Friday, July 5, 2013
Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz (Review)
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.
I'm not sure why but I didn't realize this was a ghost story. I thought Jeremy's friend left him messages to decipher after she died, but there really is a ghost! I was excited by this because we all know I love paranormal. But before I get to the ghost, let me say that Amowitz does such a great job with Jeremy's character. We really see him break in this book when his female best friend goes missing after a fight with her boyfriend. Susannah happens to be the girl Jeremy's secretly been in love with for years but never confessed his feelings to because she was dating his best friend, so you can imagine how torn up he is after she disappears, especially since he thinks his best friend, Ryan, is the one who killed her.
Susannah leaves a package for Jeremy, which is delivered by a girl who goes to school with them and also works for several families in town to earn money. Her most recent job is to help Jeremy keep up with his classes, which he's missing because the night Susannah disappeared, Jeremy was in a car accident and lost his leg. His recovery was done really well. I felt his pain and frustration. And it only intensifies when he ends up bringing Susannah's ghost back to help him discover how and why she disappeared.
There are twists and turns everywhere. No one and nothing is what it seems, which I loved. This is a great mystery that really delves into the human mind.
Just for fun: Would you follow a trail left for you by a ghost?