Author: Kim Harrington
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Clarity (Book 1)
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 256 Pages
ISBN-10: 9780545230506 (Scholastic/Point)
ISBN-13: 978-0545230506 (Scholastic/Point)
Synopsis (Product Description):
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?
Quick & Dirty: This wonderful book will keep readers engaged with a carefully crafted plot that seamlessly weaves mystery, suspense and the supernatural.
Opening Sentence: “You don’t want to kill me,” I said.
Excerpt: Chapter 1 & 2
Clarity (Clare) and her family have special abilities. Unfortunately, this doesn’t make Clare part of the cool crowd. Clare is a psychic, while her mother is a telepath and her brother is a medium. The local townies may think that Clare and her family are freaks, but tourists love the services that her family provides. Clare’s family relies on tourists to keep their family business going and to survive financially. Using their special abilities, the Fern family entertains tourists with readings. On a hot summer night, the peaceful town of Eastport soon finds itself faced with a murder mystery. With little clues to go on, Clare is asked to use her psychic abilities to help solve the crime. As if working with Gabriel, the son of the new police chief wasn’t difficult enough, Clare has to worry about the prime murder suspect — her brother, Perry. Clare diligently works to catch a killer and clear Perry’s name.
I had a lot of fun reading this book. In fact, I read this book with a smile on my face. I immediately took a liking to Clare. She’s really your average teenager struggling through her high school years. It does bother Clare that people judge her without getting to know her, but she takes her unique ability in stride. Clare is smart, funny, responsible, and above all else grounded. She has a good head on her shoulders and she thinks her way through tough situations.
Clare’s romantic life isn’t exactly dreamy. She’s still struggling with how to handle Justin, her ex-boyfriend. Justin realizes that he’s made some mistakes, but he wants a second chance to redeem himself and possibly reignite their relationship. After his betrayal, Clare isn’t sure that she wants to give him a second chance. Gabriel is the new kid in town and also happens to be the new police detective’s son. He’s skeptical of Clare’s ability and isn’t exactly a gentleman. Even though he treats her poorly sometimes, he can’t stop developing feelings for her.
Don’t let the slim size of this novel fool you. Ms. Harrington packs a lot punch, not wasting any of the pages on filler. On the contrary, there’s a fair amount of depth. Clarity is an exciting read with a gripping mystery plot and compelling characters. The subtle romance is filled with realistic characters, dealing with real life situations, making it a story with which readers will easily identify.
Overall, Clarity is a very enjoyable read with perfect pacing, enjoyable characters and a breathless summer romance. The mystery isn’t easy to figure out and the story is full of suspense and supernatural elements. It’s a blockbuster combination that shouldn’t be missed.
My mind screamed at myself to turn away, look away, run away, but my muscles wouldn’t comply. I could only stare. It was a female, her face covered in seaweed. She wore jean shorts and a T-shirt. Where her skin showed, her body was discolored and bloated. I needed to know who she was. While everyone else stood and stared, I knelt onto the sand and reached forward to slide the seaweed off her face.
I’m sitting on the beach, staring at the black expanse of the ocean. It must be the middle of the night because it’s dark and deserted. But I sense movement. I turn around and see a shadow. Someone’s coming toward me.
“Hello,” I call out.
Whoever it is doesn’t answer, but speeds up, coming at me with determination. I’m suddenly scared. A trickle of sweat slips down my back.
My instincts kick in. I leap up and run for the boardwalk. I risk a glance over my shoulder. The shadow is charging after me. Getting closer. The stairs are too far away; I’ll never make it. I dash under the boardwalk, hoping to become invisible in the darkness.
The shadow enters. I creep farther down. It’s like a sick game of hide-and-seek. My breathing is harsh and ragged. It’s too loud; it’s going to give me away. I try to hold my breath, but I’m too terrified.
After a few moments, I glance left and right, but can’t find the shadow. Did the person give up? I start to feel like it’s over, and then arms grab me from behind, hands wrap around my neck. I can’t breathe —
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