Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Author: A. J. Matthews
The character I liked: Well, I think I have two. Of course I like the main character Brenda Ireland. But the second I think was a good one was John Ireland
Why do I like these characters?: Because Brenda was the one all of this strange stuff was happening too. And in her own way she was trying to be strong. Not for herself so much as for her family.
John Ireland was Brenda and her husband Matt's son. While all this crazy stuff was happening he was trying to understand what his parents and stepsister were going through. He was a younger boy but knew what was right from wrong. A good kid!
A favorite quote in the book: "What's she doing? Is there someone in the house? What the fuck is going on"?
Why do I like that quote? Just because it was said by Matt Ireland he really wasn't paying much attention to Brenda when she was trying to tell him there was something wrong. Than finally when strange things started to happen, this was all he can say. What a guy!
What do I like best about the book?: I like the twist toward the end of the book. And why do I like this? Is that the talk about reflection in the glass, mirror, it wasn't fear of that. But fear for what was going to happen in the story. From the start when Matt, a lawyer, put away a murderer, Matt's ex-wife, a person who was having trouble with drinking to reality, and Brenda's mother who died in a nursing home we can see why Brenda was acting the way she was. And to find out that she is stronger than we all think.
What does this story tell me?: It tells me that it was what was inside of Brenda that all of this strange stuff was happening to her. Not any one thing outside of her world. It was fear from herself and the future. Yes this book leaned toward Twilight Zone moments but it was Brenda that had overcome them and embraced them.
And if we can I think we should try it ourselves
I give this book a rating of:
Amazon says: Customers that read looking glass was intrested in The White Room by A. J. Matthews, Haunted (MIRA S.) by Heather Graham, Five Mile House: A Novel by Karen Novak, The Loveliest Dead by Ray Garton, Wildwood Road by Christopher Golden
Is looking glass a bookcrossing book?: Yes it is. And it will be heading it's way to Portugal next