Clarity 'Clare' Fern has psychic abilities, as does the rest of her family. Living in a small town on the Cape, Clare, her mother and brother make a living during the summer giving readings to tourists. So naturally the townies think Clare is a freak. But Clare doesn't give into the locals... because she knows her abilities are real. And those abilities are about to come in handy when a young woman is murdered and Clare's brother becomes the prime suspect.
What can I say? Veronica Mars meets Harper Connelly. Love it!
Plot - well paced, exciting, clever, engrossing. All good adjectives. I read this in a couple of hours and considering I picked up four books I just couldn't get into before I picked this up (yeah, I was in one of those annoying restless moods) I was amazed how quickly I was drawn into the story. As well as the murder mystery there are subplots involving Clare's complicated romantic entanglements and I loved how real and emotional it was; there was nothing contrived about it, which is always excellent. Even better, this was an actual murder mystery that kept you guessing. I think I suspected everybody at some point in the novel.
Character - I absolutely love Clare's voice. She's someone who knows herself and believes in herself. She's got backbone and spunk, and isn't afraid to stand up for herself. Some of her comebacks had me laughing out loud. What was particularly interesting for me was her character development as she races against time to prove her brother's innocence - she starts off as such a principled young woman and quickly realises how easy it is to forget those principles when someone you love needs you. Great stuff.
The other characters are brilliant as well, they all have a wonderful back story and Harrington does such a good job of making her characters three dimensional that you even find yourself rooting for people you might not normally.
Clarity leaves us with an open ending so I'm guessing there is more to come from Clare and I for one am hugely excited to have a book equivalent (with a paranormal twist) of my favourite show, Veronica Mars, that was unjustly cut short. Cannot wait for the next novel!
Five massive Stars