Industrial-Sized Deals Shop all Back to School Shop Men's Hightops Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Cecile McLorin Salvant $5 Off Fire TV Stick Subscribe & Save Shop Popular Services hog hog hog  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Nintendo Digital Games Shop Back to School with Amazon Back to School with Amazon Outdoor Recreation Deal of the Day
The Glass Butterfly and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
$3.99
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Eligible for Amazon's FREE Super Saver/Prime Shipping, 24/7 Customer Service, and package tracking. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Glass Butterfly Paperback – August 28, 2012

23 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, August 28, 2012
$22.79 $0.01

Best Books of the Year So Far
Best Books of the Year So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2015's Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Editorial Reviews

Review

Romantic TimesMarley's latest is a poetic blend of historical fiction and suspense.  Readers are kept waiting anxiously in the dark for details behind Tory's escape . . .  Marley also awards readers with a book-within-a-book, a glimpse into the life of the composer Puccini.  Beautifully written and intimate . . .--Sarah Eisenbraun"

SciFi Magazine:  Louise Marley's latest is a slipstream offering . . . The tone is literary, the language rich, and the feelings wrapped up in Tory's intense love of music--and her unresolved relationship with the estranged son.--Adam-Troy Castro

Nocturne Romance Reads

Marley's novel could be classified as a mystery; however such a perspective would minimize the intensity of the emotional elements. . .  Marley excels at setting rich and colorful scenes. The tension and suspense surrounds Tory, Jack and their friends, as well as the antagonist.


The Seattle Times:  Seattle-based opera singer/novelist Louise Marley knits together two related plot lines -- a contemporary story about a therapist in deadly peril from a patient, and a domestic drama in the life of opera composer Giacomo Puccini -- into a gripping novel about obsession and its consequences.--Melinda Bargreen

Voya:
 A compelling mystery and crime drama unfolds as Tory Lake tries to build a new life. Tory, a Vermont therapist, is desperate to protect her son from a client who has gone unhinged. The tension ratchets up as her new and old life converge when both her son and vengeful patient discover her whereabouts. The writing is lovely in this engrossing read. Ages 17 to Adult.

From the Author

Shopping once in an antiques store--in Cannon Beach, Oregon, in fact, where this novel is set--it struck me that it would be possible to construct a whole new life out of the things in that store.  Old photos, old linens and glassware, books and papers and keepsakes, all turn up for sale.  What became of the people who once treasured them?  It's impossible to know.

The story within a story of this novel concerns a young girl who worked for the Puccini family in Italy.  History tells us one side of her story.  The Glass Butterfly explores a different interpretation, and proposes that a keepsake of hers connects her story to that of Tory Lake.  It is both a comfort and a warning, an omen of the threat that hangs over her and her son.

See all Editorial Reviews
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 Original edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758265689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758265685
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,635,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Louise Marley, a former concert and opera singer, writes stories of the fantastic. Sometimes set in the past, sometimes in the future, and often in a curious present, her novels tend to be feminist, often musical, occasionally dark, but always with compelling, colorful, and complex characters. Louise is in demand as a teacher of writing workshops for adults and young adults.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SomewhatBent on October 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Glass Butterfly by Louise Marley
Kensington (2012), Edition: 1 Original, Paperback, 400 pages

This book was received via the LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program. No spoilers.

A skillfully woven pair of tales; one, the lengths a mother will go to save her son, the other, the loyalty and devotion of a servant in the household of composer Giacomo Puccini. Fast-paced despite the alternating perspectives, and, like all Marley books, expressing the author's love of music in a way completely integral to the story.

You'll want to put on Madame Butterfly and settle in to read this delightful book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laurel-Rain Snow TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Tory Lake's lovely Vermont home brings her much joy and serenity. And as a therapist, she doesn't even have to leave her house; her home office, with a beautiful view, is the perfect place to see her clients.

But then something happens to destroy the peace and serenity in Tory's world, and sends her life spinning out of control. A client's crime and her subsequent threats against Tory's son Jack lead to a tragic plunge into the lake.

