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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
"Glimpse" by Steven Whibley introduces us to Dean Curse, an almost fourteen year old who finds himself witnessing a crime, and becoming an unlikely hero one morning while going to school. When the victim whispers the word "Glimpse" to him just before passing out Dean has no idea what the world it means. When he starts having hair-raising visions of people of course he is terrified. When he tells his best friends Lisa and Colin what is going on they help him figure out that the visions he is seeing are of people that have twenty-four hours to live, and that Dean's job is to try and save them which is no easy task! When he has as a "Glimpse" of someone close to him he is determined to intervene and save them or die trying!
Steven Whibley creates a page turning story that is surely going to appeal to young readers and adults alike with "Glimpse!" In addition to the characters being totally easy to relate to they also seem so very realistic. The relationship between Dean and his younger sister Becky was very real and the picking and fighting was totally a brother sister relationship, but when Becky was in trouble Dean didn't hesitate to do what he had to do! The friendship between Dean, Lisa and Colin totally works. While Dean is the shy one, Colin is the jokester and more outspoken, while Lisa seems to be the voice of reason. Instead of a perfect hero that saves everyone, Dean is someone who often fails, but doesn't give up, and when he does fail, his reactions are human. I like the fact that therapy is used in the story, allowing readers, especially teens, to realize that it is okay to need help once in a while. I also find the family feel of the story appealing. Dean's parents are great characters. Mr. Whibley hits the right balance with them, allowing them to be involved, but not overbearing. He creates a very good parental relationship. Mr. Whibley has the uncanny ability to provide tension, but also knows when to throw in a bit of humor to take the edge off! He also knows how to describe scenes allowing the reader to fully understand what is going on without being graphic, making this a great read for anyone who enjoys a story filled with tension, mystery, suspense and a touch of paranormal, where the characters are teens plunged into something that they truly have no idea about! "Glimpse" is a story that is mature enough for adults, but will totally be a hit with the younger set as well.