Length: 192 Pages
Publisher: Orange River Books/Book Baby
Release date: April 16, 2018
Synopsis: Everyone has a breaking point. So begins The Shatter Point, a ghost story wrapped inside a thriller. The novel confronts Internet celebrity, social media culture, and extreme thrills. But it also explores timeless issues of love, loss, and the ways in which we are haunted by our pasts. Weaving layers of truth and fiction, the story challenges the reader’s sense of reality with unexpected twists and turns.
Set in Southern California’s Orange County and historic Pasadena, the plot follows two parallel sets of characters whose lives eventually intersect. Jada Mercer is used to getting her way, and loves danger. She pressures her boyfriend Asher Williams, a musician in a band, 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 past intrudes in unwelcome ways for each character. Donna remains perplexed about a previous marriage that turned sour when the husband became abusive. Her son Billy fears that he inherited his father’s propensity toward violence. Feelings of inadequacy haunt Asher from his years being bullied. Ruth hides a series of traumatic incidents from her youth. Jada’s craving for stimulation leads eventually to disaster. The terrifying consequences unfold step by step as the characters are pushed beyond the shatter point.
In a world haunted by the ghosts of the past—where reality is manufactured for popular consumption—how do we know what is real and what is fake, what is true and what is imagined? After the shatter point, the horror will become all too real.
Jon O’Bergh is an author and musician who loves a good scare. He was born in California and grew up in Orange County, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California at Irvine. He has written two groundbreaking books which link music and stories: Song of Fire and A Book of Hauntings. He has released over a dozen albums in a variety of styles, including the atmospheric album Ghost Story. After many years living in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., he now spends most of his time in Toronto.