Wednesday, June 22, 2011

CLARITY-by Kim Harrington-REVIEW

Clare is a member of an unusual family. They all have special abilities. Her mother can read minds, her brother can sense spirits that haven't moved on, and Clare can "see" what happened to someone by touching one of their objects. Together, they run a family business giving tourists an authentic paranormal thrill.

When Clare's small town is rocked by the murder of a young woman, she is asked to use her ability to help solve the crime.

While Clare is excited and willing to assist law enforcement her job isn't easy. One problem, her brother is a suspect in the murder because he was with the victim the night she died. Another issue is that her ex-boyfriend is involved in the investigation too. His father is the mayor up for re-election and really wants to solve the case to reassure the tourists the town is safe. The new police investigator has a hot son helping out too. The problem-apparently he hates her and thinks she's a fraud.

Clare has to juggle her unresolved feelings for Justin(ex-boyfriend), her attraction to Gabe(the new hottie), and her loyalty to Perry(her brother). All while attempting to solve a murder and not get killed in the process.

Clarity is a quick and fun read. My only issue is the fact that the police asked Clare, Justin, and Gabe to investigate the murder! I just kept saying to myself, How Stupid! The police would never do that! If you can get passed that, you'll be okay.

Clarity(Clare), her brother Periwinkle(Perry), and their mother Starla(Mary, but nobody better ever call her that) all have special psychic abilities. Clare can touch something of a person and can see and hear images of the past. Perry can speak to the dead and Starla can hear a persons thoughts. They give readings in their tourist town to make a living. 

Clare has suffered at the hands of her classmates for years because of her freakish ability. She has just gone through a breakup with her boyfriend Justin. When a young girl is found shot to death in a local motel a new detective moves into town along with his "hot" teen son. 

Clare, along with her former boyfriend Justin and the new hottie Gabriel are asked to help work on the case to find out who the murderer is. What is really wanted is Clare's ability to touch something that the victim had come in contact with in order to find out who the killer is. Law enforcement can't officially ask her because it would look bad to rely on a psychic for information.

What Clare doesn't count on is having her brother involved with the dead girl. Clare doesn't believe that he is the killer, but so many things are pointing in his direction. She finds that she doesn't know whom she can trust.

Regardless of what I believe about psychic ability this was a very good book! The suspense and mystery kept me turning the pages late into the night(or should I say morning!) in order to finish the book and find out "who dunnit". 
Edifying meets Edgy halfway on this because I thought it was a story that could keep young adults on the edge of their seats without using excessive language or sensuality. There were a couple of murders in the story though that would keep it from being a "feel-good" read. 

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