Some of you might be familiar with Karen Healey’s Guardian of the Dead. Now, I actually wasn’t a huge fan of that novel, so I was a little hesitant to read The Shattering. I needn’t have worried, because I really enjoyed it!
In the coastal town of Summerton, everything – the weather, the scenery – is perfect. Yet when Keri’s older brother commits suicide, she uncovers a string of suicides in Summerton that begin to form a pattern. Are these young men killing themselves? Or are they being murdered? Keri teams up with her childhood friend Janna and out-of-towner Sione to try and discover who or what is behind the death of their brothers. But the deeper they dig, the stranger and more dangerous the situation becomes.
Karen Healey loves to weave magic and New Zealand and Pacific mythology into her novels, and The Shattering is no exception. I liked this novel because she manages to bring magic into a story that is very real, and that deals with some confronting issues like suicide and sexuality. The magic side of things is actually quite believable (if that makes sense!!) and didn’t feel out of place at all. I enjoyed the relationships and interplay between the three main characters – Keri, Janna and Sione – sometimes they were really funny. Each chapter is written from the point of view of one of the three, although only Keri is written in first person, so it doesn’t become confusing.
I would highly recommend this novel to Year Nine and older. Happy Reading! 🙂