Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.
And a curse.
When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case--but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother--who has supernatural gifts of his own--becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?
I didn't know much about Clarity when I started reading it. Ok, I didn't know anything about it. Just that I'd heard that it was good. So I didn't know it was a murder mystery with psychic powers. Yeah...murder mystery PLUS powers. So awesome, right?
I have to admit, I'm finding myself loving mystery stories lately. I like trying to figure things out with the narrator, discovering the clues, questioning the suspects, following the leads. Clarity had all of this, and it was so much fun. The murder victim seems totally random at first, but it all gets more and more relevant to Clare as she discovers the clues, and I like the way the whole story kept building and building.
There are some awesome boys in this book, too. Clare's brother Perry, her ex-boyfriend Justin, and the smoldering new boy in town Gabriel who is all hot and mysterious and has a tattoo. (Obviously her brother wasn't interesting as a love interest, but he was a fun character to read about and I enjoyed his antics.)
Then there was the addition of the powers, which wasn't distracting or annoying at all. It added an interesting layer to solving this mystery, and it was cool to see that Clare's powers are both a positive and negative force in her life.
If you feel like your reading list has been missing an awesome YA murder mystery, then you need Clarity in your life now. It's something different than everything else that's out there right now, and I enjoyed the heck out of it.