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?
This book has been sitting on my shelf for a painfully long time because I've never been in the mood to pick it up but now that I have read it I have to ask myself what took me so long... this book was fantastic!
I really liked that this was a paranormal mystery where the main character already knows about their powers, most paranormal books nowadays have the characters just discovering new powers and I liked that that wasn't the focus for this book. The murder mystery aspect of the book really had me gripped, so many times I thought that I knew who the murderer was and so many times my mind was rapidly changed. I liked how it ended and the explanation for the motive, it was very well done.
I really liked Clare as a character, she had spunk and I was rooting for her straight away and I liked both sides of the love triangle. Justin was a character that I hated at the start but slowly I began to feel for him, Clare misundersttod what he did and he obviously cares a lot for Clare, Gabriel was a cliche love interest: smouldering hot, a little off with Clare but sweet at times. I mean, I liked him, probably still more than Justin but i thought that he wasn't very original as a love interest.
Overall, a great start to a series, I will definitely be reading the sequel and praying for some character development on Gabriel's part.
Overall Rating: B+
Released in February 2011 (USA) and will be released June 7th 2012 by Scholastic UK.
My copy of the USA hardback was purchased by myself.