20 Jun '12

A Vicky Review – Shattered by Kate Kelly (2.5 Stars)

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Tess has been chased for 2 weeks by her boss, a man she dated briefly, who is threatening to kill her. He has already killed the company accountant and she seems to be next. She also knows that he is trying to frame her for something, but what that is she doesn’t know. There is a bank account in her name with $200k – before the accountant was killed he sent her information to try to help her prove her innocence.  Now that she is out of options, she turns to the one person who won’t want her around.
Jay is shocked by Tess’ arrival and vows not to get involved as he doesn’t think there is any real threat to her but agrees to her staying for a few nights to rest up as she seems exhausted. He had managed to bury his feelings for Tess but the more time that he spends with her his feelings come crashing back to the surface.
When the danger to Tess becomes very real, Jay agrees to investigate the situation, meaning he has to face up to some old demons that he has hidden from for years.  He contacts his old colleagues at the sheriff’s department for help but the more he investigates the more confusing things get and he doesn’t know who he can trust.
Although I could see that Jay was broken, just a shell of a man going about his life, he still had a superior air to him that didn’t appeal to me. He took the weight of everything on his shoulders and tried to hold himself to a higher standard. Normally this wouldn’t bother me but for some reason this just increased my dislike for him; I couldn’t get past it. I wasn’t Tess’ greatest fan either. At points, she seemed like such a strong person but then she’s do something that made me roll my eyes at her. Their relationship was very complicated, with a lot of painful history, but they both seemed to still cling on to their past.
The one redeeming character for me was Jay’s father. He had tragically lost his daughter and practically lost his son but he kept trying to pull their lives back together any way he could – he was the one stable element in Jay’s life and if he hadn’t been around I think Jay’s life would have taken a totally different track.
I found the story to be fairly predictable and wasn’t shocked by any of the elements involved. If you are looking for angst filled characters in your stories then give this a try as it may suit you better than me.


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