Liz just wants to be normal. Her life is anything but.
Seven years ago Liz lost her mother and ten years’ worth of memories. When she inherits the infamous Highwayman Inn, she hopes the move will be a fresh start. Then she meets Zachary. Zachary, who haunts her by night and in dreams; who makes her question everything she is and wants to be; who seems scarcely real – yet makes her feel so alive.
Inspired by Alfred Noyes’ classic poem ‘The Highwayman’, Glimpse is a ghost story, a love story, and a story of a girl fighting for her future by confronting her terrible past. [Goodreads]
I’ll admit, I was really excited about this book. It sounded like a really fun and exciting paranormal read, but for me, this book was not my cup of tea.
Liz and her father move into the Highwayman Inn after her granddad pass. She promised herself three tasks that she would overcome from her old life and not seeing ghosts, or in her terms having “glimpses”, is one of them. Unfortunately, it seems like Highwayman Inn is encouraging her glimpses. Then she meets Zachary, and rather than trying to avoid the glimpses she has, she uses them to help him.
This book floated around the friendship boundaries for me. Liz was a really judgey person. This is the part of Liz that I disliked the most. As soon as she started her new school, she was super quick to stereotype her classmates. In particular Scott, and it really frustrated me as she knew nothing about him and judged him purely on how he “appeared.”
The balance of the Liz-Zachary friendship was a bit off balance when it developed. Especially nearer the end, everything became rushed and the relationship they were building was forced into a happily ever after. It was predictable but didn’t fit in my eyes.
I am not slating this book completely, as the plot was quite interesting. There was a great of different genres with paranormal, mystery and romance, which helped keep the pace. Certain scenes where we learnt a more about the ghosts did give me a bit of a fright. ANYTHING lurking is always a big no no!! There were also some great twists that are completely mind blowing, and admittedly, they took me a while to wrap my head around!
Overall, not the first book I’d jump to recommend…