Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Review: Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz

Breaking Glass
Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz
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.


Publishes in US: July 9th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press
Genre: YA
Source: Spencer Hill Press
Series? No

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    I liked this dark and twisty book and connected with Jeremy.  He was a complicated character with a lot of problems, and only found more as the book went along. It was very realistic when dealing with the medical aspects though. He lost a leg and had a long battle to healing and recovery, and none of it was skimmed over. 
    Jeremy is such a joker on the outside, but underneath, he is dealing with a lot. He has issues with water, ptsd, drinking, and then he, the track star, lost his leg. 
    There are several players in this story, and I never knew what to think, what happened to Suzannah, or what other secrets were floating around. It was quite a journey as Jeremy tried to uncover truths, and struggled with himself whether he was insane, and I, as the reader, often wondered that as well since his mother had the history of mental illness. 
    For the most part it feels like a contemporary, but there are scenes with ghostly presences, and seeming messages and dreams from beyond the grave, so it mostly read like a mystery and thriller, and a good one at that. 
   I liked the ending, and though at a couple of parts it felt a bit rushed to tie up all of the ends, it definitely left me flipping through the pages needing to find the answers to the questions unearthed in the book. Everything was answered and although there were a few people that didn't quite get their hea, they still have the best possible for what the story threw at them. 

Bottom Line: Dark mystery that left me flipping pages eager to know what happens.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
If you had to pick, lose an arm or a leg?
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  1. I am a sucker for the dark mysteries. So this is certainly something I will be looking for. Great review!

  2. I love dark, gritty and realistic tales with mystery. I am so glad his issues weren't glossed over and am curious about what happened. Wonderful review Brandi!

  3. Ah, it seems emotional and dark. I'm glad you liked the MC. It's nice that it's mostly a contemporary since I've discovered I like them the best and a light supernatural touch makes it even more interesting. Fab review, Brandi!

  4. I am in need of a good mystery. Sounds great.

  5. SOunds like a pretty good read :) I was tempted to signup for this one. Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  6. Err... I'll pick the arm. I'm going to add it to my list :-)

  7. Ahh neither.... I would really hate to lose an arm or a leg. The cover alone screams creepy and I totally want to read this now!

  8. Despite the slightly rushed ending, I'm glad you liked this one. I haven't heard much about it but like the sound of the premise. Great review, Brandi!

  9. Great review! It does sound like it would be a pretty good mystery, not sure I'd pick it up, though :)

    Magen Corrie

  10. Hm... this is one I wouldn't have picked up, but now I'm curious. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  11. This sounds interesting! I'm actually trying to stay away from series and pick up more stand alones.

  12. well at last they have a good end, I don't know if it's for me I confess, it seems really dark.

  13. Losing a limb is traumatic. I don't know if I'd like this type of dark mystery but I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it overall. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Glad you enjoyed the mystery! I think it would be devastating to lose a limb, especially if you're a track star. This sounds like an interesting read, and I can overlook the rushed ending if everything that came before is good. Lovely review!

  15. OOo this one sounds good! I like the sound of a dark mystery with a ghostly presence. Great review, thanks for sharing!

  16. I have to admit that I wasn't originally interested in this book because of its cover (cover judging again, I know), but you review has definitely intrigued me! Most authors tend to gloss over the hard stuff in books, so I'm glad to see that it wasn't the case here. I think I'd enjoy this, too, even with the rushed ending. Great review!

  17. sounds intriguing; glad it's relatively realistic in the end.

    as for the question, I might say lose a leg.


  18. A track star losing his leg sounds like quite the struggle. The added thriller aspects to the contemporary seem like a lot of fun. So glad this one was a page-turner! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  19. Glad you were able to enjoy this one more than I did I really enjoyed the mystery but Susannah grrrr.

    If I had to pick I'd choose a leg... I talk with my hands too much and idk seems like the better choice of two crappy choices.

    Great review

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  20. I completely agree! I am reading this one now and really liking it. I can't believe so many people are saying they would rather lose a leg! Lol. If I could choose, I rather lose an arm. Of course, I don't want to lose anything ;)

  21. I'm so happy to see that this book has a great mystery. I hope I'll get a chance to read it :) Great review.

  22. I can't imagine losing an arm or a leg! How awful! I 'm really tempted to read this one now :)


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