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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Clarity by Kim Harrington

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Summary: A teen psychic tries to solve a murder in her tourist town. 

This book felt very much like my beloved television show Veronica Mars. You have a sassy, mature/precocious teen who is ostracized by her peers, yet one boy takes the time to get to know her, which eases her social life and brings her a bit of happiness before it's ripped away. Only instead of being a girl detective, Clarity (or Clare) Fern is a psychic.

This was an enjoyable teen thriller. Clarity and her brother and mother make their living giving accurate psychic readings. They are ostracized by the townies, but he tourists love them. Perry also dates the vacationing girls while Clare has no friends her age.

A young tourist is murdered in Clarity's tourist town. The hot son of the big city detective asks for her help in solving the murder, as does her hot ex-boyfriend, who is the son of the mayor running for re-election in a tense race. But what's really worrisome is that Clare's brother Perry was very likely the last person to see the murdered girl alive. In fact, he had sex with her.

Clare doubts her brother for just an instant, but the evidence is quickly mounting against him. Soon Clare becomes a target, as the murders keep happening. An easy quick read with a fun plot and characters.

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