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A spectacular mix of history and horror that expertly draws from numerous genres….Skillfully mixing the strains of a dysfunctional family with the rising terror of the supernatural, Grant has produced a mesmerizing page-turner that brilliant depicts the claustrophobic fear of a young woman grappling with the deadly secrets of the forest and the demonic nightmare lurking within.”  —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Sure to cement her growing reputation as an original storyteller and elegant writer…. Grant expertly builds suspense….
With its fascinating information on medieval folklore,unique setting, and increasingly claustrophobic sense of terror, this is an exhilarating page-turner that offers a cerebral blend of horror and mystery.”  
—Booklist (starred review)


“Page-turning and portentous, mysterious and chilling, this will attract readers who loved Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin and fairy tales and legends in modern settings.”  
—Library Journal


“The Glass Demon is a riveting tale from Helen Grant, who proves she is a master of suspense.  From beginning to end, I was kept guessing by this spine-tingling tale that interweaves family relationships, folklore, deadly glass, and dangerous secrets.”  —Stefanie Pintoff, Edgar Award-winning author of In the Shadow of Gotham

"Skillfully mixing the strains of a dysfunctional family with the rising terror of the supernatural, Grant has produced a mesmerizing page-turner that brilliantly depicts the claustrophobic fear of a young woman grappling with the deadly secrets of the forest and the demonic nightmare lurking within." -Publisher's Weekly, starred review

“A gripping and atmospheric adventure.”—The Observer (U.K.)

Praise for Helen Grant’s The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, winner of the ALA Alex Award and shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal

“Steeped in spooky legends and set in a country that, for all its present-day serenity, can’t fully escape the burden of its harrowing past, this is a mystery with unusual resonance.”—The Washington Post
 
“A contemporary story that feels age-old, too . . . dotted with creepy tales.”—The New York Times


About the Author

Helen Grant was born in London. She read Classics at St Hugh's College, Oxford, and then worked in marketing for ten years in order to fund her love of travelling. In 2001 she and her family moved to Bad Münstereifel in Germany, and it was exploring the legends of this beautiful town that inspired her to write her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden. She now lives in Brussels with her husband, her two children and a small German cat. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Original edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385344201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385344203
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Glass Demon is one of those books I knew was going to be good right from the very first lines. In just two lines Grant effectively sets up a feeling of impending doom, and with the third sets up the first death - and thus the rest of the book. With such a strong opening, standards are high for the rest of the book. But Grant's elegant writing and careful plotting make for a page-turning novel that gets better and better with each chapter.

In a YA paranormal market awash with vampires, werewolves and the like, and set in English-speaking parts of the world (mostly the United States of America), The Glass Demon stands out thanks to its slow-building series of mysterious events and deaths due to uncertain demonic causes, and (more importantly), its German setting. It is that German setting that adds to the sense of isolation and strange discovery - while main character Lin is fluent in German enough to communicate with the townsfolk and attend school, her family is not. So not only are the family isolated by the tight-knit community into which they have arrived, as well as their out-of-cell-coverage, but also by language.

But not only does Lin have to play translator for her family with regards to their new home, she also attempts to play translator within it. From the outside they look like a wonderful family, but if they themselves were a portrait made of glass it would be full of cracks. Grant deftly combines the internal family problems with the external attacks on them, and ties the whole thing together with the foreshadowing of impending doom for one of them. All in all it makes for a compelling drama, in and outside the family.

The paranormal/horror aspects are very well-handled as well.
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This is going straight into my personal "Favorite & Beast Books of 2013" pile! Among the mitigating factors why this book became a favorite of mine is that I am a medievalist; I love a good mystery; I spent a year, which included a summer, wandering the countryside of Germany before my senior year, visiting abbeys, cathedrals and castle ruins. Heck, I am even writing a book about my adventures called `The Gargoyle Girls'! This story made me feel like I was back there doing it all over again. But more than anything, this book was so incredibly written--from characters, to plot, to descriptions, to making me feel like I was there right along with Lin and her family each step of the way--these alone were enough for me to place it into the pile of personal favorites and best books of 2013.

Helen Grant weaves a tale of mystery and suspense involving not only the stained glass surrounding the legend of the The Glass Demon, Bonschariant, but the mystery of Lin's family itself. Each chapter unveils a bit of the secret of both. Each step and discovery Lin makes, whether it be about her family, the village, the glass, her emotional status, her father... everything is intertwined, like "a thicket of thornbushes", as Lin has narrated to us about one of her father's reading recommendations:

`"The abbot's niece." My father was holding a small hardback book in a faded green binding; now he flourished it to me. "This is a fascinating book," he added. "You should read it."
I didn't take the bait. One glimpse of the Gothic title stamped on the spine in gold had convinced me that trying to read even a single page in that typeface would be like picking your way through a thicket of thornbushes. Even if you got to the other side, you would wish you hadn't tried it.
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Wow what a book! Fast-paced narrative with a character I liked. Helen Grant writes with a style I enjoy reading. Her sense of humour shines through, with the main character, Lin, snarky and with little patience for stupidity and rude people. The characterization rang true for me--a teen who is not afraid to stand up for what she thinks is right, but second-guesses herself at times.

The main story was mystery and a touch horror combined, underscored with the secondary plot of Lin's sister, Polly, having anorexia, and Lin's fear for her. This adds tension to the main narrative. It was all woven together smoothly. Her similes were deftly drawn, one of my favourites being, "Reality seems to be unraveling as though it were a piece of knitting and someone had taken the end of the wool and pulled until the stiches slipped, one after another, dissolution running back and forth across the work, faster and faster...".

The journey Lin undertakes reveals her strengths, while it exposes the weaknesses of those around her, including her father and mother. While I was not scared while reading this book, I did fear for the characters, although assumed Lin would come out of it alive since she was narrating it. If you want a book that is within the thriller genre but has a literary slant, you should try this book. I couldn't put it down. I'm off to find Helen Grant's other books now. Bye.
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This is one of the better horror novels I've read in a long time. Helen Grant has written a scary story in the Gothic tradition: an ancient terror, a small town's dark past, a professor trying to uncover a secret that may end up killing him and his family. From the first chapter till the last, I was hooked. Grant has masterfully recreated the creepy atmosphere of a castle in the forest, a hidden sinister chapel, and a demon that may or may not exist.

I just couldn't put this book down. And for those of you who have overactive imaginations (like mine), I don't recommend reading this book alone at night.
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