The Glass Woman

The Glass Woman

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"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 speak of it. The villagers mistrust them both. Dark threats are whispered. There is an evil here - Rósa can feel it. Is it her husband, the villagers - or the land itself? Alone and far from home, Rósa sees the darkness coming. She fears she will be its next victim . . ."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: London : Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Books, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780718188979
Characteristics: 391 pages ;,24 cm.

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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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