The Glass Woman

The Glass Woman

1686, ICELAND. AN ISOLATED, WINDSWEPT LAND HAUNTED BY WITCH TRIALS AND STEEPED IN THE ANCIENT SAGAS. Betrothed unexpectedly to Jón Eiríksson, Rósa is sent to join her new husband in the remote village of Stykkishólmur. Here, the villagers are wary of outsiders. But Rósa harbours her own suspicions. Her husband buried his first wife alone in the dead of night. He will not tal 1686, ICELAND. AN ISOLATED, WINDSWEPT LAND HAUNTED BY WITCH TRIALS AND STEEPED IN THE ANCIENT SAGAS. Betrothed ...

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Title:The Glass Woman
Author:Caroline Lea
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0718188977
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

The Glass Woman Reviews

  • Blair
    Nov 24, 2018
    What better setting for a winter read than Iceland? The Glass Woman opens with a striking image: a tremor cracks the ice and a body floats to the surface of the sea, arm aloft, 'bone-white fingers waving, as if alive'. It's November 1686 on the western coast of Iceland, and as a group ...
  • Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)
    Feb 05, 2019
    A gorgeously atmospheric novel, strong on both the horrifying claustrophobia of an Icelandic winter and on the complexities of the relationships between its principle characters. I found the triangle between Petur, Jon and Rosa particularly ticklish, and there was a lovely intimacy to ...
  • Jane
    Feb 07, 2019
    I was drawn in by an intriguing title, a beautiful cover, and the promise of a dark tale set in a cold country. Then I was captured by a striking image. On the coast of Iceland in November 1686 a a tremor cracked the ice and a body floated to the surface of the sea. One arm was r...
  • Margaret
    Jan 31, 2019
    The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea, set in Iceland in 1686, has a dark atmosphere, saturated in sadness, fear and superstition, a story of suspicion, love and violence. The story takes places over just a few months from August to December. It begins in November 1686 as a body surfaces fro...
  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    Apr 13, 2019
    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. ...
  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    Jan 07, 2019
    A very well-written book, however for me, the story was not original and I lost focus a bit. It felt like reading a combination of The Miniaturist and Rebecca set in 1600's Iceland. Rosa marries to a man and moves to another village, the only reason she agreed this marriage is to sav...
  • Susan
    Jan 25, 2019
    This historical novel is set in Iceland in 1686. Rosa lives with her mother in a small, isolated community. This is a bleak landscape, where life is hard and existence difficult. While Rosa?s father was alive; a respected member of the community, they lived fairly comfortably ? but...
  • Sonja Arlow
    Mar 18, 2019
    This is a wonderfully atmospheric book set in one of my favourite time periods and places. It has an interesting story and characters as well as stellar audio narrators??.yet I could never really connect with the story. I wonder if it would have made a difference if I read this ...
  • Jane
    Mar 16, 2019
    Shivery novel set in 17th century Iceland. A young girl, Rosa, marries the headman of another village, Jon. The story is that he has murdered his first wife and buried her late at night. There are certain parts of his property he keeps locked and forbids Rosa to enter: the loft in his ...
  • Eva
    Feb 05, 2019
    Oh, be still my beating historical-fiction-loving heart. This novel right here is exactly why I enjoy this genre so much! It reminded me a bit of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, which you should also most definitely read if you haven?t done so already. The Glass Woman tells the story...
  • Vikki Patis
    Mar 12, 2019
    Absolutely beautiful and brilliant. ...
  • Cathy
    Feb 05, 2019
    Rosa finds herself far from home, far from everything and everyone she has known, and married to Jon, leader of a remote Icelandic community. Given the mystery surrounding the death of Jon's first wife, hints of madness and a loft she is forbidden to enter from which strange noises see...
  • Emma
    Apr 06, 2019
    Iceland proves a bleak and dramatic setting- Icelandic gothic maybe? The writing is evocative and well executed. The descriptions of people?s superstitions, of Witches and their reliance on Sagas contributed to the atmosphere of darkness and chill. However I didn?t feel surprised b...
  • Fiona
    Dec 17, 2018
    So nearly a 5 star read. I was drawn to this novel because it?s set in Iceland, a land and culture that has an endless fascination for me. It?s set in the 17th century and gets off to a slow start. Rosa leaves the love of her life behind to marry a wealthy man who can provide fo...
