The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

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Cynthia Swanson is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. The Glass Forest is her second novel (2018). Learn more about the author and her book, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.

Cynthia Swanson is both, a writer and a designer. The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Bookseller, her first book, she has published short fiction in numerous journals and been a Pushcart Prize nominee. She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado.

Cynthia started out in college majoring in Architecture, because she has always loved design, and she thought she needed to pursue a “practical” career. But after a few years, she went back to her first love – writing – changing her major to English. She was a freelance technical/marketing writer for many years. All the while, she aspired to a creative writing career. Now that she has two traditionally published novels, she concentrates on writing fiction and personal essay, as well as providing manuscript consultation to other writers.

An Indie Next selection and the winner of the 2016 WILLA Award for Historical Fiction, The Bookseller has been translated into a dozen languages. Let’s take a closer look now at her second novel, The Glass Forest (2018).


“[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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  1. Great read! I like Cynthia Swanson’s writing style and the various places in which the story takes place. The suspense builds and builds as you are reading. I especially enjoyed the 1960s setting, and how that time period played into the characters’ lives. Highly recommended!

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