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Breaking Glass

Breaking Glass - Lisa Amowitz This review and others are posted at Read, Rinse, Repeat.

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.