Review of Trapped in Glass

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Review of Trapped in Glass

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[Following is an official review of "Trapped in Glass" by Pam Records.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Trapped in Glass, written by Pam Records, is a well-woven story that revolves around two sisters of Polish ancestry, Halina and Patcja, who live in Hegewisch, a Polish-American community on the south side of Chicago. During their childhood, around 1920, a man named Auggie owned a tavern called The Corner. After he disappeared, Joey, Patcja's first husband, took over the place. Then Joey went missing, and Patcja and Bear (her second husband) took control of the tavern. As one can see, a lot of mystery surrounds the ownership of this tavern, and there is something unknown buried in a patch of cement in the basement. The plot thickens when a detective shows up asking questions about Joey's disappearance. But no spoilers are allowed!

What I most liked about the novel was its narrative structure. I thought that the author's use of language was captivating, and the story was touching. I enjoyed reading about how Halina learned the art of healing from Baba, a Gypsy healer. Halina's commitment to the art of healing, especially her relationship with Baba and their mystic connection, colors the narrative. I liked the supernatural elements involved; they added texture to the story. Also, Halina came across as a relatable and true-hearted character, and I appreciated it.

There are also several interesting secondary characters. Halina had a crush on Nicky, who used to work for Auggie. He gave her money for nursing school and disappeared, though. Also, Margret, who worked as a waitress at the tavern, and Stach, who Baba liked and claimed was her nephew, are well-developed characters.

Additionally, I enjoyed the story's cultural backdrop. The sisters' story intertwines with bootleggers and Prohibition-related power disputes between rival criminal groups. The mysterious saga unfolds against a vividly painted historical context involving Chicago's infamous gang wars. I felt that the author did a great job of conveying Prohibition and its ramifications. The description of the life of immigrants in Chicago was also engaging. I particularly liked the narration of how the sisters often heard the news of partitioned Poland, and their parents frequently reminisced about the good old days in the Old Country.

Lastly, I gladly rate Trapped in Glass 4 out of 4 stars. There is no noteworthy negative point in this entertaining book. Also, the editing seemed clean and professional, for I found no errors. I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy historical fiction, especially America during Prohibition. However, it is not a fast read. If you dislike long and detailed stories, you might not like this one.

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Post by Amaka Ike »

Mmmm this book is really filled with mystery, the disappearance of Auggie and Joey is really something else. Would really love to read this book. To know who is behind their disappearance. Thanks for the wonderful review
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Post by JamesJaphet »

I'd love to solve the mystery of the ownership of the tavern by reading through the pages of this book. Great review you have here. Well done.
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Post by Mishkah Simons »

You know there's always drama when a nosy detective gets involved... I would like to know what happened and how the disappearance of Auggie and Joey is solved, if it is. 🕵️‍♂️
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Post by Fareed Regal »

Your review is going to catch the attention of many people. You did not give away any spoilers but still managed to whet the appetite of mystery seekers, like me. Hopefully, I will get to read this one. Well done on a great review!
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Post by Ifedigbo_C »

This book sounds interesting - like one that is full of suspense. Definitely reading it soon. Thanks for this amazing review.
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Post by photosynthesis19 »

This sounds like a really captivating story. I enjoy reading historical fiction, but have mostly read British novels in the past. I have been meaning to explore American historical fiction for some time, and this might be just the right book for me. Thanks for your thoughtful review!
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Post by Rishi_reviews »

This seems like a really amazing suspense thriller novel and I definitely want to know whose body that is buried under the cement. Thanks for the amazing review.
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Post by Shilisia »

I love a mysterious historical book with a handful of characters. I'm having all kinds of imaginations wondering what was hidden in the basement. This review couldn't have been written better. Thank you.
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