FROM THE BOOK JACKET: RÃ³sa has always dreamed of living a simple life alongside her Mamma in their remote village in Iceland, where she prays to the Christian God aloud during the day, whispering enchantments to the old gods alone at night. But after her father dies abruptly and her Mamma becomes ill, RÃ³sa marries herself off to a visiting trader in exchange for a dowry, despite rumors of mysterious circumstances surrounding his first wife's death.
RÃ³sa follows her new husband, JÃ³n, across the treacherous countryside to his remote home near the sea. There JÃ³n works the field during the day, expecting RÃ³sa to maintain their house in his absence with the deference of a good Christian wife. What RÃ³sa did not anticipate was the fierce loneliness she would feel in her new home, where JÃ³n forbids her from interacting with the locals in the nearby settlement and barely speaks to her himself.
Seclusion from the outside world isn't the only troubling aspect of her new life--RÃ³sa is also forbidden from going into JÃ³n's attic. When RÃ³sa begins to hear strange noises from upstairs, she turns to the local woman in an attempt to find solace. But the villager's words are even more troubling--confirming many of the rumors about JÃ³n's first wife, Anna, including that he buried her body alone in the middle of the night.
RÃ³sa's isolation begins to play tricks on her mind: What--or who--is in the attic? What happened to Anna? Was she mad, a witch, or just a victim of JÃ³n's ruthless nature? And when JÃ³n is brutally maimed in an accident a series of events are set in motion that will force RÃ³sa to choose between obedience and defiance--with her own survival and the safety of the ones she loves hanging in the balance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Caroline Lea was born and raised in Jersey in the United Kingdom. The Glass Woman
is her second novel. She lives in Warwick, England.