The Glass Woman

The Glass Woman

A Novel

Book - 2019
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A young woman follows her new husband to his remote home on the Icelandic coast in the 1680s, where she faces dark secrets surrounding the death of his first wife amidst a foreboding landscape and the superstitions of the local villagers.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062935106
0062935100
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lea
Description: 392 pages ; 24 cm

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RomanceAddict Sep 07, 2019

Review excerpt: "TW: This book contains the graphic depiction of a rape.

'The Glass Woman' by Caroline Lea is billed a Gothic mystery set in 1686 in Iceland that has shades of Jane Eyre to it. It’s about the dangers of rumors, and how they can poison a community. It’s wonderfully atmospheric and creepy…at least at first. About two-thirds of the way through the book, 'The Glass Woman' shifts from a traditional Gothic to something more like historical fiction, and I found that once all the mysteries were revealed, I was no longer as engaged in the story."

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/the-glass-woman-by-caroline-bea/

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geordie18
May 19, 2019

Perhaps the best book I have read this year. Full of foreboding, the story takes place in 1686 Iceland. Though it is dark, it is a real page turner. I was totally transported to another world, the wild, cold , windswept hamlet in Iceland. Highly recommended.

This was a great read! There is plenty of foreboding, atmosphere, tension and sinister elements inside. It comes to a taut and tension-filled end too. I also shed a tear at the end, it was a beautiful ending, but I won't say for whom I shed the tears for, it might give too much away.

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fionajay
Apr 02, 2019

This is a beautiful book - literally. The cover design is lovely, depicting the cold beauty of Iceland, breathtakingly invoked by Lea. A fairy tale crossed with a thriller, its like The Girl Before with a bit of Jane Eyre thrown in. As in the Tove Janson thriller, The True Deceiver, a village is closed in by snow, with terrible consequence. What is in the loft? What happened to Jon's first wife, Anna? Although I found the ending ultimately disappointing, this is well written - someone gets a happy ending, just not the one I wanted.

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