Girls of Glass
It takes more than a lie to hide the dark secrets of this picture-perfect family.When the granddaughter of one of Florida’s most powerful judges disappears, it triggers a personal trauma for Detective Alice Garner: the kidnapping and murder of her own child. As a flood of painful memories comes rushing back, Alice sees herself in the guilt-ridden and emotionally fragile mother Charlotte Burke, who has become the target of a rush to judgment.All too familiar with Charlotte’s situation, Alice is reluctant to cast any blame. Her gut instincts tell her that Charlotte’s anguish is rooted in something else—somewhere too dark for the truth to be seen. And Alice believes that it’s hiding behind the facade of the illustrious and guarded Burke mansion.But uncovering Charlotte’s past comes with a risk. For Alice’s own life is becoming entangled in the secrets and lies of the picture-perfect family—an image that is about to be shattered in so many unexpected ways.

Girls of Glass Details

TitleGirls of Glass
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 15th, 2019
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Girls of Glass Review

  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Let me introduce you to the players aka The Burke family: Sterling Burke - The most prominent judge in Florida. He's such a charming man that he has everyone from the mayor to the governor in his back pocket. Nothing bad ever happens to Sterling and nothing ever will. Hollis Burke - Sterlings wife and mother to Charlotte and Mellie. She rules the house with an iron fist and spews vitriol to anyone that dare disagree with her. A loving mother she is not. Mellie Burke - Oldest daughter, mother of Let me introduce you to the players aka The Burke family: Sterling Burke - The most prominent judge in Florida. He's such a charming man that he has everyone from the mayor to the governor in his back pocket. Nothing bad ever happens to Sterling and nothing ever will. Hollis Burke - Sterlings wife and mother to Charlotte and Mellie. She rules the house with an iron fist and spews vitriol to anyone that dare disagree with her. A loving mother she is not. Mellie Burke - Oldest daughter, mother of 18 yr old Trudy, she spends most of her days self medicating with alcohol while laying about her parents house. Charlotte Burke - Youngest daughter, mother to 5 year old Ruby, a shell of a woman really. Her fathers favorite and her mothers nemesis. It appears the Burkes like to keep their children close. Why else would two grown woman and their children still live at home? Clearly something is amiss. Then one day Ruby goes missing and soon her body is found on the beach. Detectives Alice Garner and Joe Nakamura are called in to investigate. What exactly goes on behind closed doors of the Burke mansion? It appears everyone has secrets. "It was curious how so often people saw only the surface of one another. They filled in the blanks they didn't know or couldn't understand with preconceived notions that had no grounding in reality." The chapters alternate between "Before" and "After" where we get the perspectives of Alice, Charlotte, and Trudy. This was a little bit confusing at first but after a few chapters I was able to grasp the back and forth. While in the Alice chapters we find out in flashbacks that her own daughter was kidnapped and killed which is the driving force behind her solving this crime.I really enjoyed the banter between Detectives Garner and Nakamura. Garner is tough as nails after losing her daughter while Nakamura was the surprisingly kind and understanding older seasoned detective. They really seemed to have a deep connection even though they were complete opposites. My one complaint is that for some reason I never felt any real empathy for the Burke girls and I most certainly should have. It's a strange feeling when you read something like this but feel emotionally cut off from the characters. The book was a slow burn but an interesting one. The twist and the ending were a complete shock. Like, never in a million years would I have predicted this outcome. Well played! 3 stars! Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of GIRLS OF GLASS by Brianna Labuskes in exchange for my honest review.***Alice, a detective, investigates the kidnapping of a five-year-old girl, five years after her own daughter was kidnapped and murdered.Based on what I enjoy and dislike about thrillers, I shouldn’t have been glued to GIRLS OF GLASS, holding my breath in anticipation. On the surface most of the characters were truly unlikable and unsympathetic. Ruby’s mother Charlo ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of GIRLS OF GLASS by Brianna Labuskes in exchange for my honest review.***Alice, a detective, investigates the kidnapping of a five-year-old girl, five years after her own daughter was kidnapped and murdered.Based on what I enjoy and dislike about thrillers, I shouldn’t have been glued to GIRLS OF GLASS, holding my breath in anticipation. On the surface most of the characters were truly unlikable and unsympathetic. Ruby’s mother Charlotte and aunt Trudy made me cringe, until I got to know them. Then, I could root for them, hope they weren’t the perp, while still not actually *liking* them as individuals. Rudy’s physically and emotionally abusive grandmother and her grandfather who may have been worse were as one dimensional as villains can be, yet somehow I bought into their awfulness. My favorite character was Zeke and Trudy grew on me in the second half of GIRLS OF GLASS.Labuskes drops twists seamlessly into the plot, making sense while creeping me out. My theories on the perp never felt strong enough to make me certain. I didn’t see the very satisfying end coming.GIRLS OF GLASS is a must read, edge-of-your-sear thriller that I will reread to see which clues I missed.
