Glass Boys

Oct 052012

Glass Boys by Nicole Lundrigan

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre; Reprint edition (July 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1553657977
ISBN-13: 978-1553657972

With vivid and unflinching prose, Nicole Lundrigan has created a riveting and deeply human saga of the persistence of evil and the depths and limits of love.

When Roy Trench is killed in a drunken prank gone wrong, his brother Lewis sees blood on the hands of the man responsible: the abusive alcoholic, Eli Fagan. Though the courts rule the death an accident, the event opens a seam of hate between the two families of Knife’s Point, Newfoundland.

Desperate to smother the painful past with love, Lewis marries Wilda, and the pleasure he takes in their two children — Melvin and Toby — recalls the happier days of his childhood with Roy. But as he watches his small family fracture, the darkness of the past begins to cloud the present, leading Lewis back to Eli Fagan — and his watchful stepson, Garrett Glass.

In the style of Newfoundland literature, established by Michael Crummey and Lisa Moore, Glass Boys is the haunting story of an unforgivable crime that brings two families to the brink.

A hauntingly vivid tale written in a Newfoundland accent, I found myself wishing for more lightness in this very dark book. The characters are all well written and very memorable.

This is a book that will stay with you long after you finish it. It’s a book I will probably read again.

I would recommend it to anyone who loves suspense, but be warned, this is definitely a hard read.

  5 Responses to “Glass Boys”

  1. Thanks for linking this in. If you pop back in a few days there should be a lovely collection of book links. Have a super week.

  2. Hi Vicki,

    I was so intrigued by your review for this book, that I checked out the Nicole’s site, assuming that she was probably a new author.

    I discovered that she has written three previous books, which all seem to have deep insightful stroylines, with a definite darkness running through them, as you highlight with’Glass Boys’.

    This is definitely a new author for my reading list, thanks for the recommendation.


  3. I just finished a dark book that I can’t recommend, so your recommendation of this dark book has me intrigued.

  4. This book was really interesting and suspenseful. However, it was also very dark and disturbing at times. Overall, I enjoyed this book.

  5. Interesting….thanks.

    I see you are reading THE HAPPY HOUSEWIFE. I read that as well. Different.

    Silver’s Reviews

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