As secrets shatter around them, can they save the next victim? Or will they become victims themselves?”-goodreads
This book was weird. I don’t mean that in a bad way– I consider myself weird (hopefully in a good way), I think my friends are weird (definitely in a good way), and basically the rest of the world weird (in its own special way). It was really suspenseful, too. I think the multiple perspectives were smart, they made each of the characters shine just a little bit more and kept up the suspense. Why did multiple characters/perspectives keep up the suspense? Not each of the characters knew what the other one knew so it was a lot of back and forth. It was a mystery, a true mystery book, keeping me flipping pages for the ‘who did it??!?” conclusion until the end. The ending shocked me. Let me rephrase that– parts of the ending were how I *thought* it would end but other parts I didn’t think would happen or hadn’t even considered. That’s always good, a shocking ending when it makes sense and if it’s really a knock-you-off-your-feet kind of thing that’s even better.
This book was a lot to think about; a lot to consider. I questioned how I would react, and if I would go about solving the mystery the same way. I love books that do that! I also appreciate when a book keeps you thinking about it or its ending and it sticks with you for a while, which it already has (‘what?’ you ask. ‘You just posted the review, how would you know that!?’ Actually I read it over a week ago, maybe two weeks, but I’ve been having trouble *actually* gathering my thoughts about it. And I’ve been busy.. ANYWAY…), and it will probably continue. It’s also a stand-alone. I like when I can get the ACTUAL WHOLE STORY and it EVEN has the nerve to pack a punch. Not that I hate series, it’s clear that I don’t, but once in a while, seriously: STANDALONE BOOKS.
I’d recommend “The Shattering” to someone looking for a dark, stand-alone, mystery book packed with suspense with an ending that will shock you.
Thank you Little Brown for the opportunity to review this book. As usual, that didn’t alter my opinion!