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The Shatter Point

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Everyone has a breaking point. So begins Jon O'Bergh's suspenseful novel, The Shatter Point, an intriguing study of contemporary society wrapped inside a ghost story that is wrapped inside in a thriller. The novel confronts issues such as Internet celebrity, social media culture, and extreme thrills. But it also explores timeless issues of love, loss, and the ways in which ...more
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Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, paranormal, drama
I want to thank Jon O'Bergh (the author) for giving this book to me for a honest review only.

Shatter Point interested me because it was listed as a paranormal story. I thought the book was more of a suspenseful type of read with a few hints of paranormal happening. The story starts out slowly yet very interesting and keeps quietly building, where you're feeling comfortable and reaches a great shocker of an ending. The characters are laid out in the beginning of the book with nice detail and hist
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the author for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Have you ever wanted to test yourself to see what you were capable of surviving? What horrors do you think you can withstand? Well, at Horror Place you can sign up to find out. A place where you are tortured for an evening – being blindfolded, tied up, covered in blood, locked in a coffin are just some of the examples. Why would you subject yourself to this? Well, as some extreme challenge to see what your breaking poin
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Asher wants nothing more than to impress his girlfriend, whilst she wants nothing more than to gain esteem through social media. Then there's Donna and Phil, new to Acacia Lane and eager to embrace their love of Halloween and all it represents, much to their neighbour's displeasure. Unknown to them all, something will inevitably bring them together, and possibly even bring chaos to their uneventful lives.

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

I received this book in exchange for an hones
I honestly wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this story. Was it going to be horror? Or more of a thriller? That uncertainty stayed in place for most of my reading experience, but in the end I would say it's a character focused, slow burning thriller.

Now to rip off the bandaid so I can get to the good stuff. Something about the ending just didn't fully land with me. I didn't find it bad by any means, it just didn't seem to have quite enough tension to have the impact I really wanted from i
Brennan LaFaro
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up

Jon O'Bergh's The Shatter Point is a tough book to pigeonhole as far as genre is concerned. It fits nicely into the thriller mold, but that doesn't get you anywhere close to a complete picture. There are elements of ghost story and even a touch of slasher horror. Psychological horror may be the most apt description, as The Shatter Point seeks to examine people under stress, and what happens when they reach their breaking point.

O'Bergh sets up the type of story where we begi
Hilary (SongsWroteMyStory)
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My first thought when I started getting into this book was that I'd read it at the wrong time of year. This is one of those books that are absolutely perfect in those days counting down to Halloween. Not quite scary, but just enough that it gets under your skin the exact right amount to make you think of pumpkins and changing leaves and stuff like that.

When a book is described as a society study, thriller, and ghost
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Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
"Everyone has a breaking point." Beware of Horror Place―the most shocking extreme haunt in the world.

Welcome to Horror Place, a place of humiliating torture if you go by the video of that poor girl.

Story follows the lives of several characters. Jada and Asher are a young couple that couldn't be more different; Ruth is an aging widow battling feelings of loss and regret; and Phil and Donna Woods, owners of Horror Place. The reader delves deep into the psyche of these characters. For instance, As
Ramona Plant
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Shatter Point is an interesting read by Jon O'Bergh. The author came up with an interesting concept in which he for the most part followed 3 different story lines, the one Asher, the one of the Horror Place and Ruth's story and how these intertwine and overlap. There are some very well hidden twists in this story that had me going "no way", which I really appreciated. Overall the pace of the book was slightly on the faster side. There are definitely a few parts of the book that could benefit ...more
B.P. Gregory
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
What Are We Reading?: The Shatter Point, by Jon O'Bergh

Rating: 3.5/5 Glowing Roses

Give Me The Short Version: Violence simmers beneath seemingly perfect suburbia.

The Shatter Point is an unusual book, more horror-leaning than outright genre. In hindsight I believe I wasn't quite the right audience as I don't have a great love of reading about ordinary everyday life; but read on, as this might be exactly the story you're looking for.

The Shatter Point undertakes a patient, thoughtful character study
Happy Booker
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Shatter Point is a horror fiction written in the Pasadena. Donna and Phil have moved into a neighborhood and create a place called the torture place. They tape the experience and then post it online.

The book is a perfect Halloween gift. It contained every delicious horror content one strives from at this time of the year. The story certainly contained a thrilling status of its own with characters that engaged the reader, wanting to know more as I read along. The pace was slow which sometime
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A character-driven horror story that poses the question of how far someone would go after being pushed to the brink. I thought the book is well-written and the characters fully realised. Each character has their own motivation and their natural conflict with one another was intriguing. There are many points of view which helps to show their thoughts and misunderstanding, but this also hinders the story's development. I thought there would be more to the plot. The story felt more like a domestic ...more
Pamela Scott
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it

(copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed)

This is my first time reading the author. I really enjoyed The Shatter Point, much more than I expected to. This book is more of an intense suspense novel with paranormal overtones. The characters were well-written and really come to life. I like the way the novel is structured with each chapter focusing on multiple characters. The story builds slowly and becomes more and more intense as the characters become
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked 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.

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Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book for an honest blog review.
The Shatter Point follows the intertwining lives of both young and old characters struggling with their pasts, their futures, and the pressures bearing down on them. A thriller with a slow build and a genuinely shocking ending, O'Bergh does a great job of bringing social media into literature and having a real twenty first century story.
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Jon O’Bergh is an author and musician who loves a good scare. He has written two groundbreaking books which link music and stories: "Song of Fire," a memoir about the role of music in our lives, and the short story collection "A Book of Hauntings." With the publication of his first novel, "The Shatter Point," he continues to link music and writing in a unique way. He also co-authored "Elliptical: ...more

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