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Shattered (Donna Harp #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  27 reviews
After the grisly discovery of a mutilated body, the small community of Greenville is held in the terrifying grip of a serial killer.
Author Jason Denton immediately falls under suspicion, and while Sergeant Underwood is determined to prove his guilt, no matter what h
Paperback, 310 pages
Published December 24th 2011 by KSJ Publishing (first published December 22nd 2011)
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Jud (Disney Diva)
This book really keeps you guessing about whodunit! At times I found myself thinking "No way, they are too obvious" when something happens that makes you think that maybe it is them. I was even suspecting the most unlikely of people. The story is very well written, I am amazed that the author managed to write it without getting the different story lines confused (either that or he has a very good editor!).

I loved that the author stayed away from any kind of romance/romantic relationship with th
King Benson
I read this book in two sitting. When I first started, I stopped halfway due to the demands of my life as a writer. When I had the time to continue it, I just couldn't drop it until the end.
When I finished it, I said 'phew!' I looked up and around. Everything was so different. It was like a welcome-back to my own world.
I've read lots of detective thrillers and I have to admit that Karl Jones is one hell of a writer. The story is very engaging with a surprising twist! The suspense is strong too.
Kate (sleepy kitten)
Karl Jones is a tease of an author, this is a gripping book that keeps you guessing the whole way through. Everytime I thought I knew who the bad guy was, something happened to make me doubt it. The characters were really well formed, they were (almost) all lovely, but none of them were perfect. Instead it was very realistic in having weaknesses and faults even for the sexy Jason (the thought of whom is making me swoon) and heroine (IMO) Donna.

Karl told me I would want more.... he was right!
Fiona (Titch) Hunt
Well, what can I say about this book. It had me gripped from beginning to the end. Had me doubting what I thought I knew and boy I was correct of who did it, but my mind made me think was it that person or not.

A MUST READ for all Thriller fans.
Liane Moonraven
Karl Jones’ debut novel, Shattered, takes place in the small English village, Greenville. Typically a lazy, slow-paced environment, all hell breaks loose when girls are suddenly abducted, violently raped and murdered. With an inept police sergeant and a clueless inspector in charge, it doesn’t take long before things get out of control, the village falls into an uproar and the unknown killer is still roaming free. The new resident in town finds himself the sole suspect as the lopsided investigat ...more
Brandy Dorsch
Ok, I will be as honest as I can be. I am not normally a crime novel fan and it is NEVER my first choice when grabbing a book. I decided to give this one a shot simply because I am fan of the novel that Mr. Jones wrote with Michelle Hughes, 10 Nights.

This is a very clever whodunit and I have to admit it intrigued me. It takes place in the sleepy English town of Greenville. Two teens are brutally murdered and the town is furious and confused. Like most places the first person they look at is the
Desley (Cat fosterer)
If you don’t like reading very graphic scenes of an upsetting nature, and don’t like reading lots of profanity, then I would suggest you avoid this book. If you can read past it (I found the first 5% to be worse), then I would recommend it, as the story is quite good – a sleepy village shaken by a series of brutal murders, and prejudices against a newcomer - will they be able to find the killer? There is no shortage of suspects, and it does keep you guessing till the end. There are definitely ch ...more
Yolanda Davis
This was a nice, easy to read, murder mystery. Set in a small English village; young girls are being raped and murdered. The local police sergeant seems to think it's the new guy in town, an outsider to the village, and lets everyone know who he suspects knowing they will take the law into their own hands.Despite what the sergeant thinks, a young wpc, Donna Harp, is open to the idea that there may be another suspect and has to go above her boss and then hatch a plan to catch the real killer.
I di
Cheryl M-M
Where to start? First of all I have to say it was a brilliant crime/murder story, especially for a debut novel. However I also have to say that there is not only explicit language, but also detailed graphic violence. To the point where I think this book will become like a pot of marmite, because you have readers that will not read anything with bad language and/or violence. So it will probably fall into a niche, when it comes to genre. There is def. a market with readers that enjoy their materia ...more
I read and enjoyed two short stories by this author and felt his work showed enough potential for me to anticipate liking 'Shattered’, which is his debut novel.

Jason Denton recently moved to the village of Greenville. Formerly a police Detective Inspector in Bournemouth, he is now a writer of crime books, both fictional and true crime.

