By: Kim Harrington
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Mystery
Publisher: Point Books (March 1st, 2011)
My Copy: Early Review Galley from Publisher
About the book:
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?
Kim Harrington created a suspenseful murder mystery mixed with a paranormal twist in Clarity. Clare is a very normal young girl that just happens to have a whole family with gifts. Cape Cod may be a unique town, but they like anyone else are scared of the unknown. Clare and her family offer the unknown with their various psychic abilities. As a result her family is shunned and out casted for their profession and talents. Harrington takes readers along on this young girls journey of self discovery and mystery. When Clare is asked by the Mayor’s son, which also happens to be her ex boyfriend, if she will assist unofficially in a murder mystery she discovers that everyone has their own secrets, and some are bigger and darker than others. Surprisingly, unlike what I have come to expect in the young adult genre the sexual content in this novel was a little more open than what would have been expected, but overall it felt neccessary to the storyline. Clarity is a very fast pace story that readers will slide through effortlessly,and find entertainment from beginning to end. Harrington’s conclusion may offer readers and ending for the mystery, but will leave readers guessing as to the future for the main character and her family. Which left me curious as to if this was potentially a sequel candidate, but at this time I see nothing to lead me to believe there would be. If you are looking for a light and easy this is one to check out.