Release Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Pages: 242 pages
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
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 is the perfect mix of paranormal and murder mystery. I have only read a few books like this, most notably The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting, but Clarity is by far my favorite. The paranormal aspects of the story never overwhelm and are done very well.
Clare lives with her mother and brother and together they run a psychic family business. Everyone in Clare’s family has a different psychic ability, which is really cool. They are a very close knit family and protective of each other which is also cool. I loved trying to figure it out who the murderer was right along with the characters.
The characters are well written and Clare is very likable. There is a bit of a love triangle. Both Justin and Gabriel would be a good match for Clare but even though he cheated on her, I am very much Team Justin.
Clarity is an enjoyable and quick read. The book does not end with a cliffhanger but you definitely want more from the author and the characters. I am very excited to read the sequel, Perception, which is scheduled to be released in March of next year. Quick note to parents: Clare's brother Perry is very promiscuous and during some of Clare’s visions, she sees people having sex which may not be appropriate for younger teens.
Content: Profanity, kissing, sexual situations, violence.