Reading time 3 mins

I read this entire book in less than 24 hours. The Girl in the Glass was addictive and well written. It had everything I want in a thriller and kept me in suspense the whole time.

Review: THE GIRL IN THE GLASS by James HaymanThe Girl in the Glass by James Hayman
Series: McCabe and Savage Thrillers
Published by HarperCollins on October 6, 2015
Pages: 384
Genres: Crime, Fiction, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Mystery, Mystery & Detective
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Two identical women.

Two identical murders. Two lives brutally cut short

108 years apart

June 1904.

Aimée Garnier Whitby, a beautiful French artist and wife of one of Maine's richest and most powerful men, is found near death on the Whitby family's private summer island, the letter "A" mysteriously carved into her chest.

June 2012.

Veronica Aimée Whitby, the eighteen-year-old descendant and virtual double of the first Aimée, becomes the victim of a near perfect copycat murder. With another beautiful, promising young Whitby woman slain, the media begin to swarm and pressure builds for Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage to bring the killer quickly to justice. But the key to solving Aimée's death just might have been buried with her beautiful ancestor.

The latest McCabe and Savage thriller from USA Today bestselling author James Hayman is a crackling, twisty novel of suspense, perfect for fans of J.A. Jance and John Sandford.

Aimee Garnier Whitby and Veronica Aimée Whitby both die the same way. They were both murdered and had an A carved into their chest.  Aimee #1 (Aimee Garnier Whitby) is the great-great-grandmother to (Veronica Aimée Whitby) Aimee #2, so these two Aimee’s are 108 years apart. The Aimee Whitby in both eras are rich, successful, and very beautiful. Aimee in early 1900’s is a free spirit, an artist, and an adulterer. When she was murdered everyone suspected her lover, Mark, who was hired by her own husband to paint her portrait. Aimee #2 is the valedictorian of her school, rich, powerful, and about to celebrate her 18th birthday. The night of her graduation party, her father unveils the now infamous portrait, of Aimee Garnier Whitby. With their similar looks, Aimee #2 dresses up exactly like the girl in the portrait and that same night she suffers the same fate.

The way this story is laid out, with the fate of Aimee #1 being revealed right away, I was lead to believe Aimee #2 suffered the same fate. There are definitely some similarities in both cases; they look eerily similar, the both die on their own property, and they both had an A carved into their chest. The only real difference is that Aimee #2 is about 10 years younger than her great great grandmother at the time of her death. There is this idea that the family may be cursed or something having these two similar tragedies befall one family. So the best detectives are assigned to the case, McCabe and Savage.

The pressure is really on McCabe and Savage with the press breathing down their necks and no shortage of suspects. They are going to get to the bottom of this no matter what happened to Aimee #1. Several times the person I thought had done it was proven innocent. So I was kept guessing the whole time. Even the witness to Aimee #2’s murder didn’t make it clear for me, despite seeing the whole thing through her.

This story also involved a lot of broken marriages, complex families, and parental love. We get a close look at jealousy and sibling rivalry. The pace is right on with little cliffhangers at the end of every chapter. The flipping back and forth through time was well done and easy to decipher, even for me, a person that gets lost easily. I especially loved seeing how McCabe and Savage interact with each other. I loved how the author left us guessing about McCabe. I was guessing until the very end who done it, and why.

I really enjoyed this story despite a few small issues. I didn’t like that the story wrapped up so quickly. The ending felt a bit rushed. Also, this book had a lot of people contributing to the tale. I like to only follow one or two main characters throughout a story, so having so many POVs was a bit of a turn off. That is just my personal preference and shouldn’t deter you if you are a fan of mysteries. I would probably read another tale with McCabe and Savage by James Hayman. Maybe in the next one McCabe and Savage could be an item….maybe?

My Rating


About James Hayman

James Hayman is a transplanted New Yorker. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manhattan, he spent more than twenty years on Madison Avenue writing TV advertising for clients like The U.S. Army, Lincoln-Mercury and Procter & Gamble. He moved to Maine in 2001 and decided to scratch a lifelong itch to write fiction. A lifelong thriller fan he began work on The Cutting. Much to Jim's surprise, his first novel featuring Portland, Maine detectives Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage, was bought by St. Martins in the US, Penguin in the UK and Random house in Germany. It was translated into half a dozen languages and sold around the world. His second book, The Chill of Night. This Fall he changed publishers to Harper Collins and the third McCabe/Savage thriller Darkness First came out first as an ebook and quickly made the USA Today national bestseller list.

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