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  • Tara Vaglio
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! What did I just read?! This is the second book I've read from Brianna Labuskes and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her attention to detail and the way she weaves in small clues - her writing is the definition of a slow burn. And I did not see that ending coming! This was a great book and I recommend to anyone that enjoys suspense, mysteries, and thrillers. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Caroline Mitchell
    January 1, 1970
    I was totally gripped by this dark and captivating book. Filled with secrets and lies, it held my interest from the very first page. A highly recommended read.
  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 suspenseful stars for this taut thriller centered around the kidnapping of a five year old girl - a girl who is also the granddaughter of a prominent judge. When Det. Alice Garner catches the case, the similarities to the kidnapping and murder of her own daughter a few years prior start to bring up old emotions - in both Alice and me as the reader! I thought Labuskes hit it out of the park with this one and I was eager to find out who was to blame here! Thank you to Thomas & Mercer for a 4.5 suspenseful stars for this taut thriller centered around the kidnapping of a five year old girl - a girl who is also the granddaughter of a prominent judge. When Det. Alice Garner catches the case, the similarities to the kidnapping and murder of her own daughter a few years prior start to bring up old emotions - in both Alice and me as the reader! I thought Labuskes hit it out of the park with this one and I was eager to find out who was to blame here! Thank you to Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Girls Of Glass is a suspenseful psychological thriller. I liked some things, such as, the suspense, the pace, so many twists and turns and a shocking end. I disliked the timeline jumping all over the place because that's just confusing. The characters are likeable and unlikable and intriguing. Overall, it's a well written story. The suspense will keep you reading. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kelsy | goodvibesgoodbooks
    January 1, 1970
    I have come to realize that I am not a huge mystery fan, and when I novel is categorized as such.. I am very picky as to which I like, and am harder on them rating wise then other genres. But this, this was incredible. It was twisted, disturbing, and you really never knew where the next page was going to take you. I got everything wrong, and that's exactly what I loved and hated, all at once. A MUST READ for any mystery readers.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    "There was a human need to be known by others. It drove criminals to confession; it withered the souls of those who had no one to be known by."A very dark drama that simmers with hints of the revelations to come. Secrets and pain that overwhelm and result in the kind of tragedy that should never happen. What a story! Although this is, on one level, a detective novel, it's so much more psychological and domestic noir. It starts out with a kidnapping and ends with a shocker. NO SPOILERS.The Burkes "There was a human need to be known by others. It drove criminals to confession; it withered the souls of those who had no one to be known by."A very dark drama that simmers with hints of the revelations to come. Secrets and pain that overwhelm and result in the kind of tragedy that should never happen. What a story! Although this is, on one level, a detective novel, it's so much more psychological and domestic noir. It starts out with a kidnapping and ends with a shocker. NO SPOILERS.The Burkes are St. Petersburg, Florida, royalty. The patriarch is Judge Sterling Burke who has complete control over his 2 daughters, Charlotte and Mellie, and his granddaughters, Trudy and Ruby. His wife, Hollis, is a cold and calculating jailer, and nothing escapes her notice and scathing punishments. When Ruby is kidnapped and the police are called, it's detectives Alice Garner and her partner, Joe Nakamura, who take point on the investigation. Three women share the narrative point of view: Alice Garner, a recent transfer from DC to this beach town, she's still grieving after the kidnapping and death of her own 5-year-old daughter, Lila. She's emotional and fragile (and you won't be able to forget that because the author keeps reminding you). She is determined to figure out what is going on behind the Burke's mansion doors and to keep control of this case. Charlotte is the second Burke daughter and she's a bit of a mess with all sorts of psychological issues stemming from her personal situation in the home and the horrible circumstances surrounding her daughter, Ruby. And lastly, there's granddaughter, Trudy, who is only 18 but still has a little bit of strength and rebellion left inside. She adored Ruby and goes to great lengths to uncover what happened. At first it's a bit hard to keep all the characters straight and the shifting time frame with each new chapter, but it quickly falls into a rhythm.One thing that becomes obvious almost immediately is that the writing is so darn good. The author has a way with a turn of phrase that just jumps off the page. "The Burke women were the snakes who couldn't bit the foot that stepped on them." Wow. And so many more that help with making the characters and their motivations become more clear -- "It had already been her cage. Now it was her prison." I was so torn throughout trying to figure out what really happened to Ruby and who did it and why. Did I connect with the characters? Some more than others but many made decisions and acted in ways that I found hard to understand. The Burke women...well, I wish that the book hadn't ended as it did because I wanted to know the aftermath. The detective due was an interesting pairing as their personalities were night and day and Alice was an enigmatic mess who seemed to want it that way. Very interesting individuals.So, I really liked this one. It was the first I've read by this author but I intend to look up anything else she's written and delve into that. I like a slow build and surprise. Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the e-book ARC to read and review.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Girls Of GlassByBrianna LabuskesWhat it's all about...Detective Alice Garner and her partner Detective Nakamura are thrust into the kidnapping of a young child who is part of a prominent Florida family. The crime resonates with Alice because her young daughter was also taken and murdered years ago. Alice can barely hold on as she and her partner get deeper and deeper into the lives of this family. There is an evil abusive mother in this family. The father is a prominent judge who has a less than Girls Of GlassByBrianna LabuskesWhat it's all about...Detective Alice Garner and her partner Detective Nakamura are thrust into the kidnapping of a young child who is part of a prominent Florida family. The crime resonates with Alice because her young daughter was also taken and murdered years ago. Alice can barely hold on as she and her partner get deeper and deeper into the lives of this family. There is an evil abusive mother in this family. The father is a prominent judge who has a less than stellar reputation. Two grown daughters...Mellie and Charlotte...and their children...Trudy and Ruby...live with them...obviously all under their mother’s control. My thoughts after reading this book...Wow! This book set a fast pace from the start and kept a fast pace with incredible twists and turns throughout. Hollis...was a most evil mother. Her grown daughters were under her control 24/7. She monitored their money, credit cards and comings and goings. Trudy...the teenager...is desperate to break away from this family. There is obviously some horrible secret within the walls of this house. Rumors about the father are everywhere but no one dares to confront him. From the start I got the feeling that the father was a predator and an evil one, too.What I loved best...The interactions of this family were what carried this book. Alice and her issues added to the suspense, too. By the time everything was disclosed I was reeling! What potential readers might want to know...This is a great story. It has all of the requisite twists and turns to keep a reader guessing about the ending. I borrowed this book from Prime Reading through Amazon. It was my choice to read and review it.
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  • Sid
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my God!! How do I even start to review this book? This has been easily one of the best books I've read in this year, one of the best book I've read ever. Such a brilliantly written book, such a brilliant style of writing. The story was always fluid and never made me feel like it was trying too hard. It had me hooked from the very beginning. When the prologue starts like that, what else is supposed to happen! And another thing which I've written in many of my mystery/thriller book reviews, whe Oh my God!! How do I even start to review this book? This has been easily one of the best books I've read in this year, one of the best book I've read ever. Such a brilliantly written book, such a brilliant style of writing. The story was always fluid and never made me feel like it was trying too hard. It had me hooked from the very beginning. When the prologue starts like that, what else is supposed to happen! And another thing which I've written in many of my mystery/thriller book reviews, whenever I've been reading a book like that I've always been trying to figure out who the killer was and 7 times out of 10, I've guessed it correctly. But this one when the big reveal was made, the way my jaws responded to the force of gravity. it has rarely done so. I could have never ever guessed it and I was never able to in the end. And a tip of the hat to the author, the characters that she created for this book were absolutely brilliant. You felt sorry for the characters that you were meant to feel sorry for and you hated the characters that you were meant to hate. Brilliantly written wonderful book, This was my first book by Brianna Labuskes but most certainly will not be the last.. I want to give this book 5 million stars but since only 5 is available, 5 stars it is. A big thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for giving me an opportunity to read this wonderful book as an ARC in return of my honest review.
