This meme is to honor all those great book that don’t depend on the next book to wrap things up. Let’s hear it for the stand alones!
Glimpse by Jonathan Mayberry
How far would you be willing to go to save those you love?
Jonathan Mayberry is one of the few horror authors that I will pick up. I read this about the same time as NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, and I think this book was just slightly better. Both books center around a boy trapped by an evil supernatural creature and his mother’s efforts to get him back. After that, they diverge quite a bit, but you kind of get the vibe that this book has.
“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?”
One of the elements that is not included in the book description is that this book has a strong friend group at its core. They are all broken people, the ones that most of us would write off with a single glance. But together they are just strong enough to help each other.
This book didn’t have quite as much gore as NOS4A2 did. It’s more of a psychological thriller, and that’s something I really enjoy. The action really builds and the ending has a great pay off. If you want something creepy this month, give this a try.