Review and Giveaway: Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz

July 8, 2013 4 - 4.5 Stars, Ghosts, Giveaway, Lisa Amowitz, Male POV, Mystery, Paranormal 13 ★★★★

Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz
Published by Spencer Hill Press on July 9, 2013
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal
Pages: 297
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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.
Jeremy Glass has a lot on his plate.  His mother committed suicide when he was young.  He’s been in love with Susannah since they were children, but when they became teenagers, his best friend, Ryan, got the girl.  Jeremy attempts to numb himself with alcohol, and one night, he makes an ill-fated decision to drive drunk, leading to an accident that causes him to lose his leg.  That same night, Ryan and Susannah fight, and Susannah disappears.  Whew!

As Jeremy attempts to find out what happened to Susannah, he begins to uncover long-buried secrets of his parents and of his friends’ parents that may be tied to Susannah’s disappearance.  There is a large cast of secondary characters, all of whom may be key to the central plot.  Jeremy is also suspicious of Ryan, who can’t give a good accounting of exactly how Susannah disappeared.  There were so many entanglements among the adults, both in the present and in flashbacks to their teen years, it was difficult to keep track of everyone.  However, the presence of the adults’ back-stories added some very intriguing elements to the plot.

My feelings about Susannah swung wildly during the course of the book.  Initially she seemed pretty harmless; she was Jeremy’s unrequited love, although she, perhaps, took a bit too much pleasure in that.  As time progressed, her behavior seemed a bit more sinister and destructive.  However, by the end of the book, Amowitz revealed so much more depth to Susannah, and she gave very plausible and very heart-breaking reasons for Susannah’s behavior.  On the other hand, it was always easy to sympathize with Jeremy, even when he made some terrible decisions.

There were some truly frightening moments, and at various times, different characters’ lives were at risk.  Is Susannah alive?  Is she dead?  Jeremy experiences some eerie “visitations,” but he doesn’t know if it’s the ghost of Susannah or something else.  The spooky tone of Breaking Glass kept me intrigued through the final pages.

Recommended for: Fans of spooky ghost stories like In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters.

Note: The publisher provided me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Review posted at Goodreads.

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13 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz”

  1. Kbaby81

    If there are tables and chairs on the way to the exit, then I’d climb on those all the way to the door. If It’s an empty room, I’d tread really slow to the door.

  2. Tina Van Dyn Hoven

    I would use the clothing I’m wearing (if any) to either sweep away some of the glass or step on it to walk across the room. Otherwise, I would climb on furniture or just walk slowly. Funny that you mention this – I was just watching an episode of Criminal Minds where a girl was in this situation! she used her clothing to sweep glass out of the way (:

  3. Romily Bernard

    Hmmm. If I had time, I’d used clothing to sweep away the glass. If I’m being chased, I’m running flat out. Sheer cowardice should get me through

    I think I’m definitely going to pick this one up

  4. Taylor Knight

    I’d make a path by carefully brushing the glass out the way with my hands. If the glass looks really sharp, I’d take off my shirt and cover my hand(s) so I wouldn’t get cut.

  5. Jay Riv

    Find a route where there is the least glass (and preferably bigger pieces) and the use my clothing to push the glass to the side, making a path to the door. If I am wearing shows, I may just carefully nudge the glass aside and walk normally without using my clothes

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