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  • Sid
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my God!! How do I even start to review this book? This has been easily one of the best books I've read in this year, one of the best book I've read ever. Such a brilliantly written book, such a brilliant style of writing. The story was always fluid and never made me feel like it was trying too hard. It had me hooked from the very beginning. When the prologue starts like that, what else is supposed to happen! And another thing which I've written in many of my mystery/thriller book reviews, whe Oh my God!! How do I even start to review this book? This has been easily one of the best books I've read in this year, one of the best book I've read ever. Such a brilliantly written book, such a brilliant style of writing. The story was always fluid and never made me feel like it was trying too hard. It had me hooked from the very beginning. When the prologue starts like that, what else is supposed to happen! And another thing which I've written in many of my mystery/thriller book reviews, whenever I've been reading a book like that I've always been trying to figure out who the killer was and 7 times out of 10, I've guessed it correctly. But this one when the big reveal was made, the way my jaws responded to the force of gravity. it has rarely done so. I could have never ever guessed it and I was never able to in the end. And a tip of the hat to the author, the characters that she created for this book were absolutely brilliant. You felt sorry for the characters that you were meant to feel sorry for and you hated the characters that you were meant to hate. Brilliantly written wonderful book, This was my first book by Brianna Labuskes but most certainly will not be the last.. I want to give this book 5 million stars but since only 5 is available, 5 stars it is. A big thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for giving me an opportunity to read this wonderful book as an ARC in return of my honest review.
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  • oh!fortheluvofbooks
    January 1, 1970
    Does the audible narrator know that St Pete, Florida natives DO NOT have country accents? I mean that really bugged me with the audio bookI’m super excited this is set is St Pete because that’s my home town, but also I think it made me more critical because the audio book narrator gave them southern accents and that’s soooo wrong. They don’t have them and in fact they make fun of them. And St. Pete was also described as a nasty, drug infested place and that’s not true at all. It’s really awesome Does the audible narrator know that St Pete, Florida natives DO NOT have country accents? I mean that really bugged me with the audio bookI’m super excited this is set is St Pete because that’s my home town, but also I think it made me more critical because the audio book narrator gave them southern accents and that’s soooo wrong. They don’t have them and in fact they make fun of them. And St. Pete was also described as a nasty, drug infested place and that’s not true at all. It’s really awesome and everyone is open minded. I mean it has bad parts but what city doesn’t? This is VERY VERY DARK *TW for child rape, child molestion, murder, physical and emotional abuse. I enjoyed the Burke’s parts of the story, I really didn’t care for Them but still thought the story was good. Trudy was a HUGE bitch allll the time and yes she had been through a lot and had a lot of anger but I just her like it made ZERO sense for Charlotte and Trudy to treat each other the way they did when they were in the same situation? The plot twist smacked me right in the face. I never saw it coming and I loved it!!!! This book was actually very entertaining even through its flaws and the ending is so worth it.
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  • Kathy Sandlin
    January 1, 1970
    I was very excited to read a suspense book set in Florida. It had the makings of a great story with an unspeakable crime and tremendously flawed characters. The story itself was good with some nice twists. What detracted from the story was the setting. When reading a book you don’t realize how much that plays into a story until you read one that just doesn’t work. When picking an actual city that exists you need to have little landmark references even if there are only a few. This story was set I was very excited to read a suspense book set in Florida. It had the makings of a great story with an unspeakable crime and tremendously flawed characters. The story itself was good with some nice twists. What detracted from the story was the setting. When reading a book you don’t realize how much that plays into a story until you read one that just doesn’t work. When picking an actual city that exists you need to have little landmark references even if there are only a few. This story was set in St. Petersburg and I came away feeling that it was a seedy place to be with no redeeming qualities which is so far from the truth. Even if it was just mentioning seeing the pink Don Cesar Hotel in the distance on the beach that would have helped. It would have been better to have the setting in a fictitious Florida city. Once I got into the heart of the twists and turns the book was better. Thank you NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kristine
    January 1, 1970
    This book definitely held my attention and was a very easy read. It had many problems with its plot, though, and I felt the ending was a bit of a stretch. Decent reading if you would like to have an easy read.
