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?
Clarity was a fantastic and unique new mystery with a magical twist. I loved the idea of a family of psychics running a business in
Clare, the main character, was a snarky, fun teenager and a great narrator. She had me chuckling out loud and rooting for her success throughout. Her family has always been the outcasts of the town and she has no friends at school. Most of the town is dubious of their abilities and think they’re fakes. She had recently broke up with the one guy she truly cared for (Justin) and is dealing with some of her unresolved feelings for him. Enter Gabriel. The steamy and mysterious son of her town’s new detective. I liked both guys and they each truly cared for Clare and wouldn’t let anything happen to her. There are a ton of fascinating secondary characters and each had a key role in the story.
When a teenage girl is murdered in Clare’s town her summer suddenly becomes a lot more complicated. The mayor (and Justin’s father) convinces the detective to let Clare use some of her abilities to try and catch the criminal and the detective sends his son to work with Clarity because he has no faith in her actually being psychic. The mystery aspect of this story was so awesome and kept me guessing to the end. Like an Agatha Christie novel the real culprit isn’t revealed until the end and it leaves you thinking why didn’t I ever suspect them?! The plot was fast paced and Kim Harrington packed a punch with her debut novel. She threw a curve ball when I least expected it and I enjoyed watching Clare, Justin, and Gabriel try and solve the mystery. A lot of scary things occurred and my hands were often gripping the pages, my heart pounding.
The sub-plots of Clarity were expertly woven in to the main storyline and things tied together in the end. Although I’m hoping a few things will be resolved in the sequel.
Clarity was a book that I am going to be recommending again and again. It has a likable protagonist, a love triangle that I can’t even choose a side (although I’m leaning towards Team Gabriel!), action and intrigue, and fun physic powers! I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for Clarity in the sequel, Perception, which releases next year.
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
March 1, 2011/Scholastic Point/246 pages/Young Adult/Book One