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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444733575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444733570
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello readers! I write mystery-thriller novels that take you into hidden worlds, spark debate and keep you turning pages - at least that's what reviewers tell me.

I take everyday struggles and make them big and exciting, in the hope I can help people look at life in a new way. My aim is to create fiction that's not only fast-paced and addictive, but also touches on issues that really mean something to readers. Stories, after all, are about how we live our lives, and the very best stories are life manuals.

So hopefully, you'll be hooked by the mystery element of my books, but also helped to see the world in a whole new beautiful way.

Too grand an aim? Maybe. But I like to try ...

Happy reading, Su xx

Visit my website for book group info: www.bookgroupbooks.com

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Susanna Quinn is a born storyteller (Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree)

A fascinating thriller that delves into the Japanese sex industry and into the murky world of hostess clubs (Daily Express)

An involving read (Financial Times)

Gripping. (Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat)

I read Glass Geishas in one sitting, with a break for sleep. This does not usually happen. It's a terrific read. (Fay Weldon, author of Chalcot Crescent)

Unputdownable. I was completely absorbed. Meticulously researched, GLASS GEISHAS is a real page turner that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit, friendship and love over adversity. (Julia Crouch, author of Cuckoo)

A sinister and seedy tale about the dark side of Tokyo's night scene. I stayed up late to find out what happened next. (Natasha Solomons, author of Mr Rosenblum's List)

A gripping, thrilling insight into the world of Japanese hostess bars. A seriously skilful page turner . . . don't read it on the beach unless you want sunburn. (Kate Harrison, author of The Secret Shopper's Revenge)

GLASS GEISHAS manages to do for Tokyo's infamous Roppongi district what Alex Garland's "The Beach" did for the Khaosan Road and Thailand. (Simon Toyne, author of Sanctus)

A fascinating look at the seedy underworld of Tokyo - the writing is skilful and vivid and the tension doesn't let up. Susanna Quinn is one to watch. (Julia Gregson, author of East of the Sun)

'This emotional and moving story from Susanna Quinn pulled at my heart . . . A gripping read which is beautifully written' ***** (www.whatsgoodtodo.com)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mike Dowman on 16 April 2012
Format: Paperback
Susanna Quinn's first novel takes us on an adventure into a hidden world of sex, drink and drugs. We follow the lives of white women who try to make easy money by chatting and flirting in Tokyo's hostess bars. Can they get out with the cash before being sucked deeper into Japan's multifarious sex industry, or will they be spat out as broken wrecks?

Susanna Quinn is well placed to tell us about these women - she was one herself. Hostesses live on the edge of society in a world ruled by money and gangsters. Our protagonist soon finds out that you look after yourself first and trust no one. It's an easy fast-paced read, full of well-developed characters ranging from a clueless British journalist to a kind but unsympathetic Geisha.

This may be a work of fiction - but I have no doubt that Susanna met all of these people during the time she spent in Tokyo. The story is as informative as it is entertaining, making this book a must read for anyone interested in alternative lifestyles and the people who live them.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Swarfield TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
ROPPONGI - the Soho of TOKYO. A fantaastic tale of sex, drugs too much alcohol set in
and around the seedy nightclubs of Roppongi. This book is without doubