Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Review: Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz

Title: Breaking Glass
Author: Lisa Amowitz
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: 9th July 2013

Tell Me About It
On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he's not sure whether they're real or if he's losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.

My Thoughts
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.
Author Bio
Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.

When she hit her teens, she realized that Long Island was too small for her and she needed to escape. So she went to college in Pittsburgh. Go figure.

On leaving college, Lisa became a graphic designer living in New York City. She eventually married her husband of a zillion years, had two lovely children, and was swept away to a fairy tale life in the Bronx, where, unbelievably there are more trees and wilderness than her hometown. She can see the Hudson River from her kitchen window.

Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.

BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014 along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future. So stay tuned because Lisa is very hyper and has to create stuff to stay alive.

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