It has been a very long time since I read a mystery that kept me guessing. And what a refreshing challenge Girls Of Glass was.
Five-year-old Ruby Burke is reported missing. She was at the beach with her mother and four days later her body is found on a beach. Everyone is on the list of suspects, with fingers pointing firmly to Ruby’s mother Charlotte. Alice Garner and Joe Nakamura investigate the kidnapping and death of the child. The Burkes are local royalty and when something like this happens, they pull no stops. It is all hands on deck.
With a frenzy amongst the local and national media and people wanting to get their two seconds of fame, the investigation goes in all directions. Ruby is the granddaughter of a prominent judge and the attention that this case warrants, is both a boon and a bane. Charlotte is a fragile being, she is shattered with the disappearance and death of her only child. There are plenty of what-if moments.
The Burkes, even though they lead a prominent life, have their own secrets. Such grotesque dark secrets that would tarnish reputations. What happened to Ruby? As questions are asked and answers are sought, one can of worms after the other is spilt.
Girls Of Glass was a wonderful read. It was not full of gore, but it does have the element of horror in it. What the author, Brianna Labuskes does best is to bring your attention to detail. And when you think you have guessed the culprit, she takes you down a road that makes you question yourself.
Brilliant plot and very well written. I would not say this book is a fast read, the pace is a bit dragging here and there, but it keeps you hooked. It may be tedious in the beginning to handle the constant to and fro between the before the kidnapping and after, but one gets used to it. The other tiring bit of the book is that characters go into their own monologues – mind talk. Beyond a point, this can be tiresome. I had to skip a lot of such instances. There are only two main characters who are male and the rest are female, showing many shades. From fragile to survivors. Yet, the empathy that is normally invoked in the reader for such characters is rather minimal.
If one does discount this, then Girls Of Glass is a good book. There are a good plot, very clever surprises and a lot of investigative thrill. I would recommend it to those who the genre of mystery.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars