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Through the Glass

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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...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Doubleday Canada
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F. Johnny
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...more
Dana Burgess
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...more
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
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...more
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....more
Jillian Lewis-rath
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.
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...more
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
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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...more
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!
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Rhiannon Ryder
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...more
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
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...more
Suzanne Donald
“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
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
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
Wilson Trivino,
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...more
Sallie Des Biens
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
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.
Through the Glass by Shannon Moroney is a revealing memoir about Moroney’s therapeutic process and how she copes with the after-effects of her discovery that the man she loved and married had unexpectedly recommitted horrific and violent crimes in the form of kidnapping and the raping of two women.

The narrative is written in first person by the author who divulges in detail the careful history in which she thoughtfully considered her relationship with Jason Staples after learning he was previous...more
I won this book through a Goodreads contest.

Through the Glass is an account of Shannon Moroney's life after her husband, Jason Staples, was arrested for kidnapping and sexual assault. Newly married, Moroney had to come to terms with the crime and the devastating impact it had on her life and others. When I hear about horrible crimes, I have often thought of the perpetrator's family and friends. They too are victims of the criminal, tainted forever by the crime. Moroney brings their perspective a...more
Bree T
When Shannon Moroney got married in October of 2005, she thought it would be forever. Her husband Jason had a past, but that had been a long time ago, when he’d been barely an adult and he’d been an exemplary member of the community ever since. He had won the trust of her family and her friends and they’d had a perfect courtship and wedding.

One month after the wedding, Shannon was away at a work conference when a police officer knocks on the door of her hotel. He informs her that in the town whe...more
WOW! I would not have chosen this book for myself at all, the little blurb on the cover caught my interest, but not really enough to try it. My Brother-in-Law recommended it, and had a copy on him at the time so I read the first chapter, and decided I had to give it a go.

I learned a lot reading this book, about the criminal justice system etc, which I have never been exposed to before, which I found interesting. I have never thought about the offender's family before when you hear about crimes o...more
THREE AND A HALF STARS. Ladies, here's a dating tip for you: when a man tells you on the first date that he was in prison for 10 years for killing a woman with his bare hands, this is NOT a signal to continue dating and eventually marry him. Other signs that this man may not be good relationship material include his story of a totally screwed up childhood and as well as the requirement that you meet his parole officer and psychologist in order to continue seeing him. I understand that he may see...more
Val Walton
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...more
This memoir was not only well written, it was written in such an honest way. Shannon Moroney was able to respectfully represent victims who were affected by her husband's crime - including herself and her family. She didn't shy away from what Jason did, she didn't excuse his behaviour, but she did highlight the impact from the offenders families point of view: she highlighted how difficult it was for her, since she too was a victim.

At the end of the day though, it was the story of a victim and w...more
Danielle Gignac
I couldn't put this book down. I found it absolutely fascinating and found her perspective enlightening. Her ability to put her thoughts and feelings into words the way she did in this book is amazing. Through my work, I come into contact with many people who have a wide variety of disabilities, life experiences, and criminal history. She was able to articulate some of my thoughts and feelings about people and the justice system that I have never thought to put into words before.
Shannon Moroney is a woman coming to terms with her husband's horrific crimes - the kidnapping and rape of two women who were brought to their home to be violated while she was out of town on business. The crime is shocking and its aftermath is pretty horrible. Ms. Moroney bravely shares her journey - one that leads her into the field of victim advocacy for family members of criminals. I'll be honest and say that I often disliked her in this book - she seems self-centered and justifying, focused...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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