The Glass Woman (Hardback)
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The Glass Woman (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 07/02/2019
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Waterstones Says

The punishing, unrelenting cold of seventeenth-century Iceland permeates every page of this tautly compelling, suspense-laden debut. Leaving aside the remote and historical setting there’s something of Du Maurier to the way Lea winds her tale of a young bride both drawn to and suspicious of her new and potentially dangerous husband and always, on the horizon, lies the deep and ever-treacherous landscape and a community just as remote and forbidding. A superb mystery from a talented new voice.

 

1686, Iceland.

An isolated, windswept land haunted by witch trials and steeped in the ancient sagas...

Betrothed unexpectedly to Jon Eiriksson, Rosa is sent to join her new husband in the remote village of Stykkisholmur. Here, the villagers are wary of outsiders.

But Rosa 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 - Rosa can feel it. Is it her husband, the villagers - or the land itself?

Alone and far from home, Rosa sees the darkness coming.

She fears she will be its next victim...

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780718188979
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 514 g
Dimensions: 222 x 138 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A fantastic, atmospheric debut.' - The Times

'Memorable and compelling. A novel about what haunts us - and what should.' - Sarah Moss, author of Ghost Wall

'Intensely written and atmospheric, with an unusual setting, this is a stark evocation of a community where fear of the outsider is rife and unsettling.' - The Daily Mail

'The eerie opening brilliantly sets the scene for a suspenseful read. A tremor cracks open an ice floe and an arm appears, plunging the reader into a harsh landscape and a world of suspicions and secrets.' - The Sunday Express 

'A perfect, gripping winter read. I loved it.' - Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure

'Utterly unputdownable. Rich in superstition and mystery, it pulled me in. An incredible novel.' -  Ali Land, author of Good Me Bad Me 

'Haunting, evocative and utterly compelling. The beautifully drawn narrative transports the reader to a time and place steeped in mystery and superstition, where nothing is ever quite as it seems. Stunning.' - Tracy Borman, author of The King's Witch

'Like a ghost story told around a winter fire, The Glass Woman is taut, haunting, and broodingly tense. Playing out against the harsh backdrop of the Icelandic winter, it kept me hooked all the way to the end.' - Tim Leach, author of Smile of the Wolf

'A chilling tale.' - Good Housekeeping

'Tremendous. Atmospheric and beautifully wrought, The Glass Woman is both chilling and beguiling.' - Elizabeth Fremantle

'Suspenseful, gripping and beautifully drawn.' - Cecilia Ekback, author of Wolf Winter 

'Tells the tale of the Icelandic witch trials.' - Red

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“Lyrical, haunting novel set in Iceland”

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