National Media

  • Library Journal: [A] triumph. Swanson is a name to be considered among the likes of Gillian Flynn, Chris Pavone, and Laura Lippman." Read the full starred review here.
  • Publishers Weekly: "...[s]tunning...Swanson uses exquisitely rendered characters and an intricately woven plot to explore the cultural and political fallout of WWII, as well as the changing role and limited rights of women in the mid-20th century. This intoxicating slow burn builds to a conclusion rife with shocking reveals." Read the full starred review here.
  • RT Book Reviews: "A mixture of family saga and mystery, this novel delivers on both fronts." Read the full review here.

 Author Reviews

  • "Richly atmospheric and beautifully detailed, The Glass Forest is as much about the secrets these women kept from each other, as it is about the truths they kept from themselves." (Kimberly McCreight, NYT bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia and Where They Found Her)
  • "A rich and unforgettable read!" (Kate Moretti, NYT bestselling author of The Blackbird Season)
  • "Readers will be captivated by this haunting post-war tale of secrets, manipulation, and lost innocence." (Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of The Two-Family House)
  • "Atmospheric and unsettling, The Glass Forest depicts, with razor sharp edges, the walls we don't see until we find ourselves trapped within them."  (Jessica Strawser, author of Almost Missed You)
  • "Part family saga, part mystery, part coming of age, this richly detailed historical novel is both a fascinating portrait of a woman’s life during this time and a meticulously plotted thriller." (Jillian Cantor, author of Margot and The Lost Letter)


Book Bloggers and Reviewers

  • Leslie Lindsay, Always With a Book says The Glass Forest is '''An enthralling, atmospheric domestic thriller in a somber tone amidst the backdrop of the 1940s-1960s."
  • West Metro Mommy Reads calls The Glass Forest "...a smart mystery that will keep you guessing..."
  • Reading and Eating warns "...This twisted, creepy, literary thriller is filled with a cast of characters so quietly deceptive even they start to believe their own lies. You will not be able to put it down (or walk in the forest alone.)"
  • Reading Group Choices let me chime in on words used only in Wisconsin, and authors I loved as a child.

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