February 25, 2011

Clarity by Kim Harrington

Clarity by Kim Harrington
Published March 1st 2011
Hardcover, 242 pages
Reviewed from finished copy

Summary from Goodreads
When you can see things others can't, where do you look for the truth?
This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.
Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.
And a curse.
When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case--but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother--who has supernatural gifts of his own--becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

   This book was so engaging; I was hooked within the first few pages and kept reading until it was finished. Clarity and her family are labelled as frauds/ and freaks by those who doubt and misunderstand their abilities which seems to be everyone. After a murder occurs Clarity becomes involved in solving the case in order to protect her brother.

The storyline was perfectly paced; lots of twists and turns and the characters were very well developed. Clarity is someone I would have been friends with in high school. Psychic ability aside, she's witty, sarcastic (Skanky McSkankbag-was one of my favourite lines) and stands up for herself and those she loves. I think this book has wide appeal for a YA book; contemporary with a little paranormal flare. It’s a wonderful debut for Kim Harrington. Highly recommended.

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