By Phoebe Kitanidis
Available 17 April 2012
What if you forgot your identity and had to rely on other people to tell you who you were?
And what if to discover your true self, you first had to unravel a mystery so big and terrifying you were not sure you’d survive solving it?
When Marshall and Elyse wake up in each other’s arms with zero memory of how they got there or who they are, it’s the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future.
Terrified by their amnesia, the two make a pact to work together to find the answers that could jog their missing memories. As they piece together clues, they discover they’re in the idyllic mountain resort town of Summer Falls, where everyone seems mysteriously happy, but as Marshall and Elyse quickly learn, darkness lurks beneath the town’s perfect facade. Not only is the town haunted by sinister ghosts, but none of its living inhabitants retain bad memories of anything—not the death of Marshall’s mom, not the hidden shame in Elyse’s family, not even the day-to-day anguish of high school.
Lonely in this world of happy zombies, Marsh and Elyse fall into an intense relationship…but the secrets they uncover could be the death of this growing love—and the death of everyone, and everything, they love in Summer Falls.
This Blonde’s Review:
They wake up naked in each others arms. They have no idea how they got there or who the other is. As they try to figure out who the other is, they soon realize neither of them remember their own names either. With no identification they can find the only thing they can do is go searching for someone to help them. What they soon realize is no one is going to take them seriously. Luckily they find out that her name is Elyse and are taken to her home.
Even without their memories it is clear something strange is happening in Summer Falls. People don’t find their amnesia worrisome and tell them they’ll snap out of it. Everyone is happy and mellow at all times. Bad memories are wiped away somehow, even thing as large as death can disappear from memory. Even a town star can disappear and not be remembered. In addition to all of it, the town is haunted.
Marshall’s magical family background and Elyse’s ability to see the ghosts in town make them the perfect pair. Together they are able to avoid the ghosts and work together to piece together what happened to them. As they discover themselves together they grow into a strong romantic bond where they know each other as well as they know themselves.
The truth isn’t always what we hope it will be, and when Elyse and Marshall discover what happened to them they’re surprised but determined to free themselves and the people they care about.
Reading Glimmer was interesting since we didn’t know anymore more than our characters did. As we alternated viewpoints we were able to see the build up from being suspicious of the other to a bond they didn’t want to break. We are able to take each clue they find and put it together in hopes of figuring out the answer before they do. In some cases we can, but the author does a great job of weaving her story together without giving too much away too soon.
Elyse and Marshall are interesting characters. At times it was hard to decide if I liked them or not. It was fascinating to see the way they became entirely different people without their pasts tying them into certain roles and beliefs. There were things they believed Before and After, but there were many things that were different about them too. Could losing their memories be better for them or would it be something they need to reverse?
If you enjoy reading about characters trying to solve mysteries while they grow into who they want to be, then you’ll like watching Elyse and Marshall do the same. If magic, ghosts, and other unexplained phenomenon sound fascinating to you then you’ll enjoy seeing them navigate Summer Falls and trying to solve the problems that plague the town.