Author: Kim Harrington
UK Release: June 07, 2012
First Published: March 2011
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Kim Harrington’s debut novel is one full of mystery and suspense, likeable characters, and a touch of paranormal. In short, I enjoyed it immensely.
Clare Fern is a psychic. Her brother is a medium and her mother a telepath. In the tourist town of Eastport, their family business is a hit with the visitors, but Clare can’t help but wish her days weren’t spent as part of ‘the freak show’. Unfortunately for Clare, it seems she can’t quite hide her talent yet. The local detective and his son have a special job reserved for her and her ‘ability’. When a girl turns up dead and the killer remains unknown, it is up to Clare to embrace her unique gift and help solve the murder.
This is a short book, or at least much shorter than what I am used to, but the content is still wonderfully fulfilling. Kim Harrington’s writing style is easy to like and Clare’s voice is one I grew comfortable with almost instantly. There is a very straight-forward nature about her character that appealed to me. Unlike countless other female main characters, Clare had wit and intelligence that made her distinguishable and I’m almost certain this story would not have resonated as well with me had another character been narrating. That’s not to say she is without flaws, but I hardly noticed them as I was enjoying myself too much.
A love triangle makes itself present in this story, which, as expected, bothered me. Though having said that, the author did present both love interests reasonably well, so it could have been a lot worse. There is Justin, Clare’s ex-boyfriend who cheated on her but wants to redeem himself, and there is Gabriel, the new boy in town and the detective’s son. Although neither of them were particularly memorable, they were likeable characters that I would be happy to read about again.
My favourite aspect of this book also happens to be the most disappointing. I adore murder mysteries and Kim Harrington did a brilliant job ensuring this one was engaging and thrilling. For the most part, I loved the suspense and trying to figure out who was responsible. But the big shock, when it arrived, wasn’t very shocking. I’m usually terrible at spotting plot twists, but I pieced together the puzzle long before Clare did. A little less predictability and it would have been perfect.
Despite some of the flaws I have mentioned, I still greatly enjoyed this book, perhaps even more than I expected. The author’s writing and Clare are mostly responsible for that, and I am most definitely eager to read the sequel as soon as I get my hands on it.
Rating: 3.5 – 4 stars