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The Shattering by Karen Healy

10757830The Shattering
Karen Healy
Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
2011 Recorded Books
ISBN – 9781461842224
Genre –Mystery
Age – High School
3.3 Stars
Kerri is an obsessive planner. Any situation good or bad for which she can conceive she has a plan. But at seventeen years old she finds her brother’s body after he committed suicide. Needless to say, she had no plan for this situation. A few days later her childhood friend Jana tells her that it was not suicide, but murder, and he is not the only brother who has been murdered. Kerri, Janna, and another friend Sione all had brothers whose deaths were ruled suicide, but they suspect foul play. As the three start to investigate, they find disturbing patterns. One boy is killed every year, never from the same place, all older brothers, and they all spent New Years in the small tourist town of Summerton. None left any notes or warning that suicide was on their mind. As the facts build up, they realize their small town is nothing like they thought.

I liked this book, not loved but liked. At first I felt like the book was going to be very down and heavy the entire time based on the subject at hand. However, this is not the case. Healy somehow managed to give a slightly light hearted feel to a really dark topic. The characters were fun, and all very different. I appreciated that they all had their own personality, and their own attitudes. It made for some pretty juxtaposed interactions. This became particularly important as each chapter was written from the different perspectives of Kerri, Janna, and Sione. I also want to mention that the audiobook was done well, and I felt like a lot of the value of the book came from the format. The narrator, Saskia Maarleveld, has a great New Zealand Accent, as the book is set in New Zealand. Her voices are pretty good, except it was hard to tell the difference between Kerri and Jana which is a bit of a bummer because they are two of the main characters. Overall, it kept me entertained on my long daily commute!

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