The Glass Ocean

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Title: The Glass Ocean
Published by: William Morrow
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Genre: ,
Pages: 416
ISBN13: 978-0062859488


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From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.

May 2013
Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . .

April 1915
Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. . . .

Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. But she’s had enough. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. . . .

As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself.

Reading Guide

Praise & Awards

“Team W has struck gold again with a sensational tale of drama, espionage, and passion on the high seas in their latest collaboration. Three brilliantly twisty plots plus a trio of hard-headed, unpredictable heroines add up to one immensely satisfying read.”
-Fiona Davis, bestselling author of The Masterpiece

"Williams, Willig, and White (The Forgotten Room) form a spectacularly winning team for this action and romance-packed historical novel.  The story is seamlessly narrated in alternating chapters by two American women aboard the British luxury liner Lusitania on its fateful final cruise in 1915 and by a 21st century writer trying to unearth a family secret....  The story toggles effortlessly between timelines, building romance and intrigue to a hellish climax at the Lusitania's sinking....  The result is an unputdownable thriller."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Williams, Willig, and White (The Forgotten Room, 2016) work together again to create a riveting historical mystery... “Team W” takes readers on a voyage, filled with twists and turns, in which secrets abound, no one can be trusted, and history isn't always what it seems.”
- Booklist 

"A trio of talented historical fiction writers have teamed up again for a stunning mystery spanning the centuries in "The Glass Ocean"....  The authors' depiction of life aboard the Lusitania during its fateful final voyage is rich and well-researched.  The shifting perspectives keep the story constantly moving and changing, like the rolling of a ship on the waves, and twists abound on both sides of the ocean and the time gap.... "The Glass Ocean" takes us to unexpected places during that journey, and despite the tragedy, gives us a satisfying ending."
- New York Daily News


Read Chapter One here!

Read Chapter Two here!