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The Glass Woman

(2019)
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Longlisted for the Historical Writers Association Debut Crown Award

In the tradition of Jane Eyre and Rebecca - The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea in which a young woman follows her new husband to his remote home on the Icelandic coast in the 1680s, where she faces dark secrets surrounding the death of his first wife amidst a foreboding landscape and the superstitions of the local villagers.

"Gripped me in a cold fist. Beautiful." (Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton)

"An Icelandic Jane Eyre." (Sunday Times London)

Rosa has always dreamed of living a simple life alongside her Mamma in their remote village in Iceland, where she prays to the Christian God aloud during the day, whispering enchantments to the old gods alone at night. But after her father dies abruptly and her Mamma becomes ill, Rosa marries herself off to a visiting trader in exchange for a dowry, despite rumors of mysterious circumstances surrounding his first wife's death.

Rosa follows her new husband, Jon, across the treacherous countryside to his remote home near the sea. There Jon works the field during the day, expecting Rosa to maintain their house in his absence with the deference of a good Christian wife. What Rosa did not anticipate was the fierce loneliness she would feel in her new home, where Jon forbids her from interacting with the locals in the nearby settlement and barely speaks to her himself.

Seclusion from the outside world isn't the only troubling aspect of her new life - Rosa is also forbidden from going into Jon's attic. When Rosa begins to hear strange noises from upstairs, she turns to the local woman in an attempt to find solace. But the villager's words are even more troubling - confirming many of the rumors about Jon's first wife, Anna, including that he buried her body alone in the middle of the night.

Rosa's isolation begins to play tricks on her mind: What - or who - is in the attic? What happened to Anna? Was she mad, a witch, or just a victim of Jon's ruthless nature? And when Jon is brutally maimed in an accident, a series of events are set in motion that will force Rosa to choose between obedience and defiance - with her own survival and the safety of the ones she loves hanging in the balance.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"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

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

"Utterly unputdownable. Rich in superstition and mystery, it pulled me in. An incredible novel." - Ali Land

"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

"A perfect, gripping winter read. I loved it." - Sophie Mackintosh

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


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Hardback Editions

March 2020 : USA Library Binding

Title: The Glass Woman
Author(s): Caroline Lea
ISBN: 1-4328-7390-3 / 978-1-4328-7390-5 (USA edition)
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September 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Glass Woman: A Novel
Author(s): Caroline Lea
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Title: The Glass Woman
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November 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Glass Woman
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ISBN: 1-4059-3461-1 / 978-1-4059-3461-9 (UK edition)
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Title: The Glass Woman
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ISBN: 1-4059-3462-X / 978-1-4059-3462-6 (UK edition)
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February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Glass Woman The
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ISBN: 0-7181-8898-5 / 978-0-7181-8898-6 (UK edition)
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September 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Glass Woman: A Novel
Author(s): Caroline Lea
ISBN: 1-09-402596-8 / 978-1-09-402596-4
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September 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Glass Woman: Library Edition
Author(s): Caroline Lea
ISBN: 1-09-402595-X / 978-1-09-402595-7
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September 2019 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Glass Woman: A Novel
Author(s): Caroline Lea
ISBN: 1-09-402597-6 / 978-1-09-402597-1
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Title: The Glass Woman: A Novel
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February 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Glass Woman
Author(s): Caroline Lea
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February 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Glass Woman
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September 2019 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Glass Woman: A Novel
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