THE GIRL WITH THE GLASS BIRD is set against the ever-alluring backdrop of a boarding school. I can't get enough of boarding school stories, and Knight's Haddon provides a lush background to the dangerous mysteries afoot. Isolated except for a small nearby town, Knight's Haddon is a strict school for the girls, banning all electronics and with a low tolerance for disobedience.
Even though that might not sound appealing, Edie truly flourishes here. She goes from being homeschooled by her blind grandmother to being bullied by her cousins to finally finding a place where she can belong if she doesn't let her uncle's secret mission get in the way. She makes friends for the first time in her life and finds a passion in acting in the school play.
The villains of the story are truly devious and malicious and the mystery of who exactly they are will keep the reader turning the pages to the very end. The scariest part of the villains' plan is the psychological manipulation of Anastasia, the girl Edie is supposed to befriend and protect. Anastasia thinks she's going mad, and Edie needs to discover the truth before it's too late.
What Left Me Wanting More:
While I enjoyed Edie as a character, and her growing friendship with Anastasia, I found myself wanting more character development when I reached the end. This is a first novel in a series, though, and I imagine Edie and Anastasia will have more adventures together, so there's plenty of time to grow.
The Final Verdict:
THE GIRL WITH THE GLASS BIRD is sure to please fans of boarding school stories with its realistic characters, heart-racing mystery, and bold heroine.