Friday, August 12, 2011

Clarity by Kim Harrington

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?

I liked Clare's unique family. Each member had their own personality and voice. Each member also has some sort of "talent" like hearing other's thoughts, talking with ghosts, or, like Clare, seeing past secrets. 
I enjoyed Clare except her not forgiving her ex-boyfriend, but that worked out in the end which I was glad for because he moped around and had puppy eyes. It got a little old.
I liked her brother's best friend. 
I hate to say it, but I figured out the killer about half way through. 
I didn't care for the flippant way the older brother slept around. He admits to sticking with tourists because they leave town in a day or two and don't expect a long relationship. Wrong!
The situation of the three teens being put on a serial killer case was unrealistic. No adult in law enforcement would allow teenagers to be put in a dangerous situation.
I didn't know this was the first in a series or I wouldn't have broken my "don't read any trilogies until all the books are out!" rule. But it ended nicely and I could read the next book or leave it at the first...I'll leave it at the first.

Rating: PG 17 (max)
V: Yes. Murders
L: Yes, sprinkled through out
S: Brother sleeps with tons of girls, winkwink, nudgenudge.

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25% test (p. 61):
""Clare, this is Harry Spellman."
I sat straight up in the bed. Had I missed the meeting? I'd been up half the night worrying. I squinted at my digital clock. Not, it was only eight. "Good morning, Mr. Spellman."
"I wanted to thank you for coming to my office today to meet with Justin and Gabriel Toscano. I also wanted to apologize because I won't be at the meeting."
"No problem. You must be very busy."
"It's not that, Clare. I won't be involved in this part of the investigation at all. Justin will be acting on my behalf. Detective Tosacno's son, Gabriel, will be acting on his behalf. The three of you will need to work together on this."
Mr. Spellman was a nice man. While Justin and I had dated, his parents never seemed to mind my...idiosyncrasies. In fact, they belied in them. I wondered if that had changed. "You don't believe in me?" I asked.
"Of course I do. I always have." He paused for a moment then sighed. "I'll be honest with you, Clare. This is the first murder we've had in Eastport in many years. The townspeople are in a panic. They want to know the police are on the job--not teenagers, not our resident psychic. You know I respect and admire you and your family, but of I want to be re-elected, I need to keep myself out of any...questionable predicaments."
I sighed, too. It made perfect sense. "I understand."
"The same goes for Detective Toscano. He's busy running the formal investigating and he doesn't really buy into this. In fact, he's only allowing his son to work with you as a favor to me."

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