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, 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.

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  • Sarah Joint

    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. Som...

  • Theresa Alan

    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/19...

  • Zoeytron

    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 ...

  • Carol

    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 altern...

  • Kendall

    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 s...

  • JanB

    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 fam...

  • Diane S ?

    DNF at 35% Will leave rated. Just so plodding got slow, and I'm just not feeling anything....

  • Tammie

    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. ...

  • Michelle

    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 w...

  • MomIsReading

    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 tak...