The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

665E04B3-3348-4810-B899-36F7635A7752Thank you to Touchstone Books for providing me with a free digital copy of The Glass Forest in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Glass Forest is a slow burning examination of family and how much, and how little, we know about the people around us. Angie is a young new mother and wife of the older Paul and she couldn’t be happier.  She wants nothing more than a simple life in her hometown and it seems she has got just that.  However, secrets about her husband Paul begin to surface when his teenage niece Ruby calls to give them some devastating news: Ruby’s father is dead of apparent suicide, after what police are speculating was devastation at being abandoned by Ruby’s mother Silja. Now Ruby is alone, so Angie and Paul immediately fly to her side so they can be there for Ruby and so Paul can make the arrangements for the death of his brother, Henry. Angie seems to be the only normal person in this picture and the longer they stay with Ruby in her parents house, the stranger the circumstances get.  When the police call Ruby in for the questioning about her mother’s whereabouts, Angie starts to look for clues about what really happened to this family and what secrets from the past may have caused it.

This thriller had me feeling uneasy from the start. It is obvious very early on that things were off kilter and that it would only be a matter of time before we find out what is going on. For being strongly character driven, this was a page turner for me and I found myself thinking of the book and wanting to know what was going to happen. Angie seemed to be the only character who was normal and I couldn’t wait to find out how the secrets from Paul and Henry’s past affected their dire situation. Reading this felt like peeling away layers of an onion, each slightly unstable character was very dynamic and kept me guessing till the end.  I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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