Friday, March 25, 2011

Clarity




Clarity
Author Kim Harrington
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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?

Review:  Clarity is a paranormal Nancy Drew accompanied by a cast of Scooby Doo-like meddling kids.  This just might be the book that gets teens on the younger side reading more.  Clean and easy, the narrative sails along carried by a plucky main character and set against a New England backdrop. Although the synopsis promises lust and revenge, the context is fairly PJ.  However, just because its a teen read don't think you'll have it all figured out early.  Several twists and new information about the case is presented along the way and will have a reader changing their mind about who the killer really is.  Also, Harrington masterfully ties up this mystery and doesn't leave the reader hanging, but a few things are left open, which leads to the belief this is just the beginning.  The reader will be satisfied, and wanting more, namely when it comes to Gabriel and Justin.  Clarity is perfectly executed with a delightful set up to a sequel.  I have a feeling there is more in store for Miss Clarity Fern.  Absolutely loved the cozy Cape Cod mystery and can't wait for the next book by this debut author. 
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* ARC courtesy of Scholastic Point for Amazon Vine Review

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