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Sometimes the path to the truth is paved with broken glass.

Teenager Lin Fox is a stranger in a strange land—Germany, where her father has come on a quixotic quest to locate a priceless artifact. The medieval (and possibly mythical) Allerheiligen stained glass is believed by some to be lost, by others to have been destroyed, and by virtually all to be haunted. A mysterious...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Bantam (first published June 22nd 2010)
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Emma
To begin with this book was rating at 1, 2 stars tops. The first 100 or so pages I just couldn't get into it. The characters didn't seem all that interesting. It didn't read like a book I thought I should enjoy. Not just that I felt that things were happening in a blink of an eye, no detail just boom, boom boom. I didn;t see what else could happen. How it could develop, especially develop into a book worthy of 3/4 stars, one I would not regret buying.

BUT.....to my delight it achieved this. I wou...more
Warnie B.
Helen Grant's books always seem to get such mixed reviews, but I really kind of love them. If you've read The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, you'll notice some similarities here: the setting of a small German town, the main character's reluctant relationship with a neighborhood boy, some really crappy family dynamics, the possibility that supernatural elements are at work. And while sometimes similarities in books by the same author like this can really annoy me, I found that they didn't at all...more
Hp Tan
It was a sort of love-hate relationship I had with The Glass Demon. The story is narrated in a retrospective style so at about the end of every other chapter Lin goes like, "I was not to know (blablabla) will be (insert some horror)". It's an intriguing storyline, I must say, and the balance between some paranormal cause and a criminal cause of the deaths must have been difficult to hold, but it was done pretty well. You have no idea whether it was the glass demon or some other townie not so kee...more
Kelly
Spooky story of a girl, Lin, whose family moves from England to Germany so that Lin's professor father can study a set of stained glass windows. The windows are rumored to have been haunted by a demon, but are widely believed to no longer exist. But then Lin learns that someone--human or demon--is willing to kill to keep the windows hidden.

Things I loved: Terrific tension--The Glass Demon is really scary! Great writing. Realism of Lin's family: they're not absent, they loom large in the story an...more
Andrea Lee
LOVED This book. The characters were fabulous - rich and interesting and deep with lots of empathy. The two main characters are teenagers, with another teen being a primary secondary character. Grant does a fabulous job of catching the teen voice - somewhat disgruntled, misunderstood, a little rebellious and a lot scared/cautious. She is able to give us a real mystery, with the added benefit of taking most of us - Americans anyway - out of our physical space comfort by placing the whole story in...more
Catherine
The Glass Demon is one of those books I knew was going to be good right from the very first lines. In just two lines Grant effectively sets up a feeling of impending doom, and with the third sets up the first death - and thus the rest of the book. With such a strong opening, standards are high for the rest of the book. But Grant's elegant writing and careful plotting make for a page-turning novel that gets better and better with each chapter.

In a YA paranormal market awash with vampires, werewol...more
Amanda
Lin Fox and her family move to Germany for a year so her father can track down the fabled Allerheiligen stained glass and win himself a reputation. Yet the moment of their arrival, death seems to follow, leaving behind a track of broken glass; the sign of Bonschariant, the demon who haunts the glass.

Secretive townsfolk, open hostility, even unhelpful law enforcers seem to point to only one thing. No one wants the glass to be found. What they do want is the Foxes out of their town, or dead.

There...more
Dionne
Wow what a book! Fast-paced narrative with a character I liked. Helen Grant writes with a style I enjoy reading. Her sense of humour shines through, with the main character, Lin, snarky and with little patience for stupidity or arseholes. The characterization rang true for me—a teen who is not afraid to stand up for what she thinks is right, but second-guesses herself at times.

The main story was mystery and horror combined, underscored with the secondary plot of Lin’s sister, Polly, having anore...more
Christina Wilder
The Glass Demon disappoints. A lack of any likeable characters, most notably a charmless and self-centered protagonist, makes this a disappointing read. It's too bad, as the premise was excellent and the potential was right there.

