The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea | @CarolineleaLea @MichaelJBooks @JennyPlatt90 | #TheGlassWoman

Absolutely delighted to host a stop on the blog tour for The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea today! My thanks to Jenny Platt for the invitation to join and the stunning review copy!

Author : Caroline Lea
Title : The Glass Woman
Pages : 384
Publisher : Michael Joseph
Publication date : February 7, 2019


1686, Iceland.

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.


Oh, be still my beating historical-fiction-loving heart. This novel right here is exactly why I enjoy this genre so much! It reminded me a bit of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, which you should also most definitely read if you haven’t done so already.

The Glass Woman tells the story of Rósa in 1686 Iceland. Struggling with poverty and a poorly mother, Rósa finds herself rather unexpectedly betrothed to Jón. He is the wealthy chief of another settlement and marrying him will make sure Rósa’s mother and the other villagers will be taken care of. But when Rósa joins her new husband in the remote village of Stykkishólmur, there is no sign of a fairytale romance. Jón isn’t exactly the most loving husband and Rósa starts to wonder about his first wife. What happened to her anyway? There is a darkness hanging over this settlement and Rósa’s new home. Is she in danger?

With its short days and long nights, darkness is all around in this novel. When the snow begins to fall and you’re acutely aware of how remote this settlement actually is, you are left with an immensely chilling sense of isolation. The Glass Woman oozes atmosphere from start to finish. This story about forbidden love, fear and pretending to be someone you’re not is utterly immersive and brilliantly written. Full of superstition and suspicion, it’s perfectly paced and extremely compelling.

While there is the mystery of what happened to Jón’s first wife to solve, it was the characters who drew me in. Few of them came across as particularly likeable but this only added to the feeling of discomfort and general creepiness that runs through this novel. Just like Rósa, I wondered why the villagers were so wary of her and it was a struggle for me to figure out who to trust, if anyone. The fate of these characters was impossible to predict and while I felt the conclusion was satisfying, it almost left me a little saddened.

Haunting, beautifully atmospheric and full of complex characters, Caroline Lea’s novel captured my heart. If you enjoy historical fiction, I’m convinced it will do the same to you. I will without a doubt be keeping a firm eye on her in future.

The Glass Woman is available to buy!

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Caroline Lea was born and raised in Jersey. She gained a First in English Literature and Creative Writing from Warwick University and has had poetry published in The Phoenix Anthology and An Aston Anthology, which she also co-edited. 

Author link : Twitter

  21 comments for “The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea | @CarolineleaLea @MichaelJBooks @JennyPlatt90 | #TheGlassWoman

  1. February 9, 2019 at 9:27 am

    I’ve got this to read. Can’t wait! X

    Liked by 2 people

  2. February 9, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Fab review! I knew Caroline Lea when she was a teenager and an aspiring writer.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. February 9, 2019 at 11:30 am

    And Eva wins the award for best first line of a review, I love it!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. February 9, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Great review! I read this recently and thought it was brilliantly written and atmospheric.

    Liked by 2 people

    • February 9, 2019 at 11:51 am

      I must say it’s due to following your blog that my love for historical fiction has been re-ignited so thank you!

      Liked by 2 people

      • February 9, 2019 at 11:52 am

        Oh, how lovely of you to say 😄 I think there’s some great historical fiction around at the moment.

        Liked by 2 people

  5. February 9, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    This cover is beautiful!!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. February 9, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Fab review! I also love your photo on Instagram of the book! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 10, 2019 at 12:34 pm

      Thank you, Nikola! I’m trying to up my Instagram game lately so that means a lot! xx

      Liked by 1 person

  7. February 9, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Brilliant review. This is why I will always have so many books to read… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. February 9, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Wow, Eva, you’ve outdone yourself! I didn’t think this book was for me but you’ve completely changed my opinion. Outstanding 💜

    Liked by 1 person

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