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Sarah Talbot Jennings, a young American living in New York, has fled to Bangkok to disappear. Arriving with a suitcase containing $200,000, she rents an apartment at the Kingdom, a glittering high-end complex slowly sinking into its own twilight - and run by conveniently discreet staff. 

In Bangkok's shocking heat Sarah meets the beguiling Mali, a half-Thai tenant who's strangely determined to bring the quiet American out of her shell. An invitation to Mali's poker nights soon follows, where - fuelled by shots of yadong, gossip of shady dealings in the city and the hit of marijuana - Sarah is drawn into the orbit of the Kingdom's glamorous ex-pat women.

But when an attempted military coup wracks the streets below and Sarah witnesses something unspeakable through one of the Kingdom's windows, only to be followed by a series of strange disappearances, Sarah's safe haven begins to feel like a trap.

From a master of atmosphere and suspense, The Glass Kingdom is a brilliantly unsettling story of cruelty and psychological unrest, and an enthralling glimpse into the shadowy crossroads of karma and human greed.

©2020 Lawrence Osborne (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"Bangkok is the star of this accomplished novel. Its denizens are aliens to themselves, glittering on the horizon of their own lives, moving - restless and rootless and afraid - though a cityscape that has more stories than they know." (Hilary Mantel)

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  • S. Powell
  • 05-11-21

Quite intriguing

I enjoyed the story for its own sake, but the reading was truly awful. It was read with no reference to punctuation or the flow of the sentences, which spoilt it.

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  • Cerim
  • 09-14-20

disappointing

The writer brilliantly captures Bangkok and this had the making of a really good story however the plot disappointed. Characters faded away and the decline of the main character wasn't fully explored. the ending was disappointing and I felt this story needed an epilogue to tie up the loose ends.

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