Outside a remote manor house in an idyllic wood, a baby girl is found.
The Harrington family takes her in and disbelief quickly turns to joy. They’re grieving a terrible tragedy of their own and the beautiful baby fills them with hope, lighting up the house’s dark, dusty corners. Desperate not to lose her to the authorities, they keep her secret, suspended in a blissful summer world where normal rules of behaviour – and the law – don’t seem to apply.
But within days a body will lie dead in the grounds. And their dreams of a perfect family will shatter like glass.
Years later, the truth will need to be put back together again, piece by piece . . .
From the author of Black Rabbit Hall, The Glass House is a emotional, thrilling book about family secrets and belonging – and how we find ourselves when we are most lost.
So many thanks to Netgalley & GP Putnam’s Sons for the chance to read this book!
The Daughters of Foxcote Manor sealed the deal for me, Eve Chase has without a doubt become one of my go-to authors. Yet again, I’m eagerly enjoying all of the books set in giant houses with mysterious pasts, especially those set in England. This book made me so ready for a big cup of tea and a dip in temperature!
After finishing up Black Rabbit Hall not too long ago, I was jumping for joy when I was able to score Eve Chase’s latest release through Netgalley. While this story started a little slow and took me some time to get the hang of the varying narrators, I was certain this would be an exceptional story up to par with all of Eve Chase’s previous works. After I got the rhythm of the story figured out, I was hooked! The past and present perspectives were both equally interesting and kept me on my toes. The cliffhangers at the end of the chapters kept me anxiously reading and grateful to pick the book back up every time I was forced to take a break.
One of the things that stood out to me in this story was the longing I was able to feel through Rita, one of the three main characters. Eve Chase was able to capture the maternal instincts of this character perfectly. There have been many times in my own life when I’ve wanted to adopt a child who was facing difficulties or a lack of proper parental care. The urge to love and mother someone’s unfortunate child had been almost too great to bear. I was able to experience this anguish through Rita as if it was happening to me.
I also was impressed with how each perspective tied together in the end of this story. I was unsure how the dots might connect as I was reading, but as I got closer to the end, my mind was absolutely blown. Despite the hardships the characters faced, making this story have a predominately melancholy feel, I was delighted with how things turned out. This ended up being a beautiful tale of family, love, and allowed readers to experience how even the saddest of situations can have great outcomes.
As always with Eve Chase’s books, I’m giving this my highest recommendation!
Rating: 5 stars