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Through the Glass

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  503 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
An impassioned, harrowing and ultimately hopeful story of one woman's pursuit of justice, forgiveness and healing.

When Shannon Moroney married in October of 2005, she had no idea that her happy life as a newlywed was about to come crashing down around her. One month after her wedding, a police officer arrived at her door to tell her that her husband, Jason, had been arrest
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Doubleday Canada
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F. Johnny
Oct 01, 2012 F. Johnny rated it did not like it
I was at first startled, then incredulous, then furious with Moroney as I read this book; she struck me as deeply self-centred, with a remarkable blind spot for the suffering of her husband's actual victims. What angered me the most was that she repeatedly attempted to find out, from various mutual friends, co-workers, and acquaintances, familial and identifying details about her husband's victims; she demands to know the identity of the stepson of one of the victims, who was a student at the sc ...more
Nov 17, 2012 Amy added it
*SPOILER ALERT* I grabbed this book off the shelf at the library when I didn't have a book on hold to read. It's a book I probably would've never selected had I really understood the gravity of the crimes. But I found it captivating.

At first, I thought Shannon was naive & foolish in pursuing a romantic relationship with Jason. He was very upfront and told her from the beginning that he'd be in jail and was on parole for murdering a female roommate. I feel everyone has the opportunity to mak
Dana Burgess
Jan 22, 2012 Dana Burgess rated it really liked it
This book has intrigued me ever since I heard about it. I volunteer to support and advocate for victims of crime and have often wondered, along with others in my field, who supports and advocated for the families of offenders? Especially violent offenders whose actions and crimes negatively impact not only their victims but also their families. Hard question.

In her book Through the Glass, Shannon Moroney tells her story: how her storybook marriage and life fell apart one month in, the day the po
Jillian Lewis-rath
Jun 24, 2012 Jillian Lewis-rath rated it did not like it
One woman who puts her pain and suffering above every one else's. She marries a man who has murdered before but she's surprised when he commits another violent crime. With complete disregard for the rape victims privacy she goes on a journey for closure. I can understand how she would want closure but she is such a self centered ego centric it's sickening. Btw, getting your period after being a couple of days late doesn't mean you lost a baby which she keeps bringing up.
Dec 05, 2011 Kris rated it it was amazing
This booked stunned me; I could not put it down. Shannon Moroney did an amazing job informing the reader about what happened to her and her family in the aftermath of her husband's crime. As a reader I experienced anger, disbelief, frustration, and disgust about the situation Shannon found herself in, but I also experienced wonder at people's ability to forgive and give of themselves. Moroney managed to convey how someone can hate the crime that has been committed by a loved one but still love t ...more
Dec 05, 2011 Laima rated it really liked it
Through The Glass by Shannon Moroney.

***I won this book from Goodreads as a First Reads giveaway***

This is a true story. Sad but true.
I found this book an eye opener regarding mental health, the prison system, courtrooms and rehabilitation.

Shannon Moroney met her future husband, Jason Staples, while he was working as a cook at a soup kitchen in Kingston, Ontario (hometown of Kingston Penitentiary). Shannon had taken a group of kids there for a field trip. Jason was very charming and they were im
Oct 30, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shannon Moroney’s memoir, Through The Glass is one of the most emotionally compelling non-fiction reads I’ve stumbled upon in a while.

Through The Glass opens with an ominous knock at the door. Shannon opens the door to the news that her husband of only a month has been arrested for the brutal assault and kidnapping of two women. Shannon finds herself thrown into a world she cannot fathom, devastated from the revelation, and learning she herself has been a victim of her husband’s dark tendencies.
Aug 16, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography-memoir
I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this book and was humbled by Shannon's capacity for forgiveness. Her life was torn upside down by the actions of her new husband yet she somehow continued to keep her head held high and create a new and inspiring life for herself. She credits her "Golden Circle" for helping her through this tragic, shattering situation and it is obvious that her family and friends in this group lifted her up..just as she lifted her husband Jason up in so many ways. ...more
Nov 07, 2011 Christine rated it liked it
I am glad Shannon Moroney's life experiences had provided her with opportunity to give her life meaning and purpose through advocacy. However I believe Shannon was naive to fall blindly into love with a murderer and expect a happily ever after. There are many troubling comments in her book pertaining to forgiveness and lack of rights for criminals who have commited disgusting violent crimes. I agree, she did not commit the crime but I was shocked to read how upset she was when she was relocated ...more
Sallie Des Biens
Jan 14, 2013 Sallie Des Biens rated it it was ok
I wish the author had focused more on the broken prison system instead of lamenting her "victimization". I believe she was genuinely concerned about the women her husband savagely assaulted, but to put herself in the same category did not resonate with me. She knowingly married a murderer. She chose to marry him anyway. The women who were brutalized had NO choices. All in all, this book left a bad taste in my mouth.
Jennifer Dominguez
Apr 12, 2013 Jennifer Dominguez rated it did not like it
The woman in this book made me so angry! He husband raped and kidnapped 2 women but she spends the entire book defending his actions and calling herself a victim!!!! I kept reading, hoping she would redeem herself somehow, but nope, she considered her husband a victim of the system and herself a victim because her dreams of a happy life were shattered.
Feb 01, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
I had to take my time reading this novel, and I frequently had to put it aside because of the vivid and emotional journey, and the close proximity of several of the locations mentioned.