Shortly after he arrives in the village, teenage girls go missing. They are found raped and murdered. Rather strangely, the investigations are left to Sergeant Und
Lynda Kelly
I quite liked this story and would definitely give the sequel a go if there's one done. There were a few too many mistakes in it for my liking, though. And it's touted as the Donna Harp series but it didn't especially concentrate on her nor tell us very much about her at all. She was featured no more or less than others in the story including her most unpleasant superior Sergeant Underwood.
There were odd missing words in sentences like lot or a and then odd words like to repeated twice in one se
Debbie Bennett
Reminded me of crime author Karen Rose and will appeal to her market. This was a story I wanted to return to when I should have been doing other things - always the sign of a good book! Yes, there are some graphic scenes but the first line was a great hook. I'm not sure that the rest of the book lived up to the first scene, though, and that may be both a good and a bad thing: those who think the sample is too violent - persevere as there is a great story further in; those who buy because they li ...more
Lalo Lafleur
This was a very good story. Well written, well told. I was worried up until the very end, I was not sure who the bad guy was. It kept me guessing. This has all the hallmarks of a good thriller. The person under suspicion for the murders is the new guy in a small town in England. A writer and retired police officer, his approach to the murders is very professional. The small town cop who is heading up the investigation decides early on that he has the murderer. The characters are as well woven as ...more
Author Jason Denton discovers a body while on his morning run, and puts himself in the crosshairs of a policeman bent on proving him guilty of the crime. A newcomer to the small village, he makes a convenient target. As more bodies pile up, the excessive savagery of the murders convinces the policeman he must stop Denton at any cost. This account is also a treatise on the fallibility of the justice system and how easy it is to destroy an innocent person.

The story is well-written, but the murders
I started this book and couldn't put it down. The author did a wonderful job trying to keep you in suspense in who the real killer was. The reason why I didn't give the book a 5 star rating was the ending it was abrupt and I didn't feel it was complete. I would have like to have known if Mr.Denton fell in love with the constable since the author port-raid she had interest in him.There was also some loose ends in the book to like about Mr.Denton and his ex wife and child they were in 1 chapter an ...more
The book itself was actually pretty good. But then you get to the last page and find out you HAVE to buy the next "episode" (i.e., book) to find out what happens. Screw that. It's a shame too, because it was really well written.
Violet Patterson
I am so impressed with Shattered. A trusted friend suggested this to me as a break from my usual selections - I could not be happier! Shattered is well written with excellent character development and an exciting plot line.

I don't believe in spoilers in reviews so I am simply going to say be prepared to hate a few characters and understand there are some graphic scenes. That said, I found these characters to be multi-dimensional and very real. The graphic scenes were realistic and in my opinion
I enjoyed reading shattered, it has everything a great crime thriller needs. I hope there will be more in the series and we get to know Donna Harp a little better.
Jason Underwood is a retired Detective Sergeant who decides to write books about crimes rather than take the initial reports. However life in a new town proves to be a little more than he wanted when he is accused of brutal murders. This story pulls you in from the very beginning with gruesome murder scenes. I loved it! The only downside is the abrupt ending that leaves you wondering about the fate of half the characters in the book! Amazing read, I will be looking for more work by this author. ...more
This is a great read. I found the character of DI Underwood to be totally annoying and whilst i know the author wanted to show how inept he was, some of the lines written also were a tad annoying.
After reading reviews here, many people had no idea who 'done it' but i thought it was pretty obvious from early on and for me the books because about Underwoods obsession with Jason Denton.
The book got better and better and had me gripped till the end.
Cracking debut novel.
Marla Watson
Good book. Nicely paced, believable characters. The ending was pretty easy to figure out half way through the book but it's not predictable which is a plus. This book is not for the squeamish or for women (or men) who don't like violence. If you're okay with that stuff, it's definitely worth a read.
Lee Holz
Shattered is a thriller with elements of the classic British police procedural who-done-it mystery. Fast-paced and action packed with well-developed and engaging characters, it is a highly enjoyable page-turner.
Jacqui Kirkpatrick
Very engaging story, but I did feel that the ending let down the book somewhat. I will buy the second book in the series though, and I will search out the author's other works
Gloria Moulder
I love mysteries and Karl's book was very entertaining. It kept my attention to the end. I recommend it to anyone who loves to read mystery.
I liked it very much. I could not put it down until I knew who the killer was!! Great book, will recommend to friends for sure.
couldn't really get into it..
The premise of the story was good but the ending was too predictable.
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