Review: THE GLASS FOREST by Cynthia Swanson

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Thank you so much to Touchstone Books for providing my free copy – all opinions are my own. 

Book Description: 

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.

My Review: 

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 her father, Henry, has committed suicide and her mother, Silja, is missing. Paul and Angie rush to Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby’s side, and stay with her in the family home on the edge of the woods. And this is when things start to make a turn for the worse. Paul and Angie haven’t been married for very long, so how well does she really know him? Or Paul’s family for that matter?

Let me just flat out say I LOVE THIS BOOK. It’s a slow burning, atmospheric, brilliantly written suspense novel. The chapters alternate between Angie, Ruby, with flashback chapters from Silja. It starts out slow and steady, and then all of the sudden you can’t put it down. And I gush over the nuance and historical detail that went into telling the story. It really adds an extra level of uniqueness that I look for in this genre. This is not a hardcore thriller by any means, but rather reads more like a character study packed with suspense and a ton of intrigue!

If you’re like me and enjoy a compelling, suspenseful piece of literary fiction about a dysfunctional family with an abundance of secrets, then this one is for you! I am officially a fan of Swanson and cannot wait to read more of her books!

My rating is 5 / 5 stars!

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