  • Lexie Tyrer
    January 1, 1970
    Just wow This book keeps you on your toes the entire time. All the twists and turns you crave. Definitely wasn’t the ending I was expecting.
  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Girls of Glass by author Brianna Labuskes has a shocking conclusion! I could not stop reading this book once I started and when I realized the ... Wait I cannot post spoilers!! This is such a heart-rending story. Alice is a detective in search for answers regarding missing five-year-old Ruby. This case is especially hard for Alice because her daughter was abducted and murdered a few years earlier. She has purposed she will not let her past grief interfere with her pursuit of Ruby and later the m Girls of Glass by author Brianna Labuskes has a shocking conclusion! I could not stop reading this book once I started and when I realized the ... Wait I cannot post spoilers!! This is such a heart-rending story. Alice is a detective in search for answers regarding missing five-year-old Ruby. This case is especially hard for Alice because her daughter was abducted and murdered a few years earlier. She has purposed she will not let her past grief interfere with her pursuit of Ruby and later the murderers. Charlotte is from a wealthy family. She has tried to be the perfect daughter, but she learned at an early age that monsters are real and sometimes they live in your own home. Her daughter Ruby is missing and she fears for her fate and the secrets which have affected the choices she has made in their lives.Trudy is a teenager and lives in the home of her wealthy grandparents with her mom, her aunt Charlotte, and cousin Ruby. She knows what is like to be a prisoner in this home. She wants to escape her domineering grandmother, her nighttime monster grandfather, and her clueless mother. So much conflict in one home comes together to form the perfect storm for this whole family. The ending is riveting!Publication Date: January 15, 2019
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I would give this book a solid three and a half stars. It’s not quite a four star book. But it also is a stronger read than just three. It is told from the perspective of three different women. You need to pay attention to whose chapter you are reading. It is also not a linear story line. The story jumps back and forth all told around a time of a young child’s kid napping. Some chapters are days b I would like to thank Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I would give this book a solid three and a half stars. It’s not quite a four star book. But it also is a stronger read than just three. It is told from the perspective of three different women. You need to pay attention to whose chapter you are reading. It is also not a linear story line. The story jumps back and forth all told around a time of a young child’s kid napping. Some chapters are days before and some are days after. With the different perspectives and the nonlinear time line you really need to pay attention to what you are reading. I personally enjoy this style of book. You either love it or you hate it, but personally I am all in. As far as the big secrets in the book, I wasn’t shocked and figured it out rather early. It wasn’t The Who but the Why that I couldn’t get till the end. Overall it was a good read, I just felt a little disconnected from the story. I didn’t really love the characters or feel any strong attachment to them. I was interested to see how it all played out and that was enough to keep me reading. I would say it’s a good enough book and probably worth your time.
