The Glass Forest

The Glass Forest

“[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, Angi...

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The Glass Forest Reviews

  • Sarah Joint

    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, sometimes they're not. I'm happy to say this is the former. I could feel what they were feeling. After reading the blurb, I was nervous about keeping track of the three characters we get perspectives from, but

    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, sometimes they're not. I'm happy to say this is the former. I could feel what they were feeling. After reading the blurb, I was nervous about keeping track of the three characters we get perspectives from, but they all have their own voice and it's very easy to keep track.

    Glass is living her version of an ideal life. It's 1960, she's married to a charming and handsome older man, and raising their baby boy. Her husband Paul is passionate and caring, and she couldn't be happier. She knows exactly how her life will end up... a happy marriage, more babies, and staying in love with her husband forever.

    is the seventeen year old niece of Paul, Angie's husband. She calls their home one day with terrible news... her father has killed himself and her mother is missing. Paul almost travels to attend to this family business by himself, but Angie insists on coming along. She thinks Ruby will need her. They don't know each other well, but this is the time a girl needs a mother figure... but Angie is still young, only a few years older than Ruby and often confused for a teenager herself. Ruby doesn't seem to be interested in Angie at all. She barely wants to speak to anyone.

    we see from flashbacks, the mother of Ruby and wife to Paul's brother, Henry. She's nowhere to be found. A career woman who provided her family, how could she possibly abandon her daughter? The note she left saying she needed to get away offers no clues as to her whereabouts. The chapters from the past explain the marriage between her and Henry in vivid detail... the end of which take place in the modern glass house in the woods that Angie, Paul, and Ruby are now staying in as they try to figure out what steps to take next.

    Having known Paul for only a bit over a year, there may be lots of things Angie doesn't know about her husband and his family.

  • Theresa Alan

    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 once you get into it, you won’t be able to put it down. Stilja’s story begins in 1942 when she meets Henry and has a whirlwind love affair and a quick marriage before he goes off to war. The war changes

    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 once you get into it, you won’t be able to put it down. Stilja’s story begins in 1942 when she meets Henry and has a whirlwind love affair and a quick marriage before he goes off to war. The war changes him, and not for the better, but Stilja has already given birth to Ruby.

    Angie and Ruby’s stories begin in 1960 after Stilja has left a note saying she’s leaving them and the dead body of Henry is found outside their glass house in the forest with a cup of poisoned tea. Where is Stilja? Did she kill Henry or was it really suicide because he was so depressed about her leaving? Also, what truths does Angie have to discover about her much older husband, the painter Paul, the brother of Henry?

    The way this story unravels is deeply gratifying and the history is fascinating. It makes you appreciate the way things have improved for women, even if we still have a long way to go.

    Thanks so much to NetGalley and Touchstone for the opportunity to review this book, which RELEASES FEB. 6, 2018.

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  • Michelle

    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 needed to know what the heck was going on.

    The story starts with Paul Glass getting a phone call from his 17 year old niece in New York, Ruby, explaining that his brother Paul has committed suicide and he

    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 needed to know what the heck was going on.

    The story starts with Paul Glass getting a phone call from his 17 year old niece in New York, Ruby, explaining that his brother Paul has committed suicide and her mom, Silja, is missing. Paul packs his wife Angie and infant son PJ up and off to fly out to New York to help Ruby with arrangements and to figure out what they'll do with her next as she has no other family.

    Throughout the entire book you just know that something is "off" with the Glass family. This is told in alternating chapters. There is Angie, Ruby, and Silja's sections that are told in flashbacks. Ms. Swanson slowly gives you pieces of the puzzle until the satisfying conclusion.

    Also I should mention that what drew me to this book is the gorgeous cover. Love it!

  • Tammie

    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.

  • JanB

    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 into the wee hours of the morning, and finished it in a day.

    The book opens when Paul Glass receives news that his brother, Henry, has apparently committed suicide, and his wife Silja is missing. Paul, h

    
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 into the wee hours of the morning, and finished it in a day.

    The book opens when Paul Glass receives news that his brother, Henry, has apparently committed suicide, and his wife Silja is missing. Paul, his wife Angie, and their young son travel to attend to funeral arrangements and take care of teenage Ruby, Henry and Silja’s daughter. They learn shortly after arriving that the police suspect Henry’s death was not a suicide, and Silja has still not been found. Ruby is uncommunicative, has no friends, and keeps to herself.

    Alternating chapters tells Silja's story using flashbacks starting in the early 1940’s when she first meets Henry, and follows her life up to the time of Henry’s death in the early 1960's. I can't say more about the plot without spoilers, but suffice it to say there are a lot of secrets, disordered relationships, and strange dynamics. Having the novel set during these time periods worked perfectly for the story and the period details were spot on. I had a few minor quibbles with the ending but not enough to detract from my enjoyment of the novel as a whole.

    This is not a fast-paced thriller. I recommended it for fans of dark, suspenseful, and character-driven tales. There’s no trickery to hook the reader, just good old-fashioned story telling. Its a slow burn in the beginning during the set up, but I flew through the last half.

    * Many thanks to Netgalley, Cynthia Swanson, and Touchstone for an e-galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Zoeytron

    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, doing real damage and eroding trust.  Their respective families are about to be shattered.

    The slow build works perfectly here in a look at family dynamics that rest soundly on the darkish side.  No twists

    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, doing real damage and eroding trust.  Their respective families are about to be shattered.

    The slow build works perfectly here in a look at family dynamics that rest soundly on the darkish side.  No twists of the type that leave you with whiplash, but sometimes that is a good thing. I happily settled for the creeping sense of dread that stayed with me throughout the read.

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  • Diane S ☔

    DNF at 35% Will leave rated. Just so plodding got slow, and I'm just not feeling anything.

  • Kendall

    DNF at 30 percent. I tried my best with this one but it was extremely extremely slow. I could not connect with any of the characters and tried multiple times to come back and read it. I have been on streak with 1-2 star reads right now and just so many other books to read/review. Thank you for the opportunity.

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