Glimpse
How far would you be willing to go to save those you love? Rain is a young woman trying to rebuild herself after years of drug addiction and abuse. Ten years ago, at age sixteen, she gave up her baby after the father, her first love, dies in Iraq. Now, three years clean and on the way to a job interview, Rain borrows a pair of reading glasses from an old lady on a Brooklyn train. The lenses are cracked and through the crack she catches a glimpse of a little boy running and screaming. The boy looks so much like Rain’s dead lover. Like their son must look now. Rain realizes that the glasses give her quick glimpses of her lost son, Dylan, who needs her to find him. Dylan is important to our damaged, hopeless world. But he’s in terrible trouble because evil creatures - the Shadow People - are trying to corrupt and destroy him. If Dylan dies, then hope dies. But how does a recovering junkie fight supernatural monsters? And how far will one woman go to save her lost son?

Glimpse Details

TitleGlimpse
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 27th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250065261
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Horror, Adult

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Glimpse Review

  • Michael Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    Forced to give up her child at the age of sixteen, recovering drug addict Rain now lives a life in the shadows of regret and plagued by nightmares. When she finds herself running extraordinarily late for a job interview, she's discovers she's even later than imagined - Rain has, inexplicably, lost an entire day and has no memory of the twenty-four hours between Thursday and Saturday. Dejected, Rain encounters a mysterious woman on her train ride home who gives her a pair of cracked glasses and t Forced to give up her child at the age of sixteen, recovering drug addict Rain now lives a life in the shadows of regret and plagued by nightmares. When she finds herself running extraordinarily late for a job interview, she's discovers she's even later than imagined - Rain has, inexplicably, lost an entire day and has no memory of the twenty-four hours between Thursday and Saturday. Dejected, Rain encounters a mysterious woman on her train ride home who gives her a pair of cracked glasses and then vanishes. When looking through the fractured lens, Rain catches glimpse of people otherwise unseen...including a strange young boy in the company of an even stranger, older man - a man she knows as Doctor Nine, a man who has been haunting her nightmares.Jonathan Maberry is a hugely prolific author, and one that I wish I could say I've read more of over the years. Although he's perhaps best known for his Joe Ledger series, I've only previously read his zombie stuff, the YA Rot & Ruin series and Dead of Night. I enjoyed those five titles quite a lot, but they did little to prepare me for what to expect here. Glimpse is a far cry from those zombie thrillers, and Maberry crafts here a complicated, twisty, layered work of horror. I spent a good long while puzzling over how the various pieces and characters fit together while Maberry constructed and slowly built this tapestry of damaged characters and haunting encounters within New York and the strange, ethereal land of The Fire Zone. This is an assuredly more complex story than those earlier, straight-forward zombie pulps. It also has a surprising amount of depth to it, and the amount of information and story within belies the page count. When I say Glimpse feels like a much longer work, I mean this in the best possible sense. This one's a dense little sucker, hefty in its ideas and methodical execution.Glimpse also feels a heck of a lot like the offspring of Joe Hill's NOS4A2, and I couldn't help but wonder how inspired Maberry was by that earlier work, or if this book would have existed without Hill's influence. There's a lot of commonalities between the two books, circling a number of similar themes and occurrences, and while they share a lot of the same genetic material (a strange villain capable of maneuvering between this world and another by way of a uniquely identifiable classic car, and The Fire Zone is almost a direct inverse of Christmasland), Glimpse stands well enough on its own, and Maberry is certainly comfortable enough in his own authorial skin, for this work to feel similar without being a derivative retread of the other. At it's core, Maberry is writing about hope and redemption, of fighting for a better life in times of hopelessness. I would have liked to have seen more of the nicely creepy Doctor Nine, but the apocalyptic intonations and mythological folklore baked into the character are absolutely wonderful. Glimpse slowly builds toward a catastrophic, potentially apocalyptic, climax whose scale so terrifyingly casts a huge shadow over the characters that you can't help but feel a foreboding sense of hopelessness. The question then, of course, is how, or even if, Rain and her small support group of recovering addicts, can possibly overcome the all-encompassing terror surrounding them. It's heady stuff, and Maberry does a remarkable job strumming all the various strings he's pulled together here. Glimpse is loaded with great characters, and I'd be remiss not to mention the tattooed psychic PI, Monk, who deserves a book of his own one day, and some very well depicted moments of fright and terror. All of this is wrapped up in a mind- and time-bending, perfectly executed, package.[Note: I received an advanced copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley.]
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    #netgalley #GlimpseJonathan Maberry has a creepy, twisty novel that will keep you on your toes. Rain is a woman, who is cracking mentally. She has become haunted and obsessed about an infant she gave up for adoption years before. While her mental health struggles, she finds a pair of cracked glasses, in them she has a vision of a child being chased by a man. The child looks eerily like her dead ex-boyfriend, who was the father of her child she gave up for adoption. Rain begins to find herself ch #netgalley #GlimpseJonathan Maberry has a creepy, twisty novel that will keep you on your toes. Rain is a woman, who is cracking mentally. She has become haunted and obsessed about an infant she gave up for adoption years before. While her mental health struggles, she finds a pair of cracked glasses, in them she has a vision of a child being chased by a man. The child looks eerily like her dead ex-boyfriend, who was the father of her child she gave up for adoption. Rain begins to find herself chasing after this boy or is she chasing hallucinations or ghosts? Maberry does an excellent job of twisting your mind to where you aren't even sure if Rain is hallucinating or if she might actually be leading herself down a rabbit hole of no return. You won't be sorry reading this book. It is a definite mind binder.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. I am a long time fan of Jonathan Mayberry. This was a different sort of book from what I am used to from him. It was a mind bender and the mystery in this story kept me guessing until the very end. I very much enjoyed this! Had a little bit of urban fantasy in the mix. It was an on the edge of your seat, flipping the pages type of book. 4.5#stmattinspress
