Clarity

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have some kind of psychic ability.  I imagine myself as a female version of Professor Charles Xavier of X-Men fame.  (Also, I’m not much of a talker, so I think things would be a lot quieter if I could just communicate with people through telepathy.)  Anyhoo, the main character in my latest read, Clarity by Kim Harrington, showed me that having a psychic “gift” may not be all it’s cracked up to be…especially when there’s a killer involved…

Clarity has an ability that makes her something of an oddity in her town.  She gets visions of the past just by touching certain objects.  Normally, she simply uses her “talent” to entertain tourists, but something has just happened that will test just how useful her ability really is.  A girl has been found murdered in a local hotel, and the powers-that-be want Clare’s special brand of help to solve the crime.  (Well, some of the powers-that-be want Clare’s help.  The new detective and his super-hot son aren’t so convinced.)  Clare is eager for this chance to do some good with her gift, but her visions lead her in a direction she never expected.

Clare soon discovers that her brother, Perry, has a connection to the dead girl.  Even though she’s working with the police, Clare does all she can to cover for her brother, even though she has some doubts about how innocent he really is.  All of the evidence is pointing to him.  Even Clare’s visions seem to implicate Perry, but there just has to be something–or someone–Clare is overlooking. 

As Clare continues to dig for information, she becomes convinced that her brother is innocent.  The question is…who is guilty?  Could the murderer be right in front of Clare–someone she never would have expected?  And will that person silence Clare to keep things quiet?  Can Clare make things clear before the killer strikes again?  Read Clarity by Kim Harrington to find out.

Clarity was a quick, easy read that kept my interest from the first page.  Despite her unique gift, Clare was a character that readers, especially teen girls, will relate to.  (She has quite a few issues with the guys in her life.)  She’s flawed, and she tends to judge others too quickly, but she does what she can to protect those she loves.  I think all of us might relate to that.

I hope you take the time to read Clarity.  Even though it does have a fairly neat resolution, there is ample lead-in to a sequel…which is good, because the second book in this series, Perception, will be released sometime in 2012.  I look forward to the further adventures of Clare and company.  It should be interesting.

If you’d like more information on Clarity or author Kim Harrington, visit http://www.kimharringtonbooks.com/.  Have fun!

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