The Glass Forest
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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, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she’s married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever.
When Paul’s niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby’s side.
Angie thinks they’re coming to the rescue of Paul’s grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic seventeen-year-old who resists Angie’s attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja’s eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage.
Through Silja’s flashbacks, Angie’s discovery of astonishing truths, and Ruby’s strategic dissection of her parents’ state of affairs, a story of love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal is revealed.
A compelling read
[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