The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

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Read The Glass Forest Online Free - “[A] triumph. Swanson is a name to be considered among the likes of Gillian Flynn, Chris Pavone, and Laura Lippman” (Library Journal, starred review).

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller comes a gripping literary suspense novel set in the 1960s about a deeply troubled family and three women who will reveal its dark truths.

In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she’s married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever.

When Paul’s niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby’s side.

Angie thinks they’re coming to the rescue of Paul’s grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic seventeen-year-old who resists Angie’s attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja’s eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage.

Through Silja’s flashbacks, Angie’s discovery of astonishing truths, and Ruby’s strategic dissection of her parents’ state of affairs, a story of love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal is revealed.

Title : The Glass Forest
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ISBN : 1501172093
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Sarah rated it ★★★★★

November 05, 2017

A beautifully written, exquisitely detailed novel that unravels slowly. There's not a lot of action, it's more of a character study of some of the most interesting people I've read about recently. Sometimes books are written in a way that you can imagine yourself there with the characters, someti...

Theresa rated it ★★★★★

December 18, 2017

Wow. This is a very different book than Swanson’s debut novel, The Bookseller, but equally compelling with the same attention to historical accuracy that makes you feel like you’re in the 1940s/1960s. Told from the alternating points of view of three women, the story gets off to a slow start, but...

Zoeytron rated it ★★★★☆

January 17, 2018

Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review. Henry and Paul Glass are brothers, movie star handsome with their dark eyes and slow easy smiles.  Is there something slightly off about one of them?  Could one or both be acting?  Troubling secrets and falsehoods are bubbling to the fore, do...

Carol rated it ★★★☆☆

February 08, 2018

S.L.O.W. low 3 for me.After a truly frightening start, THE GLASS FOREST slowly introduces the reader to the protagonists that gradually set the stage for disaster....for what's coming.The story alternates narrators chapter by chapter between a naive 21 year old Angie, a young and older Silja, and...

JanB rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2018

What a great read! I found this novel to be an atmospheric, suspenseful tale with just enough subtlety in the beginning to give the reader a hint that all was not as it appeared to be in the Glass families. The more I read, the more palpable the tension and eeriness. I couldn’t put it down, read...

Tammie rated it ★★★★☆

February 24, 2018

Enjoyable read. A little on the slow side but very well written and did pick up near the end. I would recommend to readers that like mysteries and don’t mind a slower paced book.

Michelle rated it ★★★★☆

February 19, 2018

This is a slow burning story that may require some patience from the reader. If you're expecting a thriller then you'll likely be disappointed. I went into this with little expectations and I feel I was rewarded with an excellently written atmospheric tale that compelled me to turn the pages. I n...

MomIsReading rated it ★★★★★

December 18, 2017

I really enjoyed this...a family who is tied together by a web of lies. How much do you really know someone? What separates this from the myriad of thriller/suspense books is the time period. This takes place in 1960 and the atmospheric feel of that era is touchable. Two brothers - Henry and Paul...

Brandie Lea rated it ★★★★★

March 16, 2018

I couldn't put this one down! Told from different character perspectives between 1948-1962, this one is a page turner. The Author does her homework with the time period, dress, cars, architecture, jewelry, men/women roles, racial issues, socialism/communism issues, even how much leniency was give...

Touchstone rated it ★★★★★

December 05, 2017

Cynthia Swanson is BACK ladies and gents and IMHO, better than ever. This is a rich, atmospheric suspense novel that sweeps you up in the mysteries of the Glass family and immerses you completely in their world.

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