Published May 9th 2017 by Sweetwater Books
When a mysterious explosion kills her sister, Salem Jefferson becomes convinced the death was no accident—it was a conspiracy. But no one else at her high school believes her, and all she has so far is one clue. She knows Carrie hired a gang member to protect orchard workers. Problem is, Salem doesn't know who.
To find out, Salem pursues the gang-bangers who rule her town, especially classmate Cordero. As her distrust of Cordero heats up, so do the number of suspects in Carrie's death. Teachers and school officers are orchard owners. They have every reason to stop farm workers from demanding higher wages. With Carrie's killers still out there, Salem's not sure who she can trust. Meanwhile, the people who live on orchards and the people who pick them are drawing lines in the sand.
The only way for Salem to learn the truth is to slip behind those enemy lines.
The only way to survive is to find a way back out.
Shatter is the grand prize winner of the LDStorymakers First Chapter Contest that author Jolene Perry calls "a stunning debut that’ll keep you turning pages ’til the end."
*****Shatter hit two #1 categories right after release, one in print and one in ebook. For Teen > Mystery> Law & Crime (plus a detective one and one about violence).*****
My Review: 4 Stars
Salem's older sister, Carrie, recently died and Salem is sure it was no accident. As she tries to piece together the secrets surrounding the events over the last few months, more mysteries seem to pop up. There are issues and situations that I am sure occur, but I wasn't aware of. This town has a lot of farms who need workers to help make them successful and many of the workers are illegal immigrants. Strikes are fueling the fiery feelings and two local gangs seem to be involved.
I love a good murder mystery and this one had me squirming. The author does a great job of telling the story through present time and filling in the gaps through flashbacks. As the book progresses, multiple suspects emerge and left me wondering who, why, and how. I haven't given much thought to gangs, aside from thinking (probably unjustly) that most members are the violent type who thrive on crime. After reading this, my thought have shifted. I also never thought about how unfairly some workers may be treated and how these can be big issues in certain parts of the world. Not only was I entertained, but I was educated.
Salem is strong and persistent. As she searches for answers, her doubts and fears bleed through her strength, making her easy to like. The suspense and pacing gripped me from the start and I was almost as desperate as Salem was, by the end, to solve this case. Full of intrigue, prejudice, fear, love, and mystery, Shatter caught me from start to finish.
Content: murder/fighting (nothing graphic); mild romance.
*I received a copy through the publisher, which did not affect my opinion. All thoughts are my own.*
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“Shatter” blog tour schedule:
- May 9: The Food Charlatan || Queen of the Clan || Getting Your Read On || Head Over Books
- May 10: Mel’s Shelves || My Book a Day || Five Take Flight
- May 11: Keven Nielsen || YA and Wine
- May 12: Cinnamon Cindy’s Book Blog
- May 13: Brookie Cowles || Literary Time Out
- May 14: Book Love
- May 15: Novel-ties || Katie’s Clean Book Collection || Kindle and Me
- May 16: Tana Lovett || EmmyMom || Author Jodi Woody
- May 17: Book Worm Wednesday || Cindy M. Hogan
- May 18: Min Reads & Reviews || Bookworm Lisa || Delicious Book Reads
- May 19: Been Writing || Why Not? Because I Said So
- May 20: Singing Librarian Books
- May 21: Blooming with Books || Inklings and Notions
- May 22: Rockin Book Reviews || Book Dreaming || Author Tracker
- May 23: Writing Worm Blog || Wishful Endings || Sweetly Made (Just for You)