I’ve been trying to read genres that are outside of my comfort this year and stories set overseas, specifically in Scandinavia, are high at the top of my to-read list. We all know that I love crime fiction and thrillers and naturally, I love a book that leaves me literally shivering in delight when I read it, so getting an email inviting me onto the tour for The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea came at the perfect time.
Set in Iceland in the late 1600s, the story of The Glass Woman follows Rósa and Jon Eriksson. After the death of her father, Rósa meets Jon and decides to marry him – for practicality’s purpose, not for love, of course. Jon is wealthy and will make a good husband. With the marriage comes the understanding that things aren’t quite as they seem, with whispers about Jon and his first wife making the rounds – ‘witchcraft’ being a word quick to each of the gossips’ lips. Jon is feared by people in his town, seemingly for good reason. What exactly happened to his first wife and why does Rósa have to do everything he tells her to do, despite only just meeting him?
I am more than excited to finish up with The Glass Woman – due to an issue with the snow and the postman, my copy only arrived in the last few days, so I haven’t had a chance to finish it yet, but what I have read so far spikes so much excitement and intrigue from within me. The writing is incredibly suspenseful and exciting – I love how the story hops from month to month and focuses on different accounts of the same story, almost eliminating the unreliable narrator and allowing the reader to feel all the more absorbed into the story.
Rosa seems to be a very fascinating character- leaving her love behind to marry rich, ensuring that she can provide care to her sick mother, she most definitely appears to me as a tragic character who has bitten off far more than she can chew with Jon. The setting is fantastic- I’m really able to envision what is happening as it’s incredibly descriptive, although at first glance it does seem as though it could be set anywhere in Scandinavia, as opposed to specifically in Iceland. One to consider if you’re a lovely of intriguing, thrilling fiction said in cold, frosty Iceland.
I’ll likely be coming back to this review to update it when I finally get to the end of The Glass Woman and I have no doubts that it will be a fantastic addition to my reading list for the year!