Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
From New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry comes a novel that puts a bold new spin on the supernatural thriller.
Rain Thomas is a mess. Seven years an addict and three difficult years clean. Racked by guilt for the baby she gave up for adoption when she was sixteen. Still grieving for the boy’s father who died in Iraq. Alone, discarded by her family, with only the damaged members of her narcotics anonymous meetings as friends. Them, and the voices in her head.
One morning, on the way to a much-needed job interview, she borrows reading glasses to review her resume. There is a small crack in one lens and through that damaged slice of glass she sees a young boy go running down the aisle of the subway train. Is he screaming with laughter or just screaming? When she tries to find the boy, he’s gone and no one has seen him.
The day spins out of control. Rain loses whole chunks of time. She has no idea where her days went. The voices she hears are telling her horrible things. And even stranger things are happening. Unsure whether she is going insane, Rain sets out to find answers to long buried questions about an earlier life she has avoided for years—in what may be the most dangerous collision of all, that between reality and nightmare.
How far will one person go to save someone they love?
Read on at your own peril…
About: Glimpse is a supernatural thriller written by Jonathan Maberry. It was published on 3/27/2018 by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 352 pages. The genres are thriller, supernatural, mystery, and fiction. According to Macmillan’s website, “St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Glimpse on 8/16/2018 and read it up to page 124 by 9/9/2018. I tried to get into this book but it’s just plain weird. The main character, Rain, is a bit depressing to read about. I do like the mystery to her missing day and the unknown of objects she received as well as the supernatural mysteries. The weird dreams and sights Rain sees got my adrenaline going. Her dreams are from weird to disturbing and same goes with other characters.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Lorraine (Rain) Thomas, 26, as she gets ready to go to a job interview. She’s a recovering drug addict and has been clean for 1016 days and counting. Her close friends are recoverees she met at the Narcotic Anonymous Meetings. Readers will also follow other point of views as well. She lives in a tiny apartment that is mostly too cold for comfort. On the train to the interview, she wants to review her study materials to pass the time but found out she forgot her reading glasses. The woman next to Rain offers her a pair of glasses. While studying, she notices from the corner of her eye a boy screaming or laughing, but when she look up for a proper look, the boy is no longer there as well as the old woman sitting next to her. Also when she arrives to the interview she found out that she was a day late and she couldn’t remember what happened during that missing day. Two other point of views are a guy on a skateboard and Alyson, Rain’s mom. This book is told in the present with Rain experiencing seeing things where others couldn’t to flashbacks of her attending Narcotic Anonymous meetings in the past. Through Rain’s flashbacks, dreams, memories, and inner thoughts, readers and Rain will be able to make sense of what is happening to her.
Glimpse is unlike any thrillers I have read before. It’s well written but the past and present timeline slow me down. I think the main character is an unreliable narrative because she doesn’t understand what’s going on with her. She’s seeing people on the streets in which she might have seen them in her dreams. Readers follow multiple point of views and they seem to experience the same weird stuffs as Rain but they don’t confide in each other, except Rain and Sticks. If you are looking for a weird read, this book is definitely for you!
Pro: fast paced some parts, dreams/nightmares, mysteries, supernatural, short chapters
Con: weird & depressing story
I rate it 3 stars!
About the Author:
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author and 5-time Bram Stoker Award-winner. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, and steampunk, for adults, teens and middle grade. His works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, Rot & Ruin, Mars One, and Captain America, which is in development for a feature film. He writes comics for Marvel, Dark Horse and IDW and is the editor of such high-profile anthologies as The X-Files, V-Wars, Out of Tune, Baker Street Irregular, Nights of the Living Dead, and Scary Out There. He lives in Del Mar, California. (Info & photo obtained from St. Martin’s website).
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