Girls of Glass by Brianna Labuskes

Girls of Glass

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 mother Charlotte Burke, who has become the target of a rush to judgment.All...

Details Girls of Glass

TitleGirls of Glass
Release DateJan 15th, 2019
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller

Reviews Girls of Glass

  • Michelle
    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 ...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    ***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 tru...
  • Tara Vaglio
    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 ...
  • Caroline Mitchell
    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.
  • Donna Cronin
    So flawedIn so many ways. I made myself finish it. No likable characters, horribly drawn out and ridiculous ending. Spare yourself
  • Julie Parks
    Twisty plot with slightly overdramatic writing. But that's just one opinion.Thank you Netgalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.
  • Jypsy
    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.
  • Jamie
    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 ...
  • Anjana
    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 th...
  • Anne
    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 od...
  • Patty
    Girls Of GlassByBrianna LabuskesWhat 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. T...
  • Jayne Capps
    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.
  • Kelsy | goodvibesgoodbooks
    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.
  • Kristine
    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.
  • Lisa Nocita
    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 pu...
  • Fawn
    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.
  • Sid
    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 writte...
  • Sid
    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 writte...
  • kristinnsbooks
    Does the audible narrator know that St Pete, Florida natives DO NOT have country accents? I mean that really bugged me with the audio bookI’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 infe...
  • 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 refere...
  • Angelina Elser
    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 f...
  • Diane
    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.
  • Jessica
    It was one of those books where the prologue was only as interesting as the ending. The in-between was all filler. But I couldn't abandon this story as it gave me a hunch that the twist wasn't going to be too predictable--it wasn't, but mostly because of all the said filler that happened in the middle bulk of the novel.
  • Dee King
    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.
  • Dianna Winget
    Good, but not my favorite This is a well written mystery with quite a bit of suspense. I liked the story overall, but found parts of it a little confusing, and didn’t find the end very satisfying.
  • Misty Vauble
    Life got in the way of me finishing this much much sooner. Was a 4.5 star read for me. Would have been 5 but for an irritating editing issue. A very twisty twisted read I love books where I see some things coming But the BIG stuff smacked me upside the head
  • PeppyKC
    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!
  • Sherry'S Sugar
    I thought I had this book figured out. Then there was a huge twist that made my mouth fall open in shock 🤯 I actually yelled "WHAT THE HELL!!". I will spend the rest of the day playing this book back over in my mind to see where I missed the clues.