A man wakes up in a living room he doesn’t recognize, unable to remember anything about himself. All he has are the few remnants of his identity scattered throughout the house–clues to his past. He soon learns that he is Charles Lang, a brilliant scientist whose wife, Julie, and daughter, Jess, mysteriously disappeared several years ago. Soon, he begins to recover memories–memories that may or may not be his own–and as he does, he realizes that only by uncovering the details of his former life will he have any hope of being reunited with Julie and Jess. A haunting tale of love and longing, fate and free will, and the easily blurred lines between fiction and reality, Glass Shatters explores the risks of trying to reinvent oneself, and the dangers of pushing science to its limits.
When I first started reading this book, I was thinking that it just wasn’t going to be my kind of thing. As I kept reading, the book became more intriguing so I kept reading…
We learn first about Charles, who wakes up having no idea who he is or why his head is bandaged from numerous injuries. With the help of a neighbor, Iris, and her daughter Ava, he learns he is Charles Lang, and that he is a world famous and brilliant scientist. Charles’s story is revealed in alternating glimpses of the past and the present.
Charles begins to have memories of his wife Julie and his daughter Jess. and starts to unravel the reason why they disappeared 2 years go. He begins to wonder whether or not he played a part in their absence. To reveal much more about the plot of this book would be a spoiler, so what I’ll say is that this book kept my attention with its twists and turns from cover to cover. It seemed to drag just a bit in the middle, but picked up before it was a problem for me.
My only warning: be prepared for a strange ending. I’m not telling you if “strange” means good, bad, weird, shocking, normal or whatever – I’m just saying strange. You read it and let me know what you think!
Glass Shatters is a relatively short book (228 pages in my paperback copy). It’s well worth the time it takes to read it. Overall, I’d say I read it in two sessions over the course of two days, If you are big on thrillers/mysteries with a touch of sci-fi and a touch of love story, this is a book for you. Author Michelle Meyers did a great job with this book.
Michelle Meyers is a fiction writer and playwright from Los Angeles, CA. She studied Literary Arts and Writing for Performance at Brown University, and is currently an MFA fiction candidate at the University of Alabama. Meyers’ writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, DOGZPLOT, jmww, Grey Sparrow Journal, and Juked, and she was a 2015 PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellow in Fiction.
This is Michelle’s first novel. You can find her on her Official Website HERE.
Thanks to BookSparks and She Writes Press for the advance reader’s copy of this book in exchange for my honest review as part of their Blog Tour!