While I did like the use of the occasional intriguing vocabulary word, Grant's strange metaphors were literally head-shake inducing. An example:

"...that he would drop this surmise into the current of gossip that ran through the school, like a hippo releasing a turd into...more
Melanie
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Connie
This book I got at a library clear out for like 25p or something so good like that and it sat on my shelves for little over a year. It was something that appealed to me without actually drawing me in but when I pulled it's name out of my TBR jar I had to read it. At first, I found myself not caring about the characters. It all seemed very fast paced. And I had a heck of a lot of questions. But as soon as I hit around the 100 page mark, things soon picked up. The story began to get explained and...more
Jen Bojkov
It's been awhile since I read this book so I will not get into many particulars. A teen and her family move to a remote German (?) town after her father gets permission to study local legends in the area. The legends are, of course, sinister and the family becomes ostracized for stirring up bad things in the area. The teen becomes caught up in trying to sort out the mystery with a local boy who also becomes a love interest for her. I liked this book ok, but it was not as good as The Vanishing of...more
Antonia Sian Gibson
So this book was a little dull to begin with, there wasnt much life to the characters and they greatly lacked in descriptive details. However as the story progressed a began to get really into it and the story line itself was great, unfortunately I cannot say the same for the way the book was written, Firstly there was no need for a new chapter to start every 3-5 pages (over 65 chapters in total!) and the use of untranslated German words although the intent was to add culture it was just confusi...more
Alex
The main problems I had with this were the characters and the "love". All of the characters were bland in my opinion and they were never drawn out. The author seemed too preoccupied with the plot, which had many plot holes. I was very surprised when Lin went psychotic starting in the middle of the book. She was so mean to everybody. I don't understand why Michel loved her. The love felt like it was thrown in there just for the sake of having love in the book.

Also, there were too many questions...more
CD
Nov 08, 2011 CD rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
I finished her first book, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, in a day. I could not put it down. It was smart, funny and uber-frightening. This one ratchets the fright down and isn't funny at all, but is a speeding train of mystery and teen angst and murder!

Lin Fox is yanked off to Germany right when she should be in her last year of high school in England. Her older sister is in the middle of a crisis, her mother and their younger brother Ru are something of an odd pair of ducks. It is the fath...more
Natalie Cheetham
Lin Fox is not happy to be spending her last year of high school in Germany, as her father searches for medieval stained glass. It's rumored that the glass is cursed, and when Lin and her family keep encountering death, and when someone/something begins threatening Lin's own family, she begins to believe the rumors. Can Lin and her new friend, Michel, find and fight the demon behind the glass before it's too late?

I really didn't get this book. A demon haunting medieval stained glass...not really...more
Mieneke
I have a new must buy author and I'm blaming the lovely Liz from My Favourite Books. She sent me The Glass Demon to read and now I want to read The Vanishing of Katarina Linden asap and I can't wait for Helen Grant's third book Wish Me Dead, which is due for publication on June 2nd. So why did I love The Glass Demonso much? Let me tell you.

Lin is the seventeen-year-old narrator and she's a wonderful protagonist. She's smart and brave, but at the same time slightly self-centered and self-absorbed...more
Nafiza
The best way to create a sense of fear (or other derivatives of that emotion) is to take the main characters of a book and displace them. To take them away from all that is comforting and familiar and place them in a setting that is foreign, unknown and as such, evocative of fear and uncertainty. When Lin's family relocates to Germany because of her father's new project, one of the first things the family sees is a corpse in an orchard surrounded by glass. And the hint of The Glass Demon.

The boo...more
Heidi
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Mandy
I discovered this book in a list of best adult books for teens in a magazine that arrived for me at my library. I was able to obtain a copy, and it did not disappoint! From the very start, I was hooked. The action begins early with the discovery of a body by Lin, our teenage protagonist. Her family is en route to a rental home for the coming months because her father failed to make professor in a disappointing and politically motivated act by his university. The only viable alternative is for hi...more
Malin
Lin Fox and her family are moving to Germany for a year. Her father is a history lecturer who dreams of a glamorous TV career, and is taking his family with him on a sabbatical year in Germany after he was passed over for a promotion. While driving to the village they're to live in for the next year, Lin and her family come across a dead body. An old man is lying in an orchard, with a head wound, surrounded by broken glass. Lin's father and stepmother are not interested in being questioned by th...more
P.E.
When I first saw this book, I knew I had to read it right away. It sounded spooky and scary, and it was.

