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I loved this one The writing is superb The story had great pacing and flowed beautifully making the reading easy The characters are full, believable, and likable The premise, although not at all original, is good and well executed without discrepancies or flaws of any kind that I could see The descriptions are very well done without being too wordy I could picture Carol s house, the beach, the office, the lighthouse, and every other location I could see the characters I love it when an I loved this one The writing is superb The story had great pacing and flowed beautifully making the reading easy The characters are full, believable, and likable The premise, although not at all original, is good and well executed without discrepancies or flaws of any kind that I could see The descriptions are very well done without being too wordy I could picture Carol s house, the beach, the office, the lighthouse, and every other location I could see the characters I love it when an author is able to do that and Ms Ball did it to perfection The family dynamic is realistic and it s easy to identify with their issues The dialogue is genuine and believable There is absolutely nothing flat in this story.I did have to suspend disbelief in a couple of areas relating to actions of the police, but it was easy as the story was so compelling and the few issues I had were not major.There was some course language, largely from one character, in one scene If there wasthan that I don t recall it, so it wasn t overused There was no graphic sexual content The violence was not too graphic, just enough to further the plot.Shattered drew my attention and compelled me to keep reading It is absolutely 5 star worthy Exciting Great book Riveting and spellbinding until the very end I couldn t put it down and read it in 2 days I received a kindle copy of Shattered after responding to an announcement on goodreads by Donna Ball that she was looking for reviewers for her latest book Having read and reviewed several of Donna s other books, I was delighted when Donna accepted my offer.Shattered lived up to my expectations and is a tense who done it with lots of twists and turns I felt the psychological effects on the victims were extremely well portrayed.If I have any niggles about Shattered, they are minor I felt t I received a kindle copy of Shattered after responding to an announcement on goodreads by Donna Ball that she was looking for reviewers for her latest book Having read and reviewed several of Donna s other books, I was delighted when Donna accepted my offer.Shattered lived up to my expectations and is a tense who done it with lots of twists and turns I felt the psychological effects on the victims were extremely well portrayed.If I have any niggles about Shattered, they are minor I felt that, in the first part of the book, we were told too many times, in almost the same words, how animosity filled had been Carol and Guy s divorce I got it the first time I was fed of hearing about it by the third time I didn t feel retelling it added to the story but rather slowed down the pace of the beginning of the book.The various threads of the characters major and minor lives are beautifully interwoven, resulting in a tapestry of a story that needs to be readthan once to find all the clues as they first appear.I particularly enjoyed that the story changes viewpoint regularly that way the reader gets to see muchof the action This technique adds to the tension for the reader as we can see the pitfalls and traps ahead of characters and thus will them not to fall in, whilst suspecting that they will do so anyway.So in summary buy Shattered It is a little slow to start, with an element of repetition, but once the suspense starts to build and the status quo is challenged, it is a tense page turner.Thank you, Donna, for giving me the opportunity to review this book I hope that Shattered gains the critical and commercial success due to it.A longer review appears here good This book was different from any I have read by Donna Ball I love her Lady Bug Farm books and her Raine Stockton series This book wasin the thriller genre.The setting is a beach resort town in Florida It seems that during spring break week a serial killer is on the loose To add to the tension, Carol and Guy s daughter, Kelly had run away two years before and was now calling This book was unputdownable I don t normally read books about serial killers but I gave this a try because I enjoy Donna Ball s books Shattered drew me in from the first page I read it in one sitting I couldn t put it down. Very different from the Lady Bug Farm or Raine Stockton series This is a thriller that leave you guessing until the villain is revealed. ^Ebook ☠ Shattered ⇯ A missing teenage girl a desperate mother a frantic call in the night is this a cruel hoax, or the work of a maniacal serial killer The peaceful resort town of St Teresa by the Sea on Florida s Forgotten Coast is known for its low crime rate, pristine beaches, and great fishing But tragedy can come even to Paradise, as Carol Dennison found out two and a half years ago when her fourteen year old daughter, Kelly, disappeared on her way to a Tallahassee concert Now, just as Carol as beginning to rebuild the pieces of her shattered life, she receives a midnight call from someone who calls her mama and begs for help Is this a cruel prank designed to terrorize and punish Kelly s father for the role he played in bringing a recently paroled criminal to justice Or is it possible that Kelly is still alive A grim investigation uncovers a connection between Kelly and other girls who have gone missing along the Gulf Coast in the past few years When the body of one of those missing girls washes up on the shores of St Teresa by the Sea, the police are forced to admit they may have a serial killer in their midst And with over three thousand college students poised to descend on the tiny community for spring break, their only hope for stopping him before he strikes again is the frightened voice of a teenage girl on the telephone and the desperate determination of the parents who love herShattered is Donna Ball at her best spine tingling terror, chilling realism and unforgettable characters No parent will ever watch her child leave the house in the same way againPraise for the work of Donna Ball A maelstrom of suspense gripping, intense Rendezvous Ball knows how to keep a story moving Kirkus Reviews A major talent of the genre Publisher s Weekly A must read Examiner