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Also by this author: The Dream Slayer, Demon Royale
Susan Monroe doesn’t ask for much: good grades from her children, a house with room for a pool, to be the best Tupperware party host in New Haven 56.
But inside her tranquil 1950s styled community, a monster lurks. A monster that lives inside Susan, and every one of her superficially perfect neighbors, held in check by the oppressive police state that rules over them.
Susan’s happy life is torn apart when her teenage son goes missing the same night an explosion rips apart the community. Susan knows it’s only a matter of time before the police start breaking down their doors.
Before the reconditioning begins and Susan’s identity is lost, she must do one final thing.
Find her son.
These bubbles, or districts of New Haven, are made to keep the monsters away from the Human populace. The Glistenings are forced to wear bands to control them. If they step out of line they are reconditioned to behave properly. When I say properly, I mean the way the government thinks they should act.
I hate the way the Glistenings are forced into their way of life. What happened to them was an accident. It’s not their fault they are what they are. They don’t want to intentionally be awful creatures. They just want to live their lives, and have a chance at happiness. I also empathize with the humans. They are scared. They want to feel safe, and these communities provide that for them. They are able to forget that as long as they are kept separate.
I liked most of the characters. Jenna and Dirk are probably my favorite. Both of them have a lot of spunk and passion. They also have a past that will blow your mind. I didn’t connect with Wendy very much. I understand the situation she was put in, but she kind of seems like a whiny brat to me. Jake tries to be there for her as much as possible. I have a love hate relationship with Susan. She’s willing to do anything for the well-being of her children. Her downfall is that she doesn’t put enough trust in her husband. She goes to everyone else for help instead of the one she should always be able to lean on. The great thing about all of the characters is that they all have depth. They have flaws that make them seem real without overdoing it.
It took me a little bit to really get into this book, but I was glad I stuck with it. The speed of the storyline picked up, and I found myself itching to turn the page. Glistening Haven is a character driven story, and Cooper hits that spot on. And oh my, the ending. Super cliffhanger. I thought I was missing pages while reading.
If you like a twist on dystopian life, and want a little mystery/thriller also, this book will pique your interest.
About the Author:
Jill Cooper loves tea more than coffee and is obsessed over finding that perfect recipe. She lives in Danvers, MA with two cats, a toddler, a husband, and a 1964 yellow taxi. Her life is chaotic, but fun. She is currently working on a new Sci-fi thriller and the sequel to the Dream Slayer. She can be contacted at http://www.jillacooper.com