Shattered Dreams by Ellie James, St. Martin’s Griffin (December 6, 2011). ISBN: 9780312647025. Reviewed by John R. Clark, MLIS.
What if you could see flashes of the future, or other people’s present, but the most important parts of your past were being kept from you? This is sixteen year old Trinity Monsour’s reality. Raised in a remote part of the Colorado mountains by her grandmother, she realized she was different when her vision of her beloved dog dying came true not long after. When she had a similar vision of her grandmother dying at the kitchen sink, she tried her best to warn her gram, but wasn’t taken seriously. It happened and she’s living with her aunt Sara in post-Katrina New Orleans.
In an effort to fit in at her new school, she goes along with some of her classmates to a creepy abandoned house where another vision hits her so hard she feels a frightening wave of cold flow through her. Jessica, the leader of the group who convinced her to enter the house, vanishes, but Trinity keeps having visions of her pleading for help.
It’s not long before Trinity’s involved with Chase, Jessica’s former boyfriend who was also in the creepy house. Then she starts seeing things and people that nobody else does, begins to uncover the truth behind her parents’ deaths, is suspected by the police and lands eyeball deep in one scary situation after another.
This is a book that sucks you in almost immediately, has many threads to unwind and keeps the tension ramped up all the way to the end. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s a dandy read, so good, in fact, that I ordered the other two in the series as soon as I finished reading this one.