- Title: Shatter: a novel
- Author: Nikki Trionfo
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (May 9, 2017)
- Genre: YA Mystery/Suspense
- ISBN-10: 146212013X
- FTC, FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for
- an honest review.
“We never knew there could be people in the orchard. Dangerous people.”
When a mysterious explosion kills her sister, Salem 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 are theories and clues. With Carrie's killers still out there, Salem's not sure who she can trust. If she can't she prove she’s right before it’s too late, the conspiracy might take another life—hers.
Shatter, by author Nikki Trionfo doesn't seem like the work of a fairly new author but seems to be written by the mind of a pro. The tightly woven story with so many twists and turns leads you on a wild, fast paced ride. There are many flashbacks scenes brilliantly woven into the story that never slows down the pace and adds much to the suspense in the novel. I was always left guessing as clue after clue is dropped and then things shift to turn you in another direction. Just when I thought I had things figured out...bam, another bomb is dropped and my previous theories are blown to bits.
The author's characters add greatly to the story with the strong protagonist, Salem, as she is investigating her sister's death, or murder as she believes. Salem grows more confident as the story progresses and I really liked how she put her fears aside to find the truth. My other favorite character is Cordero, a gang member who knows more than he at first is willing to admit. As Salem and Cordero work together, they can't but help grow closer as trouble keeps finding them the nearer they get to who is behind all of the problems and murders in their town.
This impressive novel was written with YA readers in mind but as an adult, I loved it. The plot, pacing, unending intrigue and suspense all make the book unable to put down. I give this book a full 5 stars and can't wait to read more from this author.