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Girls of Glass

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,327 ratings  ·  244 reviews
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 mo
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
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
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***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
Tara Vaglio
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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.
Caroline Mitchell
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
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.
Julie Parks
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Twisty plot with slightly overdramatic writing. But that's just one opinion.

Thank you Netgalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
My first DNF of 2019. The writing is just too overwrought, and the flashbacks felt unnecessary. I liked Alice-- needed less Charlotte and Trudy.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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
Jan 21, 2019 added it
"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
Donna Cronin
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
So flawed

In so many ways. I made myself finish it. No likable characters, horribly drawn out and ridiculous ending. Spare yourself
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Why do I seem to love stories of kidnappings? Maybe to remind me to hug my children and grandchildren more often. But when this young girl goes missing and there is no ransom demand, police are surprised when her dead body is found several days later. Lots of suspects as the family is wealthy and connected, lots of hostility as the patriarch seems a little to close to the young females, and lots of questions about the internal dynamics of this odd and dysfunctional family. Add to the mix the two ...more
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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.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Girls Of Glass
Brianna Labuskes

What 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
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When you read as many books with varied plots as I end up doing in a single year, it is hard to surprised by the turns a plot might take. You anticipate the possible discrepancies in the narration by all the main characters and sometimes revel in being proved right and sometimes be disappointed by it.

Sometimes, like in this case I do not see a lot of the book's story coming until it was too late, and I was surprised more times in this one book than I have been in the recent past in multiple ones
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Does the audible narrator know that St Pete, Florida natives DO NOT have country accents? I mean that really bugged me with the audio book

I’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
Kathy Sandlin
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 ...more
Angelina Elser
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
The story of the elitist deranged Burke Family.
Charlotte's daughter, Ruby is abducted and the Burke family is in turmoil.

The patriarch of the family, Sterling, a judge who knows everyone and influences alot of high profile people...Hollis is the domineering hateful mother...Melle, is the drunk mother of rebellious Trudy. And Charlotte....Charlotte is a sad spineless mother of, Ruby.

When Ruby goes missing, Alice and her partner are assigned to figure out: Who would do this?, Why would they do t
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great mystery. A well to do family in Florida, headed by a well known and respected judge. A mean and threatening mother determined to keep up the family appearance within the community. The kidnapping of a 5-year old granddaughter. A broken and grieving police detective who can barely hold herself together. But the secrets in the family are begging to be set free. A shocking mystery guaranteed to keep you up past your bedtime.
Jayne Capps
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I thought the constant time jumps made this difficult to read. I was also taken aback by the reveal of the killer. It felt rushed and out of left field. It also felt like lots of the set ups weren't resolved.
Dee King
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-solving
That was fantastic storytelling. Told in several perspectives, jumping to before the event and then back to after the event. Only to end with a twist I did not see coming. I thought I had figured it out. Then a handful of pages before the book ends I was wrong! Great mystery. Highly recommend.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well this was a messed up book! Not in a severely dark way or anything, even though it’s a murder mystery. But more because of the plot twists you don’t see coming.
Recommended read!
Tracy Fleming-Swehla
Jan 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, suspence
Started out interesting, but became ridiculously unbelievable.
Chelsea Bellville
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an exciting book and kept me guessing the whole way through...however the ending was abrupt and it almost seemed less believable because of that. I do recommend it because it was a unique story line.
Lexie Tyrer
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lisa Nocita
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just didn’t find this compelling or page turning. I didn’t see the twist coming but I also didn’t feel emotionally tugged by the protagonist who spent a lot of time explaining that she was broken, damaged, and irredeemable. I never doubted her. So the twist, which should have been a surprise was not and, in fact, I found the motivation and connection so artificially constructed that it just didn’t work for me. John Grisham could have pulled this off, perhaps. You need carefully constructed cha ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was a quick, indulgent, suspenseful read. The storyline is improbable and I couldn’t stand any of the characters, yet I couldn’t put the book down.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was hard to follow because of the back and forth between days before a kidnapping and days after. Each time it was a different number of days. Very hard to keep track. I listened to this one and did not like the reader either. The story was ok, but nothing special and the writing so-so.
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