Book Review – The Glass Wall
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Author: Madison Adler
Format: Kindle, Paperback
Staring out the car window, Sidney takes in the neighborhood that will become her next temporary home. As her social worker Neelu says all the right things about the foster family she’ll will be living with, Sydney tunes her out having heard it all before. Months from now her mom will be out of rehab and they’ll move across country to once more start over only to replay the entire scene sequence again. Much to her surprise however, Sydney quickly takes to her new foster parents and even their athletic daughter Grace. For once in her life, Sydney started to feel like she belonged and all would have been fine had not been for the strange neighbors across the street whose strange behavior and expensive cars are far out of place in this lower middle class neighborhood. Sydney’s foster father Al suspects the neighbors are dealing drugs, and he and Sydney install a few hidden video cameras to begin surveillance. What Sydney learns, however, is something more than she ever bargained for, and she soon finds that it is she and not her neighbors that is at the center of all that is strange in the neighborhood.
Madison Alder’s “The Glass Wall” is a different type of fantasy book. The beginning third of the book reads a bit like an after school special about the lonely girl whose only real friend is her pet mouse that she has smuggled from foster home to foster home. This premise is itself a compelling read. Then midway through the reader comes to understand that the neighbors are much more than they appear. Without giving the plot away, this is more a sci/fi/fantasy novel than one might first expect. Adler integrates these diverse elements in such a way that they read very plausible managing the suspension of disbelief factor well.
For those interested in a different twist in this genre, check out The Glass Wall. It is the first in a series and at only $0.99 it is a bargain!
Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.