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The Glass Tower: A mystery and suspense thriller with a gripping twist (The Sinister Coast Collection) Paperback – May 1, 2019
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Julia Ottley has a secret.
She’s burst onto the literary scene with the highest ever advance paid to a British debut author. Her novel – featuring a fabulous tower of translucent icy crystal – is garnering rave reviews. But as she embarks upon her new life, she discovers that nothing can be hidden forever, especially when living within walls of glass.
She fights to keep her secret, but as the stakes steadily rise, she faces a stark choice. How far is she really prepared to go to stop her life from coming shattering down?
Set on a beautiful and isolated island in the south west of England, The Glass Tower combines mystery and suspense with delicious dark humour. And just as readers of Gregg Dunnett have come to expect, there’s a wicked twist at the end.
“Don’t miss The Glass Tower – This is a fabulous new writer, now at his glittering best!”
The Glass Tower – is the second story in The Sinister Coast Collection – – a set of four standalone novels by Gregg Dunnett. Four unique and full-length stories, linked by their dark undertones and their connection to the British coast.
Here's just a taste of what readers are saying about Gregg Dunnett's books
“Taut, exciting, brilliant. It just grabs you from the mind-blowing first line.”
“I love falling into the coastal settings in Gregg’s books. I really feel like they take me there…”
“The protagonist in this book has just become my favourite ever character...”
“The best book I’ve read in a very long time. And I read a lot of books!”
“Wow, wow, wow. Just brilliant. I loved this book!”
“I hadn't heard of Dunnett before but he blew me away. A real pro.”
“A book I did not want to end. One of the best thrillers I've ever read!”
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Here's just a taste of what readers are saying about Gregg Dunnett's books
"Taut, exciting, brilliant. It just grabs you from the mind-blowing first line."
"I love falling into the coastal settings in Gregg's books. I really feel like they take me there..."
"The protagonist in this book has just become my favourite ever character..."
"The best book I've read in a very long time. And I read a lot of books!"
"Wow, wow, wow. Just brilliant. I loved this book!"
"I hadn't heard of Dunnett before but he blew me away. A real pro."
"A book I did not want to end. One of the best thrillers I've ever read!"
- Publisher : Old Map Books (May 1, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 332 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1912835126
- ISBN-13 : 978-1912835126
- Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.84 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,540,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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She's not a likable person, however, so at no point do you find yourself rooting for her or even really understanding her perspective. That aspect may be why some aren't liking this book even as they usually like the author's work. It's just not possible to have sympathy for this woman. And each time she makes another stupid, overly defensive decision, it's hard not to say "how stupid are you, don't you see you just made everything ten times worse?"
There's some sub-text to this book as well. It's an interesting take on the isolation and time it takes to be a successful published author, including how one is forced into being social and networky when perhaps being an author really doesn't lend itself to having that kind of personality. It's also a bit of commentary on how someone who is just a bit off in their head can misjudge their world and make poor decisions/display poor executive functioning because of it. It also felt a bit like an homage to Agatha Christie (e.g. that the road to the island is cut off by the water at high tide, the Roger Ackroyd-like aspect of a narrator who you aren't sure is honest with you) that I appreciated. And lastly that twist at the end, we often suspect that those who succeed maybe do so off the backs of others such that it doesn't do to admire the success of others too greatly, and the story's outcome is a reminder of that.
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It's a story that tells the tale of a middle aged, unattached woman who writes a best seller but gets herself into (for want of a better word) a scrape. She is somewhat lacking in worldly experience, but as things progress she tackles her problems head on. To say more (and there's much more one could say) would spoil things.
There are a few more observations I could make however. You won't guess the end, for example. You will alternately feel sorry for and frustrated by the central character. You will struggle to stop reading. Other characters will illicit sympathy, if not initially empathy. You will enjoy reading this tale. If this is the first book by Gregg Dunnett you read, you will look for others. Thankfully, in this world of serial books (Book number 6 in the Inspector Bloggs Mysteries) you will get a different experience every time.
This one follows the live of Julia, a writer who finds fame with her first novel. Events in her life take a turn after a fatal road accident. Then, after a second accident, she becomes reliant on, then addicted to, pain killers which change her whole being, her view of live and of the lives of those around her. She becomes paranoid.
As the book continues I had to keep reminding myself that Julia’s actions, which bordered on bizarre at times, were not those of a normal person, acting rationally, but those of someone who was paranoid. As Julia’s thoughts and plans get more sinister you have to remind yourself that at the beginning she was, seemingly, just an ordinary person, a writer who had made it big, but she had few friends and no family to support her or share in her success.
Her one friend who we do meet is Geoffrey and in the end, seemingly a little too late, he realises Julia must be struggling and sets out at the eleventh hour to “save the day”.
I think Julia would have struggled with her new found fame, even without the accidents and the paranoia, but hopefully she would have coped better and might have recognised the friendship she had with Geoffrey, and even made more friends, in time, but that’s not how this storey was told.
The actions of Julia, Rob and Becky after the accident can be understood up to point - they were all panicking, but how they all managed to live with themselves afterwards I can't imagine.
I can also understand Julia's thinking that moving to London was a good thing to do. It's a shame she didn't have any good friends to guide her through her success, but she probably wouldn't have taken any notice anyway, and besides, if she had this would have just been a dull book about a woman who wrote a book and got rich!
Her descent into paranoia is frightening, and the ending was, for me, totally unexpected. If it had been a film I'd have been on the edge of my seat in the closing chapters around the lighthouse.
The only truly likeable character was Geoffrey, but all the characters were well-drawn and the book was extremely entertaining.
I have deliberately been a bit vague about the plot, because I don't want to spoil it for people who haven't yet read the book.
What can I say? Well, I expererienced a range of emotions in the two days I spent reading the book. Disbelief, horror - and ,surprisingly, at one point, great amusement at what turned out to be, fortunately, an extremely comical incident. When the climax came, it turned out to be quite quite different to anything I could have imagined. Do read it and find out for yourself!