Jake, Schuyler, and Matthew have very little in common except that they are dead - suicide, by all appearances.
Alright, alright - I know that was like the shortest synopsis ever but it's so hard not to give anything away! Karen Healey knows how to mix magic, strong characters, a superb plot, and pop culture just right. And personally, I love the way Healey writes the setting as a character itself. It's not just set dressing - it's a living, breathing part of the story. The fact that the setting is New Zealand (I want to go there...drool, drool) only enhances it's depth. I should also clarify that this is a mystery, an intense mystery, but not horror.
Pluuuuuuus, the U.S. version of the cover (which you see here) is pretty brilliant. At least I think so. Sure, the broken glass visually conveys the title, but wait until you finish the book....there's a double meaning, especially once you understand whose face that is behind the glass.
If you like The Shattering you'll also like Healey's first book Guardian of the Dead which I haven't reviewed on the blog only because I read it before I started blogging reviews and if I retro-actively reviewed...well, I'd never be able to leave the computer.