Reviewed by Megan Saldecki

When Marshall and Elyse wake up in each other’s arms, they don’t know what to think. First of all, they are naked and second of all, they don’t know each other, or even know who they themselves are.

Armed with nothing to go on but each other, they start to piece together clues. They’re in Summer Falls, the ultimate tourist trap next to the mountains. Everyone seems beyond happy to be here, but Marshall and Elyse soon find out the truth. The people of Summer Falls have no bad memories.

So who or what is making these people happy? And why can’t Marshall and Elyse remember anything? The secrets they uncover could spell out death for them and everyone else in Summer Falls.

I was excited for Glimmer even before I got done reading the whole synopsis. And while this page-turner had some flaws, it didn’t disappoint.

I liked Elyse and Marshall fairly well. The only problem was that their personalities sort of blended together for me. They had alternating first-person chapters, so sometimes I forgot who was talking, as they didn’t really seem to have personalities that stood out from one another. This is not to say they weren’t enjoyable, just not as developed as I would have liked.

The romance wasn’t too developed either. There’s a good reason for their almost instant attraction for each other, but it isn’t uncovered until much, much later. I would have liked a bit more romance, nonetheless. If I woke up with no memory along with another person, I’d rely heavily on that person while we figured it out. While they said they trusted each other and would protect each other, it seemed a bit forced to me.

The plot is the best part of Glimmer, and it’s worth it if you can get around a few flaws with the characters. I really enjoyed the mystery of Summer Falls, it was creepy and kept me on my toes. The explanation, while a bit far-fetched, was satisfying. Glimmer is a standalone book, so everything gets wrapped up neatly and I couldn’t find any major loose ends.

A warning to those that are sensitive to talk of sex and swearing: there are both in Glimmer. There is more talk of sex (not detailed) than actual sex. The swearing is a bit harder to overlook, as there is quite a bit of it and it’s “heavy” swearing such as the F- and S-word.

Overall, I really enjoyed Glimmer. It kept me turning pages and had me creeped out a few times. I would recommend this to fans of the thriller genre or someone wanting a quick, fun mystery to read.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Meghan is a 18-year-old book blogger. She likes to read and write in her spare time and would like to become a published author one day. She plans on going to college soon.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Balzer+Bray. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.