay, I actually have to put the rest of this review below the cut because it's long eta: and, i have been informed, super-spoilery!!! be warned!. But there are many pictures of West Coast New Zealand below to entice you!

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