Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Review: Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz
I have had Breaking Glass on my wishlist for a while, when the chance came to review it as part of the blog tour for Spencer Hill Press I jumped at the chance. While I am going to try and do this book justice, I am also going to be vague about what transpires in the pages as I don't want to ruin the book for future readers.
Ryan Morgan is cheating on his girlfriend Susannah. She finds out when she returns home earlier as a surprise and ends up drives off with Ryan following, and then Jeremy following close behind. Jeremy finds them and sees them arguing, then ends up in a crash, waking up with vague memory of what happened but no firm facts. To make it worse there is no sign of Susannah.
Breaking Glass is sectioned with numerical chapters, but within these chapters there are also Then and Now narratives, giving us the history between this trio, but also what is happening now, after the crash. The chapters follow Jeremy as he is dealing with a lot of issues, the loss of his mother, his leg injury that quickly results in the loss of his leg, trying to find the truth about what happened to Susannah, the nefarious Mr Patrick Walker, and the mysterious goings on.
Jeremy is the protagonist, and initially I didn't know how to take him, I thought he was sad, lonely, and self deprecating, but as the story progresses and we get to see more of Jeremy's personality coming out, both the good and the bad parts of him, I did begin to feel sad for him and what he is trying to deal unsuccessfully with. Ryan has to learn to grow, to deal with the hand he has been given and find some way to find comfort in all of his losses. He also has a lot of people on hand to help him out, one of these is Marisa, who is helping him study for classes and eventually is brought in a Jeremy's sidekick in his sleuthing.
Breaking Glass was a lot more mystery than I expected, but this only added to the story. I continuously found myself trying to put the hints together and come up with the end result before I was told what was really happening. Lisa has written a book that certainly grabs hold right to the very last page and weaves a tale of mystery, suspense and supernatural goings on seamlessly into the plot, and while it wasn't what I expected I still found it a captivating and enjoyable read.