The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams

The Glass Ocean

From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.May 2013Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to h...

Details The Glass Ocean

TitleThe Glass Ocean
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Adult

Reviews The Glass Ocean

  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    This book was a 2 rounded up to a 3. My review is going to be different from many that I’ve read so far. This book first had me disliking it, then liking it, then disliking it again. It didn’t help I guess that I had just watched Titanic with my granddaughter for about the 10th time. Here’s what I thought.There is such an extensive blurb for this book that I will just give you snippets of what the book is about. There are three different n...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 absorbing stars to The Glass Ocean! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I’m a fan of each of these authors, and when they joined forces previously to co-author The Forgotten Room, magic happened multiplied by three. My brief gushing review of The Forgotten Room is on Goodreads. The Glass Ocean is a historical mystery blending time and place across three narrators, two a century in the past, and one in the present. In 1915, Caroline Telfair Hochstetter is a south...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Booking passage on the Lusitania or any ship during WWI would not seem like a good idea to me, but Caroline Hochstetter and Gilbert needed to get closer, and figured this would be a wonderful way to help their relationship. Did Gilbert really agree to the reason they were going on the Lusitania or did he have ulterior motives?Along with Caroline and Gilbert on a ship in waters that German submarines were prowling, we meet Tess, a female thief, wh...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    Three different narratives, one sinking ship. What is not to love here? This story is centered around the sinking of The Lusitania ship and is told in present day from a writer investigating a distant family member who was aboard, and two women, both of whom are hiding something - albeit very different things! I can say with confidence you will greatly enjoy watching how all three stories converge throughout this beautiful novel.I received an adv...
  • Toni
    4.5 rounded up to 5 brilliant Stars over the Glass Ocean!Several theories are still argued surrounding the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. Was she merely a British passenger ship sailing back to England through dangerous waters during their war with Germany? Was she also carrying active munitions or just shells as was stated on the ship's manifest? What caused the second blast on the opposite side of the ship directly after the torpedo hit? Som...
  • Mellie Antoinete
    I ... am .. speechless. No I’m not. I loved this book so much! LOVED it so much I DEVOURED it in one sitting. I want to read Erik Larson’s Dead Wake ... like tomorrow. Such incredible plot depth. It’s sexy, suspenseful, suspicious, scintillating and snazzy! It’s all the s’ss and so much more! Wow. Just wow!P.S. I will now proceed to reading everything ever written by these 3 ladies ... starting with The Forgotten Room!
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    THE GLASS OCEAN is a joined project by authors Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White. It's a book about the fate of three women. Two of the women were on board the doomed passenger Line, RMS Lusitania. Although they differ in class. While Caroline Telfair Hochstetter is traveling in first class is Tessa Fairweather traveling in second class. But, both women's lives will intertwine...Years later bestselling author Sarah Blake breaks her ...
  • Tammy
    There is so much to love in this beautifully written book! The glamour and sinking of the Lusitania, espionage and a love triangle. I loved reading the three different viewpoints in the story. Williams, Willig and White knocked it out of the park with The Glass Ocean!
  • Amy Bruno
    Absolutely amazing!
  • Heather Webb
    What good fun this book was! That's probably a strange thing to say about a tragic event in history, but the book's strong suits hit my sweet spot--WWI, spies, a little mystery, and a bit of a love story. I gobbled it up in just a couple of days. I kept seeing the Titanic film playing through my head, in particular in Caroline's story, and I couldn't help but root for poor, desperate Tess and the clever and funny Sarah, all the way through. Grab ...
  • Rhonda Ruff
    Hmmm. Still trying to decide about this book 3.5 rounded up. I liked the story. I had a hard time with the characters. I found I really enjoyed Caroline’s and Sarah’s story. Tess fell flat for me. This story was more about the romance and less about everything else. I love all the authors so I will still be going back to their books. This one seemed to fall a bit flat
  • Donna
    This was between 3 and 4 stars. I'm not sure if I'll be rounding up or down. I like Karen White as an author. I've read many of her books. I love her way with words and her stories. I've read fewer books by Beatriz Williams. She tends to be a little too 'sweet' for me. I found that to be true here also. Everything was tied up a little too perfectly. And the 180 that Robert does at the end, just was not in any way believable. But someone wanted a ...
  • Tracy