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  • Annia
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Girls of Glass was a mediocre crime/mystery novel. Interesting enough to keep reading but not really keeping you at the edge of your sit. None of the characters were really likeable to me, so I failed to feel any compassion for them, even though some of them went through very difficult situations. My main problem was that it felt like nothing was really happening for the majority of the book. On the one hand, the detectives spent most of the time theorizing and trying to find the suspect to R 3.5Girls of Glass was a mediocre crime/mystery novel. Interesting enough to keep reading but not really keeping you at the edge of your sit. None of the characters were really likeable to me, so I failed to feel any compassion for them, even though some of them went through very difficult situations. My main problem was that it felt like nothing was really happening for the majority of the book. On the one hand, the detectives spent most of the time theorizing and trying to find the suspect to Ruby's disappearance. On the other, there are the Burkes, who chapter after chapter we only learn how much of a messed up family they are. Neither of the above are leading any closer to find out what happen for most of the story. Instead all the information are thrown together at the end and the big twist happens. I have to say that I didn't see that ending coming at all! It was pretty good and that's what boost up my rating at the end.I only wish the rest of the novel was more engaging, since I reached the end with a mild interest to find out what happened. It's not a bad book in any way, but nothing great as well.(Arc was provided by Netgalley)
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  • Heather Harris
    January 1, 1970
    OUT JANUARY 15, 2019Holy wow! Brianna Labuskes may be one of my new favorite authors! I love crime/suspense novels and she does such a great job. I didn't see the ending coming, and that is one of my favorite things (and hard to do to me lately)!Told from three different points of view, Girls of Glass goes about the days before an after little Ruby Burke went missing and was found dead on the beach. Hear from her mother, aunt and Detective Garner, who also lost a daughter of her own.As the book OUT JANUARY 15, 2019Holy wow! Brianna Labuskes may be one of my new favorite authors! I love crime/suspense novels and she does such a great job. I didn't see the ending coming, and that is one of my favorite things (and hard to do to me lately)!Told from three different points of view, Girls of Glass goes about the days before an after little Ruby Burke went missing and was found dead on the beach. Hear from her mother, aunt and Detective Garner, who also lost a daughter of her own.As the book goes on, everyone is a subject. And more and more secrets come out about the Burke family, who is well known to the community as the patriarch, Sterling, is the judge in the area.Deceit, betrayal, and the terribleness that can come from a close family are constant themes in this book. If you like detective and/or suspense novels, I highly, highly recommend. The only reason for a bit of a downgrade was the content was a bit hard to stomach at times and disturbing.Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer, and Brianna Labuskes for the chance to read this amazing book.
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  • Kathy Sandlin
    January 1, 1970
    I was very excited to read a suspense book set in Florida. It had the makings of a great story with an unspeakable crime and tremendously flawed characters. The story itself was good with some nice twists. What detracted from the story was the setting. When reading a book you don’t realize how much that plays into a story until you read one that just doesn’t work. When picking an actual city that exists you need to have little landmark references even if there are only a few. This story was set I was very excited to read a suspense book set in Florida. It had the makings of a great story with an unspeakable crime and tremendously flawed characters. The story itself was good with some nice twists. What detracted from the story was the setting. When reading a book you don’t realize how much that plays into a story until you read one that just doesn’t work. When picking an actual city that exists you need to have little landmark references even if there are only a few. This story was set in St. Petersburg and I came away feeling that it was a seedy place to be with no redeeming qualities which is so far from the truth. Even if it was just mentioning seeing the pink Don Cesar Hotel in the distance on the beach that would have helped. It would have been better to have the setting in a fictitious Florida city. Once I got into the heart of the twists and turns the book was better. Thank you NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Soozee
    January 1, 1970
    This story begins with the kidnapping of a young child, and the repercussions this act has on her very dysfunctional family and the officers investigating it.However, all is not what it first seems. Her family, outwardly rich and powerful, is steeped in both sexual and emotional abuse. The police officer investigating the crime is also carrying personal luggage, following the kidnapping and murder of her own daughter some years before.When the book began, I wasn't sure I would like it. It seemed This story begins with the kidnapping of a young child, and the repercussions this act has on her very dysfunctional family and the officers investigating it.However, all is not what it first seems. Her family, outwardly rich and powerful, is steeped in both sexual and emotional abuse. The police officer investigating the crime is also carrying personal luggage, following the kidnapping and murder of her own daughter some years before.When the book began, I wasn't sure I would like it. It seemed very heavy with descriptive adjectives, as if this were a new author trying to follow a formula. The narrator changes each chapter, and the timeline bounces back and forth. While this was irritating for a few chapters, I soon fell into the rhythm and it actually worked very well.By the end, I was taken aback with how the plot was unfolding and couldn't wait to find out what would finally happen. A strong book, handling difficult emotions without resorting to anything gratuitous.