Lin was a good character. She hated having to move into Germany and she had her faults, and her good points. Though she wasn't a super memorable character, she was nice to read. The other characters were much more interesting, especially Tuesday, and her dad. Tuesday seemed like an airhead who didn't care about her kids at all, but when one of them was threatened, we really see how much she ca...more
Leanne
When Lin Fox's father decides to chase academic glory in Germany, Lin and her entire family have to move from London to a small German town for a year. Doctor Fox is researching the infamous Allerheiligen stained glass windows that have been missing for hundreds of years. If found, the windows could fetch millions of dollars and guarantee the ambitious Doctor Fox the media attention her craves. But the Allerheiligen windows are also said to be cursed by the evil glass demon, Bonschariant, who ap...more
Tatiana
This was the first Helen Grant's book I read, and it convinced me to read all her other books.

At first however, I wasn't too enthusiastic. I opened it and saw it was written in a first person narrative. I generally tend to like less this type of narrative, because I often don't believe in the way the character is supposed to think. I often don't buy their wording, I see the author behind and have more difficulty to be taken by the story and characters.

But here, I almost immediately realized that...more
Carol
I started this book not realizing it was a YA book -- my bad, and perhaps it unduly influenced my attitude toward it. The story focuses on Lin, the teenaged daughter of a university scholar. Lin's father is seeking a set of medieval staineg glass windows, reputed to be a masterpiece and the whereabouts of which long unknown. He takes his family to a small town in Germany on a sabbatical leave to try to locate and study the windows. It's pretty clear from the very first scene of the book that the...more
Npldirector
Loved it, although not as much as the other Helen Grant book I've read: The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

This book is written from the point of view of a teenaged girl and Grant does a fantastic job of staying in that voice, in that character. It's kind of like some of the best Nancy Drew novels I read (about 100 years ago it feels like). The main character is smart and insightful and no one listens to her because she is just a kid. There's a good love interest, a major crush on a teacher and of...more
Judy
I've wanted to read this book for a long time because the premise sounded so intriguing. It also didn't sound like any other story that I've read before. Up until maybe two-thirds into the novel, it wasn't. I loved the story of the glass demon and the idea of stained glass windows with biblical stories on them being haunted. The author provided an excellent sense of place, with the forest and the winding roads and the mystery. Are the strange events paranormal in origin? Or are they done by a hu...more
Susan Rose
Plot: A Professor of history relocates his family from Oxford to a small town in Germany in pursuit of some mythical ancient stained glass panels. When they arrive however the enigmatic townsfolk are unwilling to talk about the the stained glass panels that is believed to have a satanic curse on it. The Professor believes these panes of glass still exist and is on a quest to find them.

Narrator: This story is told entirely through the eyes of one of the Professor's teenage daughter, Lin. This me...more
Danya
This is one of my "snapshot" reviews.

The subject: a set of stained-glass windows that seem to be connected with a series of deaths and the rumor of a demon...


The setting: a small village in Germany in the present-day. (Points for a setting outside the U.S. or Britain!) Some of it feels Gothic, though — in the best sense.


Shutter speed: steady. It's not a thrilling page-flipper, but the mystery builds continually as one creepy event after another occurs. The pattern of events turns out to be prett...more
Mark
When the first thing that happens to you upon moving to a new town is discovering a corpse perhaps that should be taken as a sign of things to come! When you are a teenage girl moving to Germany from England, at the behest of your father the professor, and he doesn’t want to call the police to report the finding so he won’t get delayed, it becomes the worst thing that has ever happened to you.
In this Young Adult novel Lin, a teenage girl and her family move to a small burg in Germany in order th...more
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Helen Grant (born 1964 in London) is an English author of novels for young adults, now based in Scotland. She was educated at Dr Challoner's High School and went on to read classics at St Hugh's College, Oxford. Her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, was published by Penguin Books in April 2009.[1] It was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. It has

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