This is an incredible book. These pages are full of so much strength and emotion. To be able to share all of this with so many people takes such bravery and grace, and to transform all of the pain of this journey into positive change for so many people; the victims, the families, and even perpetrators (who are gen
Suzanne Donald
Mar 02, 2013 Suzanne Donald rated it it was amazing
“Lock them up and throw away the key”. This draconian attitude for the perpetrators of crimes is the understandable reaction to the huge global increase in horrendous violent offending. Shannon Moroney in ‘Through the Glass’ (2011) gives those of us that have ever held this thought a chance to look deeper and, maybe, form another opinion. Moroney, while not condoning the actions of Jason―the man she was married to―searched for understanding of why and how this man she had loved could have commit ...more
Oct 11, 2012 TheGeekyBlogger rated it liked it
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Overall Rating 3.50

First Thought when Finished: NonFiction is such a hard thing to review because it is so personal. Through the Glass is one of those stories that needs to be read but won't be easy.

What I Thought of the "Story": Through the Glass is the story of a woman who finds out that her husband has committed a horrific crime. This is not his first offence but no one in the system saw it coming. It is about her journey as a victim, wife, activist, and daughter through the or
Khris Sellin
Mar 23, 2015 Khris Sellin rated it liked it
A compelling memoir. Shannon Moroney is a newlywed, happily writing out thank you cards for wedding gifts, when the police show up at her door. Her husband of one month has just committed violent sexual assault against two women, and her life will never be the same again.

In the aftermath, she soon realizes she's being ostracized and not wanted back at the school where she'd worked for a long time, cutting off one line of support and normalcy. She finds out who her friends are, and aren't. She s
Sep 02, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rhiannon Ryder
Feb 03, 2012 Rhiannon Ryder rated it really liked it
Zombies, bug infestations and now true crime! I'm already so creeped out I don't know how I'll sleep for the rest of the year!

Through the Glass is one of those books I never would have chose for myself, I'm not a true crime girl and the cover blurb was not selling me. Imagine my surprise when, ten minutes into reading, I was so absorbed I could barely put it down.

A month into her marriage Shannon’s husband kidnapped and brutally assaulted two women. Although aware her husband had been imprisoned
Shannon Moroney is a newlywed, only married one month, when she gets a knock on the door at the hotel where she staying while at a conference. She opens the door to a police officer, who informs her that her husband has just been arrested for sexually assaulting, confining and kidnapping two women. Over the next few days and months she learns details of the brutal assaults the women were subjected to at the hands of her husband and she is shocked to the core. This doesn't sound at all like the m ...more
Val Walton
Jan 03, 2013 Val Walton rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I liked the way the book drew attention to the hugh gaps in our criminal justice system which seemed to leave inmates without much help. I liked the way she has opened my eyes to the restorative justice program and the fact that I unconsciously judged the family of criminals.

I didn't like her reference to the golden circle and excluding friends for trying to keep confidential the names of the victims. There seemed to be a bit more sympathy for herself than for them. She seemed a bit arrogant.

I l
Nov 18, 2011 Maxine rated it it was amazing
Just one month after her wedding, Sharon Moroney's life came crashing down. While at an out-of-town conference, police arrived to inform her that her husband, Jason, had been arrested and charged with the kidnapping and brutal sexual assault of two women. This is the story of her life in the aftermath of Jason's crimes.

Despite her own innocence, Shannon lost her job, many of her friends, and may have had a miscarriage. She would learn that she and many of her family and friends had been victims
Jan 01, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
This was another book I happily recieved through the goodreads giveaway contest. Though I had not had a chance to read it until now it came in october, and since ive seen it in a few libraries and many bookstores. I wondered why it was so popular and soon discovered why. The book illustrates Shannon Moroneys life of loss-dealing with her husbands assaults of two women. It describes his criminal past and her acceptance and trust of him, and how he broke it by comitting those crimes. At first I wa ...more
Kathie Bondar
May 14, 2015 Kathie Bondar rated it did not like it
On the science dept of my university students used to refer to the psyc students as the phoneys. Now, here is a social worker with a master's degree describing in her book a string of failures of placing foster children into unsuitable homes, being bounced about between more unsuitable homes, the author herself marrying a psycopathic killer while piling up more credentials as a social scientist in position to now tell people what is wrong with them and placing more children into foster care. Wha ...more
Joshua Brader
Jan 16, 2016 Joshua Brader rated it liked it
A word that I see in other comments about this is book is 'troubling' and I certainly think that's true. I picked this up thinking it would be more about the concept of restorative justice than it actually is. It's generally more of an account of how it is to be what maybe we can call a tangential victim in that the really serious crimes in the book are committed against others by the author's husband but she has to live with the fallout.

Ms Moroney sometimes comes off as selfish, or as incapabl
Stephanie Jones
Nov 27, 2015 Stephanie Jones rated it it was ok
This was a reasonably interesting story, but the attitude of the author left a bad taste in my mouth. I feel extremely sorry for her, and none of it was her fault. She does feel compassion for the victims, but feels a lot more compassion for, who is in her mind the real victim, herself.

Just one example, when she finds out about the crimes she says she feels no anger, only grief. But a few chapters later she finds out her husband watched porn and ran up a $3500 credit card bill, and that's when
Barb Klein
Dec 15, 2014 Barb Klein rated it liked it
This review of “Through the Glass” by Shannon Moroney is a really hard one for me to write. The first chapter begins, while Shannon is at a convention, with a knock on the hotel door as Shannon is writing thank you notes for gifts received at her wedding which took place about a month before. There stands a police officer who gives her the news that her husband of one month has been arrested for sexual assaults and rape. She is in disbelief.

I really didn’t want to read this book because the subj
Wilson Trivino,
Jun 03, 2014 Wilson Trivino, rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shannon Moroney had almost everything she could ask for. She was a pretty happy go lucky spirit but was missing her prince charming. Finally one day she found him in the ruggedly handsome Jason. It was love at first site and she accepted him warts and all.
In her memoir she chronicles how she was still getting chills being called a “wife” and celebrating the honey moon phase when suddenly she answered her door where a uniform officer informed her with the news that her husband was accused of som
Suzie Flohr
Jun 13, 2015 Suzie Flohr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book. Written from the heart and all about how you cant help who you love.
Aug 03, 2011 Ashlee rated it really liked it
I just finished this one today and, wow! What an incredible story! I will admit that throughout the book there were times where I had a very hard time listening to her and "accepting" what she was saying, considering the circumstances. But none the less, she came out of the experience a survivor and a successful woman with a powerful message!
Dec 17, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
After Shannon Moroney discovered a horrific, violent act was committed by her new husband, she was desperate for answers. This is her search for finding out why her husband would do such a crime against women in their community., while struggling in her role as the criminal's wife. Most people would respond to his acts with physical punishment or incarceration; Moroney explores the gaps in the Canadian judicial system, and the lack of rehabilitation in prisoners. She describes that global and lo ...more
Apr 08, 2015 Madge rated it it was amazing
This book was so interesting. Since I am interested in prison reform this book was more than an eye opener. A woman marries a man who spent 10 years in prison for murder, gets out and spends 7 years being a model person. Then literally one month after their marriage commits two horrendous rapes and assaults on two strangers who come into the store where he works. The author relives every detail for the next two years. The law moves very slowly when someone wants to plead guilty. We get insight i ...more
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Through the Glass is an intimate and gripping journey into prisons, courtrooms and the human heart in which Shannon Moroney reveals the widespread ripple effect of her husband’s crimes, the agonizing choices faced by the loved ones of offenders and the implicit dangers of a correctional system and a society that prioritizes retribution over rehabilitation, and victimhood over recovery.

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“A friend once told me that she understood pity as 'I'm sorry for you', whereas compassion is 'I feel your pain because I see that you could be me and I could be you'.” 8 likes
“I was realizing that forgiveness was a decision I would have to revisit over and over. It was turning out to be a process, not a single act. Forgiveness neither erased nor diminished the magnitude of Jason's violence and its continuing ripple-effect. It didn't take away the anger, frustration or loss I felt about what he'd done, and it couldn't bring back the life I'd had with him. What forgiveness did do was remind me that there was a human being behind the violence, and that his heinous acts did not represent the sum of who he was. Forgiveness gave me the permission to see and know both aspects of Jason, to be enormously angry and pained by his violent acts, but also to let go of that anguish before it took complete control over my mind and heart. Forgiveness stopped rage from becoming resentment, and it released me from having every aspect of my character and the life I still had ahead from being bound to Jason's violence. Forgiveness put my life back into my own hands.” 6 likes
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