The Shatter Point

The Shatter Point

by Jon O'Bergh

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The Shatter Point by Jon O'Bergh


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 we are haunted by our pasts. Weaving layers of truth and fiction, the story challenges our 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 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 past intrudes in unwelcome ways for each character. Donna remains troubled by 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. Much more than just a ghost story, the novel is a study of individuals under stress. The curious reader will discover different layers of reality versus fiction within the book. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543931051
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 05/20/2018
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


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. A fan of ghost stories and horror movies, Jon came up with the idea for The Shatter Point after watching a documentary about extreme haunts. 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, where he is working on another thriller.

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The Shatter Point 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Lovz-Books 6 months ago
"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, Asher has always been the quiet loner and has displayed violent tendencies in retaliation to his abuse from bullies. Interesting enough, the lives of these characters intersect in subtle and intricate ways; however, they also ripple out to other lesser-known characters, which I thought might've been unnecessary. A good portion is on the construction and development of Horror Place. I sort of thought that the place already existed, so there was a little confusion there. In actuality, the scariness doesn't really have much to do with Horror Place at all; instead, it's on the shatter point of the characters―they're "snap" moment. There was some definitive potential there. Well-versed and impeccably detailed. In fact, I can almost say it's too detailed. I mean, it really goes deep into the lives and background of each primary, secondary, and tertiary character―damn near everyone actually. I just thought that there were too many characters tightly clustered together in this tiny, compact novelette of seven lengthy chapters. It was almost hard to keep track. I liked the historical significance and references to So Cal and the OC. After all, I'm a Cali girl myself. The book is enriched with historical facts, which may have taken away from the story a little. The author's exploration of psychological effects of emotional stress and turmoil was surely intriguing, and there were some suspenseful moments; however, it wasn't quite what I was expecting.
JeyranMain 7 months ago
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 sometimes annoyed me but I felt that made the ending sweeter. The story did certainly mix a ghost story into the character development. The work contained much creativity and that I think made it different from other thriller stories. The storyline is told from a third person. I would have preferred this to be done from a one-way perspective. While it did provide a wider view of things, it would have been more intense had it been told from a certain character. People who enjoy horror stories would find this book to be refreshing. I believe the author has potential in producing good material.
AuthorPamelaKKinney More than 1 year ago
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.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
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.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite 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.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite 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.