When you can see things others can't, where do you look for the truth?
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Point; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
- Author's Website: http://www.kimharringtonbooks.com/
- Buy the Book: Amazon
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 this trailer, because I think it gives a good overview of the book's story, but not necessarily its tone. Clarity was not an intense murder-mystery book, it was actually a light and pretty fun read, with a little bit of tense-murder-mystery thrown in. Don't get me wrong, the book was all about solving the horrible murders of three young people, but Kim Harrington's writing style, and Clarity's "voice" were upbeat, quirky and fun.
I enjoyed reading Clarity a lot. I actually knew from the first couple of pages that I was going to like it, because I instantly enjoyed the writing style. Clarity reminded me of other witty female Main Characters like Sophie (Hex Hall), Clary (The Mortal Instruments), and Lennie (The Sky is Everywhere) and I immediately knew I would love her. And I was right.
I have to admit that I heard a lot of hype about this book, so my expectations may have been a little too high. Although I liked it a lot, I didn't think it was absolutely amazing. It was more along the lines of a fun quick read, almost like a modernized Nancy Drew mystery with a paranormal twist.
I liked Clarity's relationship with her mother and her brother. I loved how they stuck together, worked together, and would do anything for each other. It was great to see a family that was so close. The mystery was exciting. I found myself questioning every person that Clarity spoke to, wondering if he or she was the killer. The love triangle (pentagon?) was interesting. I was actually surprised that I found myself rooting for the "cheating boyfriend" (though I have my suspicions about that). I totally expected to be on the side of the mysterious detective, Gabriel, but there was just something about Justin! It seems like all the boys in town had a thing for Clarity, though, and honestly I had no idea who she would end up with. Actually, I still don't, because even though the murder mystery is wrapped up in this book, Clarity's love life is certainly not. Ms. Harrington opened up a whole new can of worms before ending this book, making me eager to find out what happens to Clarity next, and hoping that somehow Justin will be redeemed :D
If you like books like The Body Finder, I think you will enjoy this book!
I really liked it!
- Sexual Content: Sexual situations involving supporting characters, some sexual dialog.
- Profanity: Mild/Moderate
- Violence: Heavy
- Other Notables: Bullying and some underage drinking by supporting characters.