Because the client is a Sheriff's detective, Tory knew that reporting her wasn't an option. Who would the authorities believe, Tory or one of their own?

When the car plunged into that lake, however, Tory had a strategy for escape. When she did manage to avoid notice after the plunge, she surreptitiously slipped away, changing her appearance and assuming another identity. She ends up in a small Oregon town on the opposite coast.

But dreams of betrayal and impending danger haunt Tory's sleep, slowly converging upon a moment when she finally realizes what she must do. In the parallel world she dreams about, the great Maestro Puccini is fighting against dangers within his household. How will Puccini's world and Tory's converge and resonate at just the right time to save Tory and Jack?

And what does a glass butterfly paperweight symbolize in both Puccini's and Tory's worlds? How did a serendipitous community of acquaintances become just the support network she needs?

Throughout the pages of The Glass Butterfly, I read with bated breath, feeling the lurking dangers, yet not knowing how or when they would present themselves.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Knowing her Fey gift failed her and stunned by what she learns about one of her patients therapist Victoria Lake believes the threat this psychopath says will happen to her estranged twenty-year old son Jack will be the next victim if the shrink tells anyone. To protect Jack, Tory fakes her death and leaves the area without telling the only person she loves in the world.

Though he ridiculed his mom over her claims of psychic abilities, Jack reconsiders his scorn as he feels his mom is not dead in spite of a police inquiry and his attending her funeral. He needs to see her to insure she is safe so he begins a search. At the same time Tory changes coasts relocating in Cannon Beach, Oregon as Paulette Chambers. As she makes friends with Hank, Iris and Johnson, she misses Jack and Giacomo Puccini, but knows she did the right thing until she realizes her dreams of nineteenth century Tuscany warns her that it is not over.

This is a terrific suspense that blends a touch of the Fey with the life of Puccini inside of a taut contemporary thriller. Fast-paced, fans will appreciate the son and the villain searching for the therapist as all roads converge on Cannon Beach.

Harriet Klausner
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on September 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Louise Marley continues to write better and better with every book. The Glass Butterfly is sure-footed as it explores the rich nuances of a very real relationship between a mother and a son, and the tender difficulty of a woman finding herself in the midst of terrible danger. Interleaved with a powerful story from the past and sprinkled with just a touch of fantasy, The Glass Butterfly is at once a modern novel and historical fiction, a thriller and a romance.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Bodenstab on February 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is “ a good read”. Complex plot, but not mind numbing, good character development, educational about new areas, great pace, and so on. I came away with a greater knowledge about what appeals to a fan of opera and a lot of the thought pattern that takes place in the whole world of psychiatry –nice bonus. Just a pleasure to devour.

Charlie B
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah J. Ross on October 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
There's a special delight in picking up a new Louise Marley novel, akin to expecting the unexpected. Who else could write about Mozart's musical genius transmitted by a vampire's bite, or time travel to discover the mystery of Clara Schumann's passionate romance with Brahms? Music, as the jaded, time-worn vampires in Mozart's Blood know all too well, is the one joy that transcends the years, perhaps because it cannot exist outside of time.

Music, particularly the glorious operas of Puccini, is an abiding love of Victoria Lake, and the one thing she must renounce if her identity is to remain hidden as she goes on the run from a psychopathic killer. But music cannot be extricated from the soul, and Puccini's own life -- as seen through a servant girl -- soon begins unfolding in Victoria's dreams. It's never entirely clear whether this is a purely psychological phenomenon or whether there is some fantastical element, some bond or message across time.

Are the lives of the two women parallel in the deadly risks they each face? Does music have the magical power to cross time as well as space? Or is this all happening in the highly-stressed mind of a woman who has already survived one attempted murder? It doesn't matter, because the metaphors and images and emotional responses are real, no matter how them come to us. Bottom line: an extraordinary book by a master storyteller. If you don't already love Puccini's operas, you will.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: mademoiselle minnie