‘The Glass Woman’ by Caroline Lea

1686, ICELAND. AN ISOLATED, WINDSWEPT LAND HAUNTED BY WITCH TRIALS AND STEEPED IN THE ANCIENT SAGAS

Really super writing and set in 17th century Iceland, where the land is a vital character in the story-telling. Perfect read for a cold winter day by the fire. I loved visiting the isolated communities and seeing their ways and superstitions. The central characters had some great depth and the crafting of the writing was so skilled that the slow psychological reveals were so fascinating. Superb plotting and word crafting throughout.
The reader really gets a sense of the country, and that’s what I really enjoyed; how the tales and legends of the land were embedded into the overall story-telling frame around Jon and Rosa’s stories. The writer assuredly controls the reader and weaves in some fascinating threads and we are unsure of anyone’s intentions and how much they will be willing to do and sacrifice. Very clever writing.
It’s atmospheric and haunting and I would recommend this book.

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