Friday, 19 July 2013

Shaken (Mind Reader #1) by Susan Hatler

Blurb (from Goodreads):
High school junior, Kylie Bates, can suddenly read minds. When she touches people’s hands, she’s able to see their deepest thoughts. As if that’s not freaky enough, her dad sends her to help hottie detective, Sam Williams, track down a missing girl. Way too much pressure, especially for a girl who can’t watch Scream without getting nightmares.

Then, finding the missing girl leads to much more than Kylie’s prepared for. Like discovering that her dad has been lying to her. That she has a family she never knew about. That the girls have powers similar to hers. Oh yeah, and that someone is out to get her.

When the detective’s teenage wanna-be-cop cousin, Trip Williams, approaches Kylie at school insisting she help him solve the case, she discovers Trip might be the only one she can trust, and the only one to help her unravel the secrets behind her mysterious gift.

Shaken by Susan Hatler

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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16-year-old Kylie has no idea what is going on when she touches someone’s hand, and she can suddenly see into their thoughts.
Quickly deciding that she should use this strange power to her advantage, she begins touching more people to see what she can find out about them.

When it seems a young girl has recently been abducted, Kylie’s father quickly sends her along to read the mind of the suspect in custody, and Kylie sets out to find the little girl.
Why can Kylie read minds? Can she find the little girl? And do the people who took the little girl really want Kylie?

This was an okay paranormal mystery story, but the whole thing just felt a little off to me.

Kylie found out right at the beginning of the book that she had this odd power, she thought maybe she was nuts for about 10 minutes, then decided to start trying to read other people’s thoughts to use them to her advantage. I mean what? I mean, wouldn’t you at least consider other possibilities? Stress? A brain tumour? Hallucinations? Would you immediately decide that you’re obviously a super-hero and start trying to read your best friends mind to see if she’s been flirting with your crush? Not likely.
Anyway, Kylie than convinces her father that she can read minds, and what do you know, he goes from disbelieving, to getting her to help the police find a missing little girl within a matter of hours. Talk about a 180! How he goes from disbelief to signing her up for some task force so quickly is just baffling. And as for Kylie – ‘my mom had telekinesis? - Alright.’ Where was the smidgen of doubt? This was just downright unrealistic for me.

The story continues like this for pretty much the whole book, you could call it fast paced, but to me there seems to be a bit of a lack of logic and world building. Things happen and are immediately believed and utilised, in a normal everyday world which would laugh at you if you suggested some of the things that happened in this book. To me this seems like a story that has potential, but the execution just leaves a little to be desired. Too much of this story is just difficult to swallow, making this story just feel a little off. I read loads of paranormal books, but they have to have a certain something to make them seem plausible, that this book just didn’t have.
Overall; a story about a girl who can read minds, that’s just a little too unbelievable.
6 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Meh, sounds okay but not enough for me to pick it up.