2007: 65. The Girl in the Green Glass Mirror

“He held the magnifying glass up to the light.  

It was smaller than a crown piece and had a thick ebony edge, rubbed smooth, as smooth as glass itself.”

The Girl in the Green Glass Mirror, Elizabeth McGregor

I was disappointed by this book. It has a great premise and sounds like the kind of book I like best.  The story is about Catherine Sergeant, an art historian whose husband leaves her, without explanation or warning.  She becomes involved with a mysterious stranger, who has a strange connection to Richard Dadd, the mysterious painter she wrote her thesis on.  Dadd murdered his father and ended up his life in Bedlam and Broadmoor, painting the whole time.*  Right up my alley, reminiscent of Possession and other literary mysteries.


However, this book failed to impress.  The plot threads didn’t really wrap up and go any where, at least not anywhere satisfying.  All the interesting ideas lead to naught.  For example, why *did* Catherine’s husband mysteriously leave? The answer offered makes no sense, or rather, the story so far doesn’t satisfactorily support the answer.  Was there something mysterious about Catherine’s connection to Dadd?  It was almost like the book was too short - the interesting ideas weren’t sufficiently explored.  I was disappointed.


Recommended for: People interested in Dadd; art historians

Date/Place Completed:  5/9/07; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction; Library Book


*This is actually true - I didn’t realize until the book was over that Dadd was a historical character.  His art sounds better in the book that it looks in real life, or at least in reproductions on the internet.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017