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  • Lou Jacobs
    January 1, 1970
    Enter a world where magic is real. And the difficulties of dealing with Guilt and Grief are all pervasive .... This is nothing like the Joe Ledger books .. but rather , a unique, supernatural chiller tour de force. The "Cracked World Society": a group of 4 addicts fight for sobriety. All with memories of loss and pain and failure and descent into addiction. "Rain" (Lorraine) Thomas is are main protagonist and is a "hot mess" She circles the drain of life for seven years with multiple types of a Enter a world where magic is real. And the difficulties of dealing with Guilt and Grief are all pervasive .... This is nothing like the Joe Ledger books .. but rather , a unique, supernatural chiller tour de force. The "Cracked World Society": a group of 4 addicts fight for sobriety. All with memories of loss and pain and failure and descent into addiction. "Rain" (Lorraine) Thomas is are main protagonist and is a "hot mess" She circles the drain of life for seven years with multiple types of addiction ... racked with the guilt of giving away her baby at birth at age sixteen. The father leaves for Iraq, unknowing of the pregnancy and quickly dies in an inferno of flames in a Humvee accident.Disowned by her family she struggles the last three years to maintain sobriety with the support of other three friends from narcotics anonymous. She goes to sleep one night in anticipation of a much needed job interview on Friday. However, when she arrives for the interview, she discovers that she has missed it and "lost all of Friday" Her subsequent days spin out of control ... she continues to loose chunks of time .... and begins to confront the supernatural beings of her "dreams" leaking into her conscious life. While embarking on a journey to find answers realizes her friends are experiencing similar dreams and distortions of reality. She is aided by the appearance of "Monk" Addison ... a tough guy investigator .... a psychic bounty hunter who helps her unravel the mysteries and incongruencies Maberry has weaved a complex, riveting tale that is relentless and probing... with a band of unforgettable characters. As an aside ... I would love to read more about "Monk" Addison. I would like to thank Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this tantalizing novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Chasidy Kaye Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in return for review. This book reminds me of Stephen King books from 20 years ago back when Stephen King was the best horror to ever pick up a pen. He is still the greatest ever but hos writing style has changed. Jonathon Mayberry has picked up the torch and I for one am so glad to read this book. This book had me from the very first page. I really could not put it down. The backstory on the character named Monk could be a novel all by itself. I wish the author w Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in return for review. This book reminds me of Stephen King books from 20 years ago back when Stephen King was the best horror to ever pick up a pen. He is still the greatest ever but hos writing style has changed. Jonathon Mayberry has picked up the torch and I for one am so glad to read this book. This book had me from the very first page. I really could not put it down. The backstory on the character named Monk could be a novel all by itself. I wish the author would write a book based on Monk and his abilities!!! I would definitely read it if he did.
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  • Pattyh
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview Glimpse by Jonathan Mayberry. Rain is a recovering drug addict living in New York City. She has been clean for a few years, but still fights her demons each day. She doesn't have much going for her except a small apartment, a neighbor "with benefits", and a cat she loves, and a dead boyfriend..Rain wakes one morning to go on an interview for a job. Her day doesn't start too well - as she waits for her shower water to get hot, she swears someone Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview Glimpse by Jonathan Mayberry. Rain is a recovering drug addict living in New York City. She has been clean for a few years, but still fights her demons each day. She doesn't have much going for her except a small apartment, a neighbor "with benefits", and a cat she loves, and a dead boyfriend..Rain wakes one morning to go on an interview for a job. Her day doesn't start too well - as she waits for her shower water to get hot, she swears someone is in the shower - her cat is hiding under the bed - and she is stricken with fear. No one is there.As she makes her way to her interview, she meets an old woman who gives Rain a pair of reading glasses. Rain starts to see things; a small boy running. Things start to go out of control for Rain quickly - she gets to her interview and she's a day late. She is missing time and she starts to get really scared. She is confused and then she meets a strange man who reminds her of her nightmares - is he the monster she created or is he real and is he going to kill her.Scary and fast paced. Good book.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    NetGalley provided ARC.This may be the creepiest story I have read in a long time. Jonathan Maberry has created a world of shadows and pain. But he has also created a world of hope. One simple word to drive away the chaos. Just, whatever you do, don't say his name.
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  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    I ama fan of Maberry’s Joe Ledger series so I was super excited that Netgalley gave me a chance to read this. Overall it was good. Pretty Tripp’s, but these types of books are good when all I’m reading lately is crime novels. Reminded me a lot of Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. I would have preferred more character development but the plot was good enough to keep me going.
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