Glass Town by Steven Savile

Glass Town

A brilliantly rendered story about obsession and one man's attempt to unravel the mystery that destroyed his grandfather's life, set against a magical and intricately woven cityscape.Steven Savile has been an international sensation, selling over half a million copies of his novels worldwide and writing for cult favorite television shows including Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Stargate. Now, he is finally making his US debut with Glass Town, a brill...

Details Glass Town

TitleGlass Town
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherThomas Dunne Books
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller, Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Reviews Glass Town

  • Mackey St
    Glass Town by Steven Saville is one of those genre bending books that causes you to say "I don't normally read this type of book but...." It is a blend of psychological thriller, urban fantasy and magical realism but written in a way that is so utterly fascinating that you are drawn in and cannot stop reading until the very end. In the story, the main character, Josh, has found a letter that tells of his grandfather's true love - not his grandmot...
  • Carrie
    Joshua Raines finds a letter that his grandfather had written confessing to being in love with another woman back in 1924 right before he passed away in 1994. That woman, Eleanor Raines had gone missing seventy years before that confession was written leaving a mystery that had yet to be solved. Joshua didn't have much of a memory of the letter since he was only eight when his grandfather passed but finding it has brought the past back to mind. B...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.In the 1920s, Seth and Isaiah Lockwood both loved Eleanor Raines, a young actress from the East End of London. However, Eleanor mysteriously disappeared never to be seen again. Isaiah, Seth’s younger brother, couldn't accept that she was just gone. It's been over seventy years and both men are dead, but now their secret threatens to destroy London. Seth made a deal with an illusi...
  • Alan Baxter
    This is a really interesting supernatural thriller with some killer ideas at work. The characters are well drawn, the evocation of old movie magic and modern London crime an excellent juxtaposition. It reminded me of something by Clive Barker or Ramsey Campbell, but with a uniquely Savile twist. Blisteringly paced, cleverly plotted and relentlessly inventive. Highly recommended.
  • Kristen
    Full review is here, on my blog.This is going to be a rather difficult book to get my thoughts together about, because it is very in depth and such a huge idea that I found it often a little confusing, especially in the beginning. It’s a lot to take in. This is a fascinating story though, and the way that the mystery of Glass Town is revealed is through Joshua, the main character’s discovery of different pieces of the puzzle, was well done, i...
  • Iasa
    Mystery, magic, cinema, a hint of the 1920's, hell yes. I had no expectations going into this novel so maybe I was more easily pleased than I normally am, but whatever I enjoyed this. It's a slower paced book, but no where near plodding; it just draws you in.
  • Alysa H.
    Before I say anything else about this book, including anything positive, let me start by saying that this is one of the most sexist books I have ever read. I mean, I’m sure there are worse offenders out there, but they tend to be in genres that I don’t read, or occasionally books that I start but don’t finish. But this book, I kept hoping it would get better. Instead, it wasted every opportunity it had to not be sexist. I can barely believe...
  • Lauren
    When Steven Savile's Glass Town appeared on my doorstep it was my first time hearing about it; however, as soon as I read the synopsis, I decided it may be the book for me and dove right in. The Result? Glass Town has left me feeling incredibly torn. On one side I enjoyed it. I found the premise unique, the mystery multilayered and suspenseful, and the characters complex. On the other side, however, it was too odd for my liking. Some parts left m...
  • Jenea Whittington
    Review to come soon...Glass Town is one complex town, but so intriguing. This is a story that involved a love triangle that happened back in the 1920’s between a woman and the two brothers who loved her deeply. For one it was truly love and the other it became an obsession. This obsession led him to betray his brother and the woman he loved and he imprisoned her in a town that no one know about. Time moves differently there, for a year inside G...
  • Jeanne25
    I have mixed feelings about this book. First – I love the story premise. The novel is well written. The characters Josh and Julie are likeable. My rating must hover somewhere between “It’s ok” and “I like it”. I am sure there is an audience for Glass Town. Unfortunately, I had to force myself to finish the novel, not because it was bad but because I just never could get into it. I wish I could say more positive or negative but I simpl...
  • Rhett Bruno
    A captivating novel from a veteran author. I was engaged from start to finish. It's gritty, there is magic and mystery, what isn't to love? Plus, there is nothing I enjoy more than a taut story that doesn't waste any time, and this has that in spades. Highly recommended!
  • Kara
    I have vomit in my mouth.If you're a feminist, do not read this book. If you are a woman who values yourself as any kind of human being with thoughts, dreams, or intelligence, you probably shouldn't read this either. There's a reason why most of the books I read are by female authors, or male authors already vetted by reviewers I trust. This book was sent to me unsolicited by the publisher, and the premise sounded fantastic, so I thought I would ...
  • William
    Steve S has excelled even by his standards. A masterful piece of work that reminded me of Tim Powers filtered through a particularly British perspective. Memorable characters, a great premise, and as tightly plotted as we've come to expect from Steve. Lovely stuff.
  • Mandi Schneck
    Have you ever picked up a book not really knowing what to expect, then were completely blown away? That was me with this book, and since it just came out I didn't have a lot to go on. I honestly didn't even know what genre to call it (and really still don't!) but I think that was part of what made this novel so good. Glass Town by Steven Savile combines urban fantasy, part thriller, part magical realism, and part old Hollywood glamour to create a...
  • K.A. Wiggins
    Noir Crime with a side of Paranormal HorrorThis was a hard-to-categorize read - and that's not a bad thing. It's challenging; much of the central mystery and the mechanics of the magic that does crop up isn't explained until very late in the story, so there's high tension, but also a good amount of confusion to start with. I found the initial pages fascinating and almost dizzying; I couldn't really follow what was going on, but there was enough t...
