The Shatter Point

Fiction - Horror
192 Pages
Reviewed on 04/18/2018
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Shatter Point by Jon O'Bergh, the town of Pasadena is the haunting backdrop to this tale of feuds, dangerous dares and horror stories of the past. Donna and Phil have just moved into the neighbourhood and share a love of everything dark and eerie. Phil and Donna’s son, Billy, decides to create a place of simulated torture called the Horror Place, where volunteers can experience extreme terror. The videos are then posted online for viewers to watch. Jada manipulates her timid new boyfriend, Asher, to visit the Horror Place and what takes place makes Asher seek revenge for all the times he has been bullied in his life. Meanwhile, Donna's neighbour, Ruth, has strange visitors to her home at night, causing weird occurrences; are they real or a figment of her imagination? Could it be her late father or something more sinister? The Horror Place is going to live up to its name in a final showdown of extreme violence, but who will be its victim?

If you enjoy a story that has twists, turns and surprises throughout, then Shatter Point by Jon O'Bergh is a perfect book for you. The way the writer has woven such detail into his characters and story lines is amazing. Each character is well constructed, especially the violent Billy and manipulative Jada. The author is a master of suspense that is so realistic it touches every one of your senses and gives you haunting goosebumps. A superb story from start to finish with tension, excitement, and thrills throughout. The occurrences in Ruth’s house were truly spooky. The ending was not what I was expecting. I would never have guessed the true killer. When I thought I knew what was going to happen, the author would take me in another direction. This is a perfect story for anyone who likes a good horror and whodunit mystery.

Jack Magnus

The Shatter Point is a contemporary horror novel written by Jon O'Bergh. Horror Place was the brainchild of Phil and Donna Woods. They had just moved into their new home in Pasadena, and Donna had spent a few minutes chatting with an elderly neighbor from across the street. Ruth Littleton had lived there for decades with her husband of 38 years. It had seemed particularly unfair to Ruth that he had died three years ago, just before he was due to retire. All their plans for their retirement years had died along with him. Ruth’s sole pride and joy was her garden of roses; her gardening skills were unsurpassed in their neighborhood. She seemed to take a strange pride in telling Donna that Halloween was barely in evidence at all in their little neighborhood. Very few kids ventured out on that or any evening. Phil had always been a huge fan of Halloween -- ever since his parents had made a big deal out of it each year as he was growing up. When they discussed the issue, Donna’s adult son, Billy, actually came up with the suggestion that they offer an “extreme haunt” that ran all year long instead of just on Halloween. It would be for adults and offer the daredevils out there a chance to prove themselves.

Jon O'Bergh’s contemporary horror novel, The Shatter Point, is a taut and absorbing psychological thriller that takes a chilling look at the things that make people snap. While the Horror Place is an obvious stressor designed, in the end, to do just that, there are plenty of other forces at work in this compelling and well-written story. O’Bergh explores the darker aspects of social media: the obsession with followers and likes, and the manipulation of others in pursuit of social media fame. The actual videos made of the Horror Place visitors seem mild when compared to the viciousness of the comments they evoke when posted. The Shatter Point sparkles with dark energy, which seems to emanate from a quiet, tree-lined suburban street whose underlying forces are ignited with one fell swoop. O’Bergh’s plot is intricate and twisty, and his characters are credible and, sometimes, downright scary. The Shatter Point is most highly recommended.

Jessica Barbosa

Jon O'Bergh's The Shatter Point focuses on two different lives set in Orange County, Southern California. Asher Williams is pressured by his girlfriend, Jada Mercer, to prove himself by undergoing the trials of the trending haunt, the Horror Place, which is owned by Phil and Donna Woods. The Woods have their own problems in the form of an ongoing feud with Ruth Littleton and the disturbing past of an abusive relationship and a troubled son. These two lives eventually intersect and their stories, mistakes, and choices create a mesmerizing path that will eventually lead them to a breaking point they didn't expect to see coming.

The Shatter Point is a fascinating, thrilling, exciting read that is so much more than a horror story wrapped in mystery. It focuses on different individuals' personalities - Ruth, Asher, Jada, Donna, Phil, Billy - and delves into a person's limitations and the effects of social media, social expectations, divorce, abusive relationships, and many more common modern problems on a person's psyche. The subject matter and the plot itself are intense. What makes this story even more unique and impressive is how O'Bergh manages to perfectly turn these elements into essential ingredients that will brew the best thriller I have ever read. This is a story that will lull you into a false sense of security and just when you think you have everything figured out and have all the characters understood, it will pull the rug out from under you with a final twist and an unexpected ending I definitely did not see coming.