    I very much enjoyed the book. You have to know there will be sadness. You can't read a book about the Lusitania and not have sadness! But all the characters you are primarily involved with come out on top, for the most part. I enjoyed the mystery involved of who is spying on who and who works for who! Quite the mess! I liked the way Sarah's story ended in modern day. That made me happy. I was left with a question as to what happened to her relati...
  • Stephanie
    4.25 StarsI have to admit that this is the first time that I've read a book authored by either Beatriz Williams or Lauren Willig, but I've been a long-time reader and fan of Karen White's books so when I saw that she had co-authored The Glass Ocean, I just knew I had to get my hands on this book!My desire to read it was certainly rewarded as this is a fabulously written historical novel that kept me enthralled for the day it took me to read it! ...
  • Jess
    The alternating POV chapters in this didn't really work for me, because I didn't like Caroline, I was meh on Tess, and I liked Sarah a lot, but her story obviously got the least amount of attention. I would have happily just read a novel about her. The rest was sort of disappointing.
  • Robin
    This was a terrific collaboration between three fabulous authors and it kept me riveted. This had everything a reader can't resist: appealing people, tangled love affairs, the intriguing setting of the Lusitania, all splashed with a few tears at the end. Each author created a set of distinct characters and stories that were fluidly combined into a compelling narrative. I now want to read Erik Larson's "Dead Wake," the book that inspired the autho...
  • Carol Irvin
    Loved this book!! Told by 2 women in the past and 1 in the present about the doomed Passenger ship...
  • Rebecca
    I took this book with me while cruising on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, but it's probably good that I didn't actually read it until we were home safe and sound on dry land. The Glass Ocean follows Caroline and her husband, Gilbert, as they board the ill-fated Lusitania during WWII. Aboard the ship, their marriage is tested when Gilbert is busy working and Caroline spends time with her old friend, Robert. Robert has loved Caroline since t...
  • Susan Peterson
    A love triangle, espionage, mystery, romance...and the backdrop of the sinking of Lusitania....brilliantly and beautifully written by the most wonderful trio of authors; The Glass Ocean is a masterpiece of storytelling. This compelling story is told from three points of view: modern day Sarah, an author whose quest for a bestseller takes her to England to investigate the mysterious connection between her great-grandfather and another man who were...
  • Beth Sponzilli
    Great story about the Lusitania ship and it’s sinking. The bulk of the book goes between two different time lines, one in present day and the other in 1915. It follows a relationship in each which centers around a mystery/romance/espionage/family history... much recommend as it’s a fascinating subject, and you don’t hear about it as much as the Titanic.
  • Louise
    I never enjoy a story based around a love triangle, which is what this turned out to be - two love triangles really. I preferred the contemporary story line to the historical ones, although there was a rather predictable turn of events near the end.
  • Suzanne
  • Raela
    LOVED this book! It combined so many of my favorite things and kept me guessing. I was initially unsure about 2 of the 3 POVs being in the same time (rather than 3 separate time periods), but I ended up loving that too. Everyone should look forward to its release in October!Fancy review:This novel is Williams, Willig, and White’s second collaboration after the 2016 release of their first collaboration, and it makes for yet another entertaining ...
  • Aura
    Solidly entertaining novel by three of my favorite novelist. A century apart, there are dual narratives in which mysteries unravel, one of the doomed Lusitania in 1915 and the other in 2013 with the descendants of the survivors of the famous ship.
  • Creager
    Solid start for all three women boarding the ill fated journey of the Lusitania. A wonderfully plotted, mysterious adventure and subterfuge for the whys and how’s of it’s so very real demise. Three romances that killed the characters and was cringeworthy, except for the tragic one...yeah, that one made sense (view spoiler)[and shocker not because of the adultery (hide spoiler)] but became the sinkhole that quickly devoured any realism before ...
  • Kate Olson
    (Free review copy from publisher)Loved the historical aspect but honestly I still don’t fully understand the whole espionage angle and who was doing what. And the modern day romance fell pretty flat for me. However, I am VERY picky on certain things and I think that overall this will be a popular historical fiction pick this season.
  • Davida Chazan
    Before the Titanic, there was the tragedy of the sinking of the passenger ship, the Lusitania, which was an event that forced the US into the first World War. In this carefully layered historical fiction novel, authors Williams, Willig and White bring us three stories of three women connected to one another and to that fateful sailing. Find out what I thought of this novel in my latest book review, here.
  • Ashton Noel
    This came very close to a 5 star read for me. Because of just a few minor things I didn't enjoy I give it a 4.5/5. Extremely well written book and it truly is seamless even though by all logic it had the potential to be a giant mess. It's written by 3 authors and told from the perspective of 3 characters. However it was so engaging and well thought out you just never wanted to put it down. I really really enjoyed and highly recommend this book. I...