What I Loved:
Under Stone and Glass was such an amazing story with a well-written plot and I loved all of it. I was blown away by the story of the house. A.N. Willis wove such an intricate story in such an amazing way, I was absolutely captivated.
How I Felt:
The characters give a young adult feel to this story, however, it’s perfect for adults. Evelyn, our main character, is a high school student plagued by terrible dreams that feel more like memories of the house across the street. Everyone thinks she is obsessed with the house and needs to move on. She’s such a determined character and knows deep down that something is not right. She meets Alex and quickly finds that she’s infatuated with him, but also that he may hold secrets that she needs to know. Alex was a great character. He’s a bit about breaking the rules, but also wants to do the right thing. It was a nice mix for his character that kept me wondering what his motives were.
The house this story circulates around is creepy and intriguing and filled with secrets that just didn’t stop coming. A.N. Willis did an amazing job describing the Byrne House. It was such an integral part of the story and her descriptions made the story flow well and feel so real. This house had such an amazing creep factor. It’s like the perfect haunted house, but I’m not sure anyone really wants to go there! It was a great setting for this story.
The story starts with the discovery of the body of the owner of Byrne House by the housekeeper. Evelyn sees this through her bedroom window and then see her friend go inside to try to help. He doesn’t come out though. The police searched the house and don’t find him. They are convinced he left on foot, but Evelyn knows that’s not true. Distraught about her friend’s disappearance into a house she knows has some connection to her and her past, she is determined to discover what happened to him on her own. She meets Alyx, a boy who seems to know a lot about the Byrne House and its secrets. He seems to agree with her that her friend is truly missing. Together they try to unravel the secrets of this house and uncover more than they could have ever expected.
The plot of Under Glass and Stone was so well constructed. I felt like every revelation along the way was timed just right. There was a fair amount of suspense and anticipation, which I loved. There were times where I literally covered the pages to give myself a moment before I moved on! The secrets that were discovered were mind-blowing. I felt like I continued to be surprised over and over again, making this such a thrill to read.
Overall, I absolutely loved reading this book. This is the first book in the series, and I cannot wait for the second! The characters were easy to connect with, the story was beautifully written, and the plot was filled with twists. This thriller was everything I wanted it to be, and I loved it.
To Read or Not To Read: I would recommend Under Glass and Stone to readers that enjoy a spooky thriller with a touch of paranormal aspects.
Where to Find This Book:
Under Glass and Stone by A.N. Willis publishes on April 7, 2020 and is available at these sites.
Two disappearances, over a century apart…the truth waits inside Byrne House.
For five generations, Evelyn’s family has lived in the same small brick house, shadowed by the mansion across the street. Her Nana filled her childhood with stories about Byrne House: tales of missing children, of lovers gone mad. The mansion loomed every night in her dreams. Even now, at seventeen, Evelyn watches the sprawling Victorian from her second-floor bedroom, unable to explain her obsession with a house she’s never been inside.
Then one of the boys in Evelyn’s junior class disappears. Evelyn is the last person to see him–just a pale face in Byrne House’s tower window.
The police don’t believe her. Even her friends think she just imagined the face in the window. Only Alex–a mysterious newcomer with his own ties to Byrne House–shares her suspicions. Alex believes that this latest disappearance is tied to the mansion’s dark past. But Evelyn has no idea how far she and Alex will have to go to find the answers. Or what she’ll have to remember.
- Under Glass and Stone by A.N. Willis
- Series: Byrne House Series, Book 1
- Publisher: Observatory Books
- Page Count: 290 pages
- Pub Date: April 7, 2020
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