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Review: Clarity by Kim Harrington

Clarity by Kim Harrington
Published by Scholastic
Challenge: DAC
Source: Purchased in Foyles


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?


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Clarity is an awesome debut offering from Kim Harrington. I whizzed through it in a matter of hours and was totally hooked throughout.

Clarity is a teenage psychic who has been asked to help solve a murder mystery which quickly becomes very complicated when her older brother is arrested as the prime suspect.

For me the best thing about this book was its pace. It kept me hooked in and reading page after page because things kept happening. I loved that I didn't have the time to get bored but also wasn't so continually rushed that I didn't think I didn't have the time to get to know the characters. I loved how to story twisted and turned and I was continually guessing in a bid to solve the murder, then getting wrong and having to rethink the whole thing again.

I really enjoyed getting to know Clarity, the main character of the books. She is an outsider and someone who has never quite been cool enough to fit in at high school. I liked how she saw the world and how she related to her eccentric family.

The murder mystery in this was good. As I said before it kept me guessing but I also enjoyed that the final reveal and the explanations for what happened were quite realistic and the way in which they were solved were too, even with Clarity's special abilities.

I can't say I was all that fussed with the love triangle of this books. While it didn't irritate me I didn't really find that I liked either of the boys so wasn't really fussed about what Clarity did or did not get up to with them in the end. I really hope they are developed more in future books.

All in all a nice quick read which was very enjoyable and both a nice start to a series but also a satisfying standalone in itself.

Comments

Felicia said…
I'm not a fan of love triangles, and the one in this book wasn't really well-developed. But I sure loved Gabriel!(:
Book Angel Emma said…
I shall invest in a copy. Great review :D
Jesse Owen said…
Great review - it sounds like I'll need to buy a copy one day :D
Clover said…
It all sounded so good until you said the romance element of it is a bit of a letdown :( That makes me not so eager to read it.. But gosh, the cover is pretty.