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 ?[A] triumph. Swanson is a name to be considered among the likes of Gillian Flynn, Chris Pavone, and Laura ...

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Title:The Glass Forest
Author:Cynthia Swanson
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:1501172093
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Glass Forest Reviews

  • JanB
    Feb 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 i...
  • Sarah
    Nov 12, 2017
    A good way into reading Cynthia Swanson?s The Glass Forest, I asked myself why I was turning each page with a mixture of eagerness and dread. After all, nothing remotely graphic had happened, other than a suicide that was reported early on. There were plenty of hints, though, tha...
  • Mainlinebooker
    Jan 18, 2018
    A slow burner, character driven novel that pulled me in with distinct voices that resonated throughout the novel. Even figuring out how the novel would end did not detract from the events and timeline of the novel. When the story opens we find teenage Ruby calling her uncle to let him ...
  • Caryn
    Jan 28, 2018
    This story felt so unique to me, in the way it was told, in its plot, in its characters. Told from alternating points of view between Angie, a 21-year-old mother; Silja, a woman swept off her feet in a wartime romance; and Ruby, Silja?s teenage daughter. When Angie gets a call fr...
  • Kelly Long
    Jan 15, 2018
    I read an advace copy of this book. This was a slow moving book but overall pretty good. I did like the rotating points of view; that worked well for this story. ...
  • MomIsReading
    Dec 06, 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 - Hen...
  • Charlene Intriago
    Mar 02, 2018
    Once again, I purposefully didn't read any reviews of this book prior to reading - I didn't want to be biased in any way. This is my second book by this author and I loved it. Of course, I loved her first book so maybe I am a little biased! It's the story of the Glass family - Angie, o...
  • Lisa
    Apr 16, 2018
    This book has been described as a slow burn and that it was. I loved it. I just thought it was masterful. I loved everything about it. One of my favorites this year. 5 stars. ...
  • Theresa Alan
    Dec 17, 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...
  • Jo
    Jan 20, 2018
    4.5 stars Standing ovation! This book swept me along for the ride and kept me on pins and needles as I wondered how it would resolve itself. I will definitely put Swanson on my list of go to authors. ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Oct 22, 2017
    DNF at 35% Will leave rated. Just so plodding got slow, and I'm just not feeling anything. ...
  • Kristen
    Nov 02, 2017
    This is a really good, very creepy suspense novel. At first, it just seems like a family drama, then you slowly start to realize that it's really dark and twisted. Highly recommended for fans of good suspense novels. It has a similar tone to author Ruth Ware's thrillers. ...
  • Tammie
    Feb 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. ...
  • Sonja Yoerg
    Dec 04, 2017
    I admired so much about Swanson's debut, The Bookseller, but was particularly enthralled with her gift for storytelling. This gift is on full display again in The Glass Forest. It starts off as a character-driven family drama centered on the putative suicide of Henry, around whom the r...
  • Carol
    Feb 03, 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...
  • Touchstone Books
    Dec 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. ...
  • Claudia
    Oct 15, 2017
    Angie is a young woman from a small town in Wisconsin, at 21 she married to Paul, a handsome older man. When they receive news about that her brother-in-law Henry was dead, and that their niece was living by herself since her mother, Silja was missing, they decided to travel to Stoneki...
  • Judy Collins
    Feb 21, 2018
    Review to follow. ...
  • Zoeytron
    Jan 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 bubbli...
  • Brandie Lea Slicer
    Mar 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 lenien...
  • Sarah Joint
    Nov 04, 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 charact...
  • Janelle
    Mar 21, 2018
    Thank you so much to Touchstone Books for providing my copy of THE GLASS FOREST by Cynthia Swanson - all opinions are my own. In the 1960?s, Paul and Angie Glass are recently married with a newborn baby boy, living in idyllic Wisconsin. Paul?s niece, Ruby, calls to inform them h...
  • Susan Wright
    Oct 14, 2017
    Has your life not turned out like you thought it would? Me neither and sometimes I feel bad about that until I read a book like "The Glass Forest" and realize I am not alone. An unexplained death set in a time when women had fewer choices, this book will make you see clearly how every ...
  • Nidhi Srivastava
    Feb 21, 2018
    this book is so good I want to throw my Kindle against the wall and never read another book in my life ...
  • Kendall
    Feb 03, 2018
    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...
  • R. Bonne
    Apr 03, 2018
    Very slow, but not unpleasant. I had trouble identifying with the female characters of the book, so I think that is why it just didn?t resonate with me as it has with others. ...
  • Donna Hines
    Mar 28, 2018
    Three women share their deepest truths about a very troubling family that ultimately ends in betrayal. A whirl wind love affair in '42 for Stilja followed by a quick marriage with Henry before he heads off to war is the start of a chilling reality about the 'Glasses' and even more dis...
  • Michelle
    Feb 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...
  • Jessica Strawser
    Oct 12, 2017
    Atmospheric and unsettling, THE GLASS FOREST depicts, with razor-sharp edges, the walls we don't see until we find ourselves trapped within them--and the chilling, emotional panorama of the view from the inside looking out. ...
  • Kitkat
    Mar 17, 2018
    I really liked this book. It made me sad however it resolved in the end. The book had plenty of horror and insanity in it. Henry and Paul were completely crazy for the belief of communist. It reminds me of the general who believed that every government official was a communist. I think...