  • Wit & Wonder Books
    **ARC provide by author for an honest review**Glass Town is a psychological thriller by Steven Savile that will keep you on your toes with each turn of the page. Set in the London of both present day and the roaring twenties, Josh is faced with quite a predicament after his grandfather’s death. A Glass Town? Or rather a city that never gains time, a minute in Glass Town is days out in the real world. A letter tells of his grandfather’s one tr...
  • Debbie Burton-Peddle
    A story of magic and fantasy, suspense and murder, contained in dual settings of London 1924 and 1994. Two brothers (Seth Lockwood and Isaiah Raines) are in love with the same woman (Eleanor Raines) who mysteriously disappears along with Seth during the filming of Alfred Hitchcock’s debut Number 13 (which never saw completion). The vanishing act was cleverly orchestrated by the illusionist/magician Damiola, who was deceived into performing unde...
  • Joshualyn Prater
    I received this ARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So thank you netgalley and publishers. This story is about an obsession and one man's attempt to unravel the mystery that destroyed his grandfather's life, set in a magical and intricately woven cityscape.The synopsis is as follows :In 1926, two brothers both loved Eleanor Raines, a promising young actress from the East End of London. But, along with Seth Lockwood, she disa...
  • Robert Greenberger
    Cue the ActionSteve is a pal of mine so let's get that out of the way. I have heard him talk about Glass House as something special, something he had labored over and was proud of. I eagerly awaited its release so i could see for myself.What we have here is a crime novel, a family drama, and a supernatural yarn all freshly wrapped together so it feels new. The tropes are upended and he has found new ways to intrigue us with mysteries and the sesr...
  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    3 1/2 Stars Glass Town is a standalone novel written by Steven Savile (you may recognize the name from the credits of Doctor Who, Torchwood, or Stargate). It’s about a young man who inherits a mystery from his father, who inherited it from his own father. The mystery? Eleanor Raines’ disappearance. The elder Raines’ (yes, you read the name correctly) never got over her going missing, and he passed the obsession down through the generations....
  • Naomi Blackburn
    I know a book is going to be really bad for me when it can't capture my interest AND I do what I need to do to rush through it as quickly as possible. That was Glass Town. The premise of the book is what kept me involved because I knew that it had to have some big finish and then it fell flat for me. Definitely had a feel of more hype than substance to me.
  • Michael J.
    It's tough to define the genre for this book, which I think in some way goes to explain the fact that the reviews are so mixed. There are elements of fantasy, supernatural, horror, and thriller, yet to class it as any one of those would be doing it an injustice. Joshua Raines swears he's just seen the woman his grandfather used to obsess about. And it wasn't an old woman, it was exactly the same young woman he's seen images of. It's not long befo...
  • Carrie Griffin
    ~ Introduction ~I don't really ever read thrillers because they are not my thing. I do like mysteries but there's just something I really can't get into with thrillers. This book is classified as a thriller. The synopsis of this book was what interested me in it, to begin with. I wanted to know what was going to happen. I thought that the magic system would be interesting. Sadly, once I got into this book I realized that it was not what I wanted....
  • Stefanie
    The rare 1.5 star book I actually read all the way through. I can really only recommend it for male readers who are fans of classic mob stories. Sure, this has a fantasy gloss to it, but the story reminded me more than anything of a Guy Ritchie film. Macho, violent, predictable. The book opens with the death of Josh's grandfather, and his discovery that there's a family obsession with a disappeared film actress from 1924, Eleanor Raines. During h...
  • Nick
    The biggest question with this entire story is Why?Why did Seth send out his monster to kill Josh?Josh didn't know what he had, what he was looking for, or anything of the sort. He may have found it in time, but seeing as the house was registered in Isaiah's real name, I think Seth could have figured that out.Why did Seth lock himself in Glass Town at all?He admits in the story he has no problem with attacking women, and he seems ruthless enough ...
  • Maxine
    On the day of his grandfather Boone’s funeral, Josh Rainer finds a letter left to Boone by Josh’s great-grandfather. It talks of the obsession of two brothers for an actress in the 1920s and about her disappearance. It also explains that Rainer is not their real last name and that they are, in fact, part of one of London’s biggest criminal families. Josh is mildly intrigued but, when an elderly member of this family shows up at the funeral ...
  • Kylie
    If you like gansters, movie stars and murder mysteries, this book is for you. But it's not your typical who-dun-it book. It's about one families obsession to find the missing love of Josh Raines' great grandfather Isaiah's life. She disappeared 90 years ago and Isaiah never gave up looking for her. He believes Eleanor is still alive, looking like she did the day she disappeared. And he believes his brother, the ganster Seth Lockwood is behind who...
  • Nicole
    This book started off promising. I enjoyed the writing and the world in this book. However then the pacing issues started to come in. I felt like the story never got started. The end of the book then tried to wrap up everything and felt rushed. I feel like we were missing a lot of the world building and character growth. That is why the book felt like it didn't start, because nothing was developed. I felt like this book had a beginning and a end....
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - A brilliantly rendered story about obsession and one man's attempt to unravel the mystery that destroyed his grandfather's life, set against a magical and intricately woven cityscape.In 1926, two brothers both loved Eleanor Raines, a promising young actress from the East End of London. But, along with Seth Lockwood, she dis...
  • Penny Noble
    Josh’s grandfather dies, leaving a letter written by his grandfather’s father about his brother and a woman they both loved back in the 1920s, even though his great grandfather swears he saw her in 1994, looking just like she did back then. Josh embarks on a mystery that leads him on a journey into madness, mayhem, and magic. I am seriously conflicted about this book. It is well-written and the characters are very interesting. Not to mention,...