Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Glittering World - by Robert Levy - Hard to believe this is Robert Levy's first published novel

3 of 5 Stars     Review copy

There is a lot to like about Robert Levy's debut novel.  There's the seemingly idyllic location of Starling Cove in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the writer's strong character development, and frequently stunning prose, to name a few.

The Glittering World is the story of Michael "Blue" Whitley and his closest friends, Elisa and her husband Jeremy, & Blue's young and admiring co-worker, Gabe, who all travel from NYC, to the place of his birth, essentially to facilitate the sale of his late grandmother's home.  "All four will face their troubled pasts, their most private demons, and a mysterious race of beings that inhabits the land, spoken of by the locals as only the Other Kind..."

If I had to pick a genre for The Glittering World, I'd call it literary horror. Nothing wrong with that, but there were times when the story slowed considerably because of to too much extrapolation and not enough action.  I did mention Robert's beautiful prose, but there were also many times I found it to be cumbersome and a bit of a distraction  Too much of a good thing.

In conclusion, there is a hauntingly beautiful story hidden amongst all the words.  One that many readers are likely to enjoy.

The Glittering World is available now in both hardback and as an ebook from Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Publishers.

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