Glass Woman
Caroline Lea

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Narrated By: Heiða Reed, Smari Gunn

Duration: 11 hours and 18 minutes

What to expect

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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 talk of it. Instead he gives her a small glass figurine. She does not know what it signifies.

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 . . .


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

'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 Glass Woman transports the reader to a time and place steeped in mystery, 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

'Suspenseful, gripping and beautifully drawn' Cecilia Ekbäck, author of Wolf Winter

Genre

Historical fiction, Historical crime & mysteries, Thriller / suspense fiction, Historical romance, Romantic suspense, Fiction: general & literary

Listen to a sample

A gorgeous book about the power of stories that makes the landscape of Iceland as powerful a character as any of the humans

Sarah Shaffi, PHOENIX

Crackles with tension. Moving and atmospheric, I couldn't put it down

Laura Purcell, author of THE SILENT COMPANIONS and THE CORSET

Memorable and compelling. A novel about what haunts us - and what should

Sarah Moss, author of The Times Book of the Year 'Ghost Wall'

A haunting novel that delivers chills. THE GLASS WOMAN is charged with the dark energy of the Icelandic Sagas

Kirkus Reviews

Utterly unputdownable. Rich in superstition and mystery, it pulled me in. An incredible novel

Ali Land, author of Sunday Times Bestselling 'Good Me Bad Me'

An enthralling tale of the Icelandic witch trials

Stacey Halls, bestselling author of THE FAMILIARS

Mystery and potential danger linger throughout, and with its dreamy prose THE GLASS WOMAN satisfies readers with the ways of an old world

Publisher's Weekly

Suspenseful, gripping and beautifully drawn

Cecilia Ekbäck, author of 'Wolf Winter'

A fantastic, atmospheric debut

The Times

A chilling and enthralling telling of the Icelandic witch trials. Not only beautifully drawn but poignant, evocative and fascinating. A haunting gothic tale'

Historia

A gothic novel for a cold climate. Mesmerising

Elly Griffiths, author of THE STRANGER DIARIES

A tense, Iceland-set thriller

Sunday Post

Tremendous. Atmospheric and beautifully wrought, The Glass Woman is both chilling and beguiling

Elizabeth Fremantle

A rare look at male witch trials, set in Iceland

Guardian

Compelling, atmospheric

The Times

This evocative debut is compelling with a brilliant twist

Daily Express

Lea draws upon Jane Eyre, Rebecca and Bluebeard to create an eerie, unsettling atmosphere ... Full of promise, and I look forward to reading more from Lea

Daily Telegraph

A perfect, gripping winter read. I loved it

Sophie Mackintosh, Man Booker longlisted author of 'The Water Cure'

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

Sunday Express

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

Daily Mail

A chilling tale

Good Housekeeping

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'

Eerie and atmospheric

Daily Telegraph

Tells the tale of the Icelandic witch trials

Red

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 The Times Book of the Year 'Smile of the Wolf'

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'

Is this some Icelandic version of Jane Eyre in which a madwoman lurks in the attic? Or do ghosts haunt the household? In a sense they do, although the truth Rosa eventually uncovers in this compelling, atmospheric novel are more material and more disturbing than her imaginings

Sunday Times

Gripped me in a cold fist. Beautiful