  • Shalini | Book Rambler
    Mar 11, 2019
    "On the coast of Iceland in November 1686 a tremor cracked the ice and a body floated to the surface of the sea. One arm was raised and its bone-white fingers waved, as if it was alive." The Glass Woman pulled me in with the promise of a haunting tale set in Iceland. The cover and...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Nov 13, 2018
    Oh I DEVOURED this book. Haunting, chilly, beautifully created, 17th Century Iceland comes alive on the page and you feel for  it?s inhabitants who struggle daily to survive.. Into this epic landscape comes Rosa, who marries for practical purposes not love and who comes to believe ...
  • Navessa
    Mar 14, 2019
    "A young bride must contend with ancient superstitions, disturbing secrets, and her mysterious new husband in this gothic historical novel, set in late-seventeeth-century Iceland, with the eerie, romantic atmosphere of Jane Eyre and Rebecca and the dark, haunting mystery of Burial Ri...
  • Whispering Stories
    Feb 25, 2019
    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com August 1686, Iceland. Rósa, the daughter of the late Bishop of Skalholt is living with her mother Sigridur in a little hut. They once lead a comfortable life, now after the death of her father, Rósa and her mother are struggling...
  • Thebooktrail
    Dec 16, 2018
    Visit the locations in the novel Out in February, this is a novel to watch out as it captures the magic of a country, the culture and belief system of its time. What a remarkable novel. So eery and chilling in both atmosphere and prose. The writing is exquisite and is carried...
  • Joanna Park
    Feb 16, 2019
    The Glass Woman is an extraordinary novel that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It manages to be atmospheric, gripping and very dark which makes it the perfect book to snuggle up with on cold nights. Firstly the Icelandic settings is superbly described so that the reader can picture th...
  • SueLucie
    Dec 17, 2018
    I didn?t just read this book, I experienced it. Caroline Lea conjures up an atmosphere fraught with tension that permeates every page. A tiny, isolated community is eking out an existence in a stark, brutal landscape where everything around them is dangerous - blizzards, the icy sea,...
  • Wendy
    Dec 29, 2018
    The Glass Woman is an artfully atmospheric tale crafted from words that have been chosen with the utmost care and nurtured to perfection. At the centre of an unforgiving landscape isolation and loneliness lie in wait. A person?s fate could easily be decided by a hellish snowstorm,...
  • 4cats
    Feb 22, 2019
    review to follow ...
  • 4cats
    Mar 01, 2019
    The Glass Woman is one of those novels which grows on you with every page. By setting this novel in 17th century Iceland, Caroline Lea takes us back in time to witness the hardships that her characters face on a daily basis. Rosa marries Jon ensure her her mother's survival even if it ...
  • Lou
    Feb 08, 2019
    The Glass Woman is a deceptively bleak tale set in the vast icy expanse of seventeenth-century Iceland, and what I enjoyed the most was how very dark it was; the atmosphere was ominous, to say the least, and completely oppressive. The beautiful, brutal setting added to the atmospherics...
  • Maria Hill AKA MH Books
    Mar 12, 2019
    I am abandoning this at only 24 pages in. The writing is not for me and compares unfavourably to more skillful writers such as Sally Magnusson (The Sealwoman's Gift). The writing style is overly simplistic for my taste and the romance subplot is already reading as overly clumsy and YA ...
  • peggy
    Mar 11, 2019
    Another genre i do not usually read. WOW Historical Crime Thriller par excellence. I read this book in one sitting and kept me reading late into the night, I could not put it down. Iceland 1686 where people's lives are steeped in traditions and superstition. Whispers of witchcraft. All...
  • Janel
    Feb 20, 2019
    The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea is a wonderful book, an atmospheric and immersive tale of superstition and salvation. Can we talk about the setting for this novel? Iceland, 1686 ? the perfect setting; in the village of Stykkisholmur, the whispers of the locals created this real sense...
  • Nikola
    Feb 21, 2019
    4 stars You can also read this review on on my book blog. I couldn?t resist joining the blog tour for The Glass Woman when I read the synopsis of it. I just felt like it?s my kind of book ? it has all the elements I like: historical fiction, mystery and intriguing plot. ...
  • Renee Godding
    Feb 15, 2019
    Actual rating: 4.5 stars This exceeded my expectations with how great it was. Iceland, 1686. Rosa, a village girl from an impoverished family, is send off into a marriage of financial convenience, in order to keep her secure funds for her sick mother to survive the harsh winter....