The Glass Forest

The lives of three very different women intersect in shocking ways in this “outstanding psychological thriller” (Library Journal, starred review), by the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller.

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

When Paul’s niece, Ruby, tells them that her father, Henry, has committed suicide and her mother, Silja, has gone missing, the newlyweds drop everything to be by Ruby’s side in the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York.

Angie thinks they’re coming to the rescue of Paul’s grief-stricken young niece, but seventeen-year-old Ruby, self-possessed and enigmatic, resists Angie’s attempts to nurture her. While taking up residence in Henry and Silja’s eerie, ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, Angie discovers astonishing truths about the complicated Glass family. As she learns about Henry and Silja’s spiraling relationship, and Ruby’s role in keeping them together, and apart, Angie begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage.

As details of the past unfold and Ruby dissects her parents’ state of affairs, the Glass women realize what they’re capable of when it comes to love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal.

As turbulent and electrified as the period it’s set in, The Glass Forest is an “intoxicating slow burn [that] builds to a conclusion rife with shocking reveals.” (Publishers Weekly)

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The Glass Forest5 star

Fantastic page turner. Wonderful characters, gripping plot line - I found myself racing chapter to chapter afraid of what was coming next. 55


Excellent5 star

I couldn’t put it down. Well written, engaging with a surprising end. Best book I’ve read in a while. 55

Reddirtgirl 1972

Excellent Read!5 star

I'm an avid reader, love psychological suspense and I couldn't put this one down! I can't wait to read more from this Author, I loved the time period, the narrative told from different perspectives in different perspectives and each of them shaped over about 14 years. This one is a thriller, yet will also tug at your emotions. You have to remind yourself what time period you're dealing with and what each character is facing. I read a lot of books, and review on Goodreads as Brandie Lea, I rarely leave reviews in IBooks but felt compelled to do so with this one. Don't miss this rare treat. 55


A compelling read5 star

[I was given this advanced review copy directly from the publisher. I chose to read and review it voluntarily. These opinions are mine alone and not influenced by anyone] “For some people there comes a point where things get better simply because the breathing stops” It’s the fall in Wisconsin. Kennedy is debating Nixon, and new mother Angie Glass receives a phone call from her husband’s niece Ruby that changes the way things will be from then on. Ruby’s Mother Silja is missing, and her father has committed suicide. Angie, not much older than Ruby herself, accompanies Paul who, along with young PJ, goes to New York State to rescue his late brother’s daughter. What Angie learns will change how she understands her marriage and just how much she doesn’t know. I was one of the zillions of people who read and loved Swanson’s first book, and this, her sophomore attempt proves The Bookseller wasn’t a fluke. Told mostly through well drawn intelligent characters, The Glass Forest is the first book of 2018 I read in two sittings. It grabs you and compels you not to put it down until you are done. And, a slight “warning”: the book deals with things that might be seen by some as triggers. Swanson deals with some contemporary issues seen through a story set in post World War America. The story is strung tightly between the members of the Glass family, and you might wonder if you ever really know the truth. I highly recommend this read. 5/5 55

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