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  • Nataijah Williams
    January 1, 1970
    I am typically not one to read mystery novels but seeing as though I won this from a #goodreadsgiveaway I thought why not, and once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. The manner in which the author, Brianna Labuskes, formats the chapters can be a little challenging at first but once you get into the story it all starts to fall in place. This story follows the murder case of Ruby Burke a granddaughter to a high class Judge is St Petersburg mostly told through the point of the main detectiv I am typically not one to read mystery novels but seeing as though I won this from a #goodreadsgiveaway I thought why not, and once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. The manner in which the author, Brianna Labuskes, formats the chapters can be a little challenging at first but once you get into the story it all starts to fall in place. This story follows the murder case of Ruby Burke a granddaughter to a high class Judge is St Petersburg mostly told through the point of the main detective. Alice Garner, who has personal ties to this as well. I won’t give any spoilers to those reading this review. But I would just like to say I would 100% recommend this you will be on the edge of your seat to figure out who actually killed Ruby Burke and what secrets are hidden in the Burke family.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this more than I did. But the ending. The ending really changed my opinion of the book. It was like I was reading one book and it turned into another. To be fair, I don't know how much of that was the book and how much was my reading of it: did I miss clues earlier that would have told me that earlier? Or, did I see them and forget them the next time I picked up the book?I really enjoyed the book… for the first 90% of the book. And then, when I saw the ending, when I understood I wanted to like this more than I did. But the ending. The ending really changed my opinion of the book. It was like I was reading one book and it turned into another. To be fair, I don't know how much of that was the book and how much was my reading of it: did I miss clues earlier that would have told me that earlier? Or, did I see them and forget them the next time I picked up the book?I really enjoyed the book… for the first 90% of the book. And then, when I saw the ending, when I understood who the guilty person was, I was very disappointed. It was very effective. But… it wasn't the story I wanted the author to tell.Brianna Labuskes has written a good book. But the ending has tainted my enjoyment somewhat, because I felt like it stole much of what I liked about the book by shedding a new and unwelcome light on it.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    The granddaughter of Florida judge has gone missing and the spotlight now surrounds her immediate family including her mother Charlotte Burke.What happened to Ruby is what's on everyone's mind especially since it's now learned not only was she missing but possibly worse kidnapped and may or may not be alive.Can this case be solved with the help of Detective Alice? Alice knows the situation is dire because all fingers point to Charlotte but is she being unfairly judged?How can Alice be so sure th The granddaughter of Florida judge has gone missing and the spotlight now surrounds her immediate family including her mother Charlotte Burke.What happened to Ruby is what's on everyone's mind especially since it's now learned not only was she missing but possibly worse kidnapped and may or may not be alive.Can this case be solved with the help of Detective Alice? Alice knows the situation is dire because all fingers point to Charlotte but is she being unfairly judged?How can Alice be so sure that Charlotte is not to blame for her daughter's sudden disappearance?Will closure be brought especially between two mothers who clearly have a unique connection to one another in loss.An amazing read that will have you on the edge of your seat.A true page turning thriller!Thank you to Brianna, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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  • Jonathan
    January 1, 1970
    Would you like to hear a story?The theme of Girls of Glass is exactly what makes Brianna Labuskes such a good writer. The story revolves around a murder of a small child, Ruby and the investigation by Detective Alice Garner who also suffered the loss of her daughter years earlier. Each detail, clue, and story given adds to the mystery of Ruby and her powerful family in Florida. Each chapter and story told keeps you wondering about how much Alice really knows. I really enjoyed reading this book a Would you like to hear a story?The theme of Girls of Glass is exactly what makes Brianna Labuskes such a good writer. The story revolves around a murder of a small child, Ruby and the investigation by Detective Alice Garner who also suffered the loss of her daughter years earlier. Each detail, clue, and story given adds to the mystery of Ruby and her powerful family in Florida. Each chapter and story told keeps you wondering about how much Alice really knows. I really enjoyed reading this book and found it hard to put down. I was first introduced to the author through her book "It Ends With Her" and when I saw this book pop up on my Amazon recommends, I knew I had to start it. Solid four stars and a book I recommend.
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  • Sarah Carter
    January 1, 1970
    Girls of Glass is a book I feel really bad about giving a less-than-stellar review to because 1, I won it from a Goodreads giveaway and 2, it had so much potential... but this book just didn't do it for me. The Burkes were such an interesting family and, honestly, I think if the entire novel had followed them, I would've felt differently about it. Alice's chapters didn't feel authentic and, frankly, were boring - I found myself skimming through them just to get back to the Burkes. That said, the Girls of Glass is a book I feel really bad about giving a less-than-stellar review to because 1, I won it from a Goodreads giveaway and 2, it had so much potential... but this book just didn't do it for me. The Burkes were such an interesting family and, honestly, I think if the entire novel had followed them, I would've felt differently about it. Alice's chapters didn't feel authentic and, frankly, were boring - I found myself skimming through them just to get back to the Burkes. That said, the twist at the end was a shock, but it felt too sudden and unbelievable for me. This probably isn't a book I would recommend.
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  • Snogged
    January 1, 1970
    Author Brianna Labuskes lays out a slow-burn suspense thriller in Girls of Glass. It's told from three points of view - Charlotte Burke, Trudy Burke, and Detective Alice Garner. It's also told in shifting timelines (days before and days after the kidnapping/murder of Charlotte's 5 year old daughter.) A lot of secrets and stories come out as the who/what/why unfolds. Some were expected...some were DEFINITELY NOT. There are some triggers for both emotional and sexual abuse so I would caution reade Author Brianna Labuskes lays out a slow-burn suspense thriller in Girls of Glass. It's told from three points of view - Charlotte Burke, Trudy Burke, and Detective Alice Garner. It's also told in shifting timelines (days before and days after the kidnapping/murder of Charlotte's 5 year old daughter.) A lot of secrets and stories come out as the who/what/why unfolds. Some were expected...some were DEFINITELY NOT. There are some triggers for both emotional and sexual abuse so I would caution readers who might struggle with those themes.Definitely hoping we see more thrillers from this talented lady in the coming months and years.
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  • Kristen Jett
    January 1, 1970
    Five minute review:I honestly don't even know how to describe this book. (Also, thanks to Thomas & Mercer for gifting it to me!) I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting, but goodness, this was so much more than that. When the granddaughter of a prominent town politician goes missing, what's the story behind it? And does it involve digging up skeletons in the closet? At times, I felt a little disconnected from some of the characters - I suspect we may be supposed to, but I do find reading Five minute review:I honestly don't even know how to describe this book. (Also, thanks to Thomas & Mercer for gifting it to me!) I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting, but goodness, this was so much more than that. When the granddaughter of a prominent town politician goes missing, what's the story behind it? And does it involve digging up skeletons in the closet? At times, I felt a little disconnected from some of the characters - I suspect we may be supposed to, but I do find reading a little more challenging when I don't fully connect. If you're like me in that aspect, don't give it up. It all will make sense with the ending.Which...the ending is what pulled this fully to five stars - I was not entirely caught off guard and bewildered. Bottom line: just read it. Would I reread it in the future?: Yes - I could see picking on one things I missed in a reread. It's a bit of a heavy read topic wise, so it likely wouldn't be one I could do over and over.
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  • Abbie
    January 1, 1970
    Eerily satisfyingBrianna Labuskes breathes life into the characters of this mystery novel.. On the heels of a kidnapper, two detective find way more than they bargain for. The investigation takes off slow, revolving around the very prominent local family. once the little girl is found dead the investigation intensified. It digs deep into buried secrets and controlling parents to uncover horrific acts and lies wrapped in general luxury. I. Never give spoiler reviews, but This is a must read book. Eerily satisfyingBrianna Labuskes breathes life into the characters of this mystery novel.. On the heels of a kidnapper, two detective find way more than they bargain for. The investigation takes off slow, revolving around the very prominent local family. once the little girl is found dead the investigation intensified. It digs deep into buried secrets and controlling parents to uncover horrific acts and lies wrapped in general luxury. I. Never give spoiler reviews, but This is a must read book.This book is a gut wrenching, gripping story of how twisted our own mind can become when faces with crippling grief. Superb writing.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    What happened to Ruby? Is her mother Charlotte reponsible? Alice, the detective working the case, is more sympathetic that others because of her own experience but little does she know, at the outset, how many horrible secrets there are in this family. Being rich and powerful does not protect you- eventually that wall is going to come down. Told from multiple perspectives and back and forth in time, this is well done suspense. There are enough twists to keep you guessing. Thanks to Netgalley for What happened to Ruby? Is her mother Charlotte reponsible? Alice, the detective working the case, is more sympathetic that others because of her own experience but little does she know, at the outset, how many horrible secrets there are in this family. Being rich and powerful does not protect you- eventually that wall is going to come down. Told from multiple perspectives and back and forth in time, this is well done suspense. There are enough twists to keep you guessing. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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