Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shatter Book Review

Murder, mystery and a little bit of romance- Shatter by Nikki Trionfo has it all!  I recently was given a copy of Shatter to review.

The Book:
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.

My Review:
  The book pulled me in right from the start, but then it kind of lost me.  It was a bit confusing as it kept jumping back and forth between the present and past times, but as I got to know who the characters were, it got into a really great flow and I ended up loving the book.  Often books are very predictable, but this one has twists and turns that had me guessing until the end.  I love when a book can surprise me.  
   I liked the setting of the book, on fruit farms in California and the different aspects of life and different classes in life that the book brought into play.  It made you take pause to think and contemplate about what may be fair or just in life.  The book also helps you realize there is often much more to people than what is on the surface.  The characters and story felt unique and was a great murder mystery.  The book, though dealing with murder and death does so in a way free from graphic imagery or language.  

Find the Author:
 Website  http://www.nikkitrionfo.com
  Twitter  @Nikkitrionfo

Buy the Book:
Amazon//Barnes and Noble//Books and Things


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