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The Glass Demon

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,173 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
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 mysterio
Paperback, 305 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Bantam (first published June 22nd 2010)
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Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
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. my delight it achieved this. I wou
Christina Wilder
The Glass Demon disappoints. A lack of any relatable 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 int
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: History, religion, secrets, family, tragedy.

Full review to come.
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second Helen Grant novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it (as I did the first one - The Vanishing of Katharina Linden). Set, like the earlier novel, in Germany and drawing on local legends to great - and genuinely creepy - effect, the book also paints a convincing picture of adolescent discomfort, to put it mildly, loneliness and displacement, the stirrings of first love, and the sheer strangeness of being oneself and having no one to share this with. It's sharply characterised, gripping and cleve ...more
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Andrea Lee
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Natalie Cheetham
Jan 21, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gstba-2013
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
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Obsessed with finding the Allerheiligen glass, a grouping of medieval stained glass windows that have been missing for centuries, Lin's historian father moves the whole family to a small town in Germany for Lin's final year of school. What none of them know is that they're about to step straight into a nightmare, one that begins with a dead body mysteriously surrounded by broken glass that Lin finds in an orchard before they've even arrived at their destination and will bring death and destructi ...more
Ryan Mishap
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: novel
This was an enjoyable read that ultimately disappointed--another thriller disguised as a mystery, albeit this one had a Gothic tinge. The writing and prose style hearken back to young adult novels of yesteryear (maybe think a denser Susan Cooper) which I enjoyed.


What disappointed was the reveal of the villain--there were several suspects--including the title demon right up to the end--but not enough information was given for the reader to do anything but guess. That means
Caren Mitchel
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
something of a mystery book, something of a supernatural story, a tiny bit of religion thrown in.
This is going straight into my personal ”Favorite & Beast Books of 2013” pile!

Among the mitigating factors why this book became a favorite of mine is that I am a medievalist; I love a good mystery; I spent a year, which included a summer, wandering the countryside of Germany before my senior year, visiting abbeys, cathedrals and castle ruins. Heck, I am even writing a book about my adventures called ‘The Gargoyle Girls’! This story made me feel like I was back there doing it all over again.
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, mystery, young-adult
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 Demon so 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-absorbe
LizZz Love
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book!
Really loved it, from the beginning to the end.
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
Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
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
Chrissey Harrison
Lin Fox is dragged away from her life in England by her family. Her father is obsessed with finding the mysterious Allerheiligen Glass - medieval stained glass windows thought lost for centuries - and moves them to a remote part of Germany. His initial investigations are hampered by the inconvenient death of his contact and the locals are none too welcoming. It could be a coincidence, but maybe not. Maybe someone doesn’t want them to find the glass.

This book builds slowly, revealing the mystery
Apr 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
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
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
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helen Grant is one of the few YA authors to have gotten her novels reviewed by the mainstream newspapers - The Guardian, The Times, etc. have given her glowing reviews you'll find spotted across the back cover of her books. This unusual sight made me pick up The Glass Demon, and I am pleased to report that the blurbs were right. Helen Grant is pretty fantastic.

Grant took a risk when writing The Glass Demon - even though the novel is narrated by an English girl, it is set in Germany and the major
Dec 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, mystery, read-in-2012
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
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok

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 19t want to call the police to report the finding so he won 19t 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
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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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