Genres Collide Successfully in Glass Shatters by Michelle Meyers
  Book Reviews    December 13, 2016     Kenneth D Capers

 

A man wakes up on a couch, in a strange house that feels familiar but he doesn’t know who he is or where he is.  He appears to have been ill and knows deeply something is very wrong. Glass Shatters assembles an array of iconography from multiple genres to create an ambitious hybrid of a novel. Part horror story and thriller-mystery, Meyers’ debut novel is also a coming of age tale and love story, with a dash of the occult all deftly realized in a science fiction narrative. The action is situated in laboratories and a house that is more haunting than haunted.  All these elements suggest a frenetic hodgepodge of uneven, erratic or forced writing. Instead, there is a quiet confidence to the language which moves at a steady pace, unabashedly inviting the reader to follow the lead character down the rabbit hole to resolve the mystery of his six-month absence and the disappearance of his wife and daughter.

Along the way, we are introduced to neighbors, colleagues, and an unidentified old man who lives with the protagonist in a house which has an inaccessible second story.  Genuinely surprising but plausible plot twists cleverly allude and pay subtle homage to genres Meyers admires.  This makes for a smart read and further draws you in to see what else the author has up her literary sleeves. Complicated science and intense emotional melodrama cohabitate seamlessly in this book which remains lucid despite its intricacies. The plot steadily moves forward to revelations and discovery of truths, both physical and psychological. Meyers carefully layers dreams and symbols to make a languid and mesmerizing story. By the end of Glass Shatters, you are satisfied, a bit troubled and very impressed.

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