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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Book Review: The Shatter Point by Jon O’Bergh

The Shatter Point
by Jon O’Bergh
April 16, 2018
Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 9781543931051
Jada Mercer is used to getting her way, and she loves danger. When she meets Asher Williams, a sensitive musician in a band, she pressures him to prove himself through the rigors of an extreme haunt known as Horror Place. At the same time, the haunt's owners, Phil and Donna Woods, are locked in an escalating feud with neighbor Ruth Littleton. The terrifying consequences unfold step by step as the characters are pushed beyond the breaking point. Weaving layers of truth and fiction, the story challenges our sense of reality with unexpected twists and turns.

I received this horror novel from the author for reviewing only. The Shatter Point begins with the line that everyone has a breaking point. For some, it takes quite a bit before they lose it. While others, it doesn’t take much at all. Couple Phil and Donna Woods move into a house where a murder happened some years ago. Phil, a Halloween fanatic, starts working on a Halloween haunt for the neighborhood children. Then he learns most of the families in the surrounding homes are retirement age or with children in college, except for maybe a couple of them. Donna’s adult son, Billy, from her first marriage, convinces the couple to build an extreme haunt. The kind where people must sign waivers and all bets are off, anything goes. While their haunt is happening, Billy and Phil use social media to help ramp up interest. Other interesting characters in this book are Asher, a guitarist for his girlfriend's, Jada, band. Ruth Littleton lives across the street from the Woods.

Asher is a nice guy, into music, but interested in Jada. Jada has a high opinion of herself, that no man is immune to her and that she is very beautiful. She also craves extreme excitement. For a while, she was happy to have a sweet and kind boyfriend, but grows bored and tries to convince Asher he should try the extream haunt and survive. That it will make him sexier in her eyes.

Ruth lost her husband, Barry, three years ago and except for joining her neighbors and visits from her sister with one of her sister’s grandchildren, her only enjoyment is the roses in her garden. She meets her new neighbors at a get-together and does not like Phil off the bat. She grows unhappy about the noise from the building of the haunt, then from people coming to do it.

Each of these characters has their own storyline connected to one concerning the haunt, that will lead to something horrible. A mix of suspense with horror (ghosts), it shows how in today’s world of social media, extreme haunts, and different kinds of people with their own agendas, can lead to a breaking point that I never would have guessed for the ending.

I give The Shatter Point 4 sheep.

Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Jon O’Bergh is an author and musician. He was born and raised in Southern California and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of California at Irvine. His latest novel, "The Shatter Point," is a mystery wrapped in a ghost story wrapped in a thriller. He has written two books that link music and stories, and co-authored "Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello." He has also released over a dozen albums in a variety of styles, including the atmospheric album "Ghost Story." After living many years in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., he now spends most of his time in Toronto.

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