The Shattering by Karen Healey

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Seventeen-year-old Keri likes to plan for every possibility. She knows what to do if you break an arm, or get caught in an earthquake or fire. But she wasn't prepared for her brother's suicide, and his death has left her shattered with grief. When her childhood friend Janna tells her it was murder, not suicide, Keri wants to believe her. After all, Janna's brother died under similar circumstances years ago, and Janna insists a visiting tourist, Sione, who also lost a brother to apparent suicide that year, has helped her find some answers.

As the three dig deeper, disturbing facts begin to pile up: one boy killed every year; all older brothers; all had spent New Year's Eve in the idyllic town of Summerton. But when their search for the serial killer takes an unexpected turn, suspicion is cast on those they trust the most.

As secrets shatter around them, can they save the next victim? Or will they become victims themselves?

About Karen Healey

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Karen Healey is the author of the Aurealis winner and William C. Morris Debut Award finalist Guardian of the Dead, The Shattering, and When We Wake. She technically lives in New Zealand, but actually lives on the internet. You can find her at
Published September 5, 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 315 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A teen noir hinging on the discovery of witchcraft could easily fall into self-conscious cutesiness or collapse under the weight of its own self-seriousness, but Healey (Guardian of the Dead, 2010) seamlessly integrates noir and fantasy tropes to explore issues of suicide, trust, sexuality, race,...

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It’s got a fantastic sense of place—if you don’t already want to visit New Zealand, you will after reading it—and, as well as being romantic and exciting and so on, it’s an especially cool to read with an eye toward comparative mythology.

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Sione notices that Keri has a nice voice, soft and “sort of furry,” A sunset scene: “the view, the green curve of the bay;

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