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Book Raid: The Glimpse by Claire Merle

Posted on the 18 May 2012 by Mr. Book Wonder @mrbookwonder

Book Raid

Welcome to Book Raid, where I will be interrogating authors who will be releasing their debut or their latest books this year. This is a way to highlight debut or latest books that you may want to read after reading this recorded interrogation of what to expect of the book.

Today, I got the chance to Book Raid one of the awesome books I’m waiting, The Glimpse by Claire Merle.

Miss Claire Merle, you have been suspected of hiding some details of the book, The Glimpse, from the citizens. If you are not guilty of the suspicions, then I will interrogate you with some questions about the book.

How different is The Glimpse from other books out there?

The Glimpse—as far as I’m aware—is the first dystopian fiction to spotlight the trend of growing mental health problems in western society.

How much action, mystery, or romance do we have to expect in The Glimpse?

It’s a thriller, so plenty of action, a healthy dose of romance and a mystery twist!

What did you like writing the most: the beginning, the middle, or the ending?

Impossible to answer this! But OK, I’ll give it a try: Probably middle for the first draft. But when it came to editing, the beginning and the end were like a puzzle, which I enjoyed reinventing and putting back together.

What was your favorite chapter or part to write?

The scenes between Ana and Cole, and the stuff in the psych hospital.

Give us a short quote from The Glimpse.

This is a passage from the courtroom scene where Ana sees Cole for the first time:

“Ana watched Cole as he crossed to the dock. Despite the shabby suit and bruises on his face, his smooth movements conveyed deep self-assurance. His shorn hair was dark, his eyes deeply set, and his muscular frame towered above the guard. Everyone in the courtroom rose, looking left as the Bench arrived, but Cole turned his gaze to their table. His eyes met Ana’s and locked on her. Heat rose to her cheeks. She struggled to disengage but found it impossible until he looked away.”

Thank you for your time Miss Claire! It is advised that you are free of all the suspicion of hiding The Glimpse from the citizens!


The Glimpse by Claire Merle

RELEASE DATE. June 7, 2012


SYNOPSIS. Once you’ve seen into the future, can you change your destiny?

In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society and into the pits of the human soul. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Claire Merle wrote her first paranormal screenplay at the age of thirteen and named it after a road sign. DANGER ALIVE never made it to the big screen, but she continued to write and daydream her way through school and university, graduated with a BA in Film Studies, and spent the next few years working in the British Film Industry.

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