The Shattered Seam (Seam Stalkers #1)
By: Kathleen Groger
Publisher: Leaf & Thorn Press, LLC
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Spending spring break on an isolated island rumored to be haunted is not sixteen-year-old Sam’s idea of fun. Spending spring break with her uncle and his ghost-hunting film crew on an isolated island is even worse.
Her family’s secrets—and a genetic ability she can no longer deny—surface, along with the ghost of a rich serial killer who left behind a trail of trapped souls.
And he’s not through yet.
With only one chance for escape, Sam must embrace her family’s curse and close the Seam between the living and the dead. Or be lost, forever.
The Shattered Seam is the perfect start to a ghost hunting paranormal series that I’ve been looking for since Kami Garcia’s The Legion series went on its interminable hiatus. Sure there have been stand alones since then, Courtney Alameda’s Shutter comes to mind, but the prospect of a series, following the same characters, fleshing out a world of paranormal hunting fun times built on its own mythology, is what I’ve been hoping to sink my bookish teeth into for some time now.
The characters are mostly common archetypes found in ghost hunting tales, from the enthusiastic headliner to the quirky medium, but they are given enough page time to not fall flat and each served a decent role, none of them feeling like they were extras. Sam herself plays the role of the convert, the skeptic to believer, and does so believably without any frustrations felt by the reader. Sam even gets a little bit of romance, but it is developed off to the side, as the main plot focuses on getting the hell off the island and not on hormones.
The setting, the creepy castle of a convicted serial killer, was perfect. There are familiar horror tropes, moving paintings, displaced objects, dead birds, but these are well incorporated into the story and didn’t feel overused or recycled. The horror aspect was thrilling, and even before the group sets foot on the island, the creepy feeling is well established and steadily builds to an explosive ending. I do wish, though, that more time had been spent on Sam’s past. It is mentioned in passing that she is something of an outcast at school and that her mental state has already been questioned. Hopefully, some light will be shed on this in later books.
The Shattered Seam filled a nice little hole in my reader heart that I had been missing, and I quickly devoured this book. I am looking forward to many more paranormal adventures with Sam in the future, and possibly Kyle (pretty please). If you want a book with thrills, chills, and an author that isn’t afraid of a body count, pick this up and enjoy.
Kathleen wrote her first story in elementary school about a pegasus named Sir Lancelot. It had no plot or conflict, but it sparked a dream. After serving a fifteen-year sentence in retail management, the bulk in big box bookstores, she turned her love of reading into a full-time career writing dark and haunting characters and stories. She writes paranormal, fantasy, suspense, horror YA books. She is a contributing member of READerlicious, writers who love readers. Check out her blogs here.
She lives by the mantra that a day is not complete without tea. Lots of tea. Kathleen lives in Ohio with her husband, two boys, and two attention-demanding dogs. When not writing or editing or revising, you can find her reading, cooking, spending time with her family, or photographing abandoned buildings.
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