I read a lot of books! You all know that, of course. Sometimes I go through a book a night. I am making clear because when I say that The Glittering World by Robert Levy is refreshingly original I want you to understand that being original to me is a tall order.
From the back of the book:
In the tradition of Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Lane), Scott Smith (The Ruins), and Jason Mott (The Returned), award-winning playwright Robert Levy spins a dark tale of alienation and belonging, the familiar and the surreal, family secrets and the search for truth in his debut supernatural thriller.
When up-and-coming chef Michael “Blue” Whitley returns with three friends to the remote Canadian community of his birth, it appears to be the perfect getaway from New York. He soon discovers, however, that everything he thought he knew about himself is a carefully orchestrated lie. Though he had no recollection of the event, as a young boy Blue and another child went missing for weeks in the idyllic, mysterious woods of Starling Cove. Soon thereafter, his mother suddenly fled with him to America, their homeland left behind.
But then Blue begins to remember. And once the shocking truth starts bleeding back into his life, his closest friends—Elisa, his former partner in crime; her stalwart husband, Jason; and Gabe, Blue’s young and admiring co-worker—must unravel the secrets of Starling Cove and the artists’ colony it once harbored. All four will face their troubled pasts, their most private demons, and a mysterious race of beings that inhabits the land, spoken of by the locals only as the Other Kind…
As I said, this is such an original idea. The Other Kind were so alluring and yet creepy. Is that because I love things that go bump in the night? No, not entirely, that is because Robert Levy knows how to entice and frighten all at the same time. That is really how best to describe the whole reading experience. I was drawn in by the lovey characters and the even more lovely turns of phrase and once I was safely relaxed in this world, the lights dimmed and things took a creepy turn.
Once things started become clearer... though never clear enough to take away the excitement ... I was hooked. I was turning pages as fast as I could, up late with my nightlight on, totally engrossed and needing to know all about the Other Kind. The end was so utterly satisfying yet somehow I was sad to see I had reached the last page.
I truly look forward to reading more from Robert Levy and recommend you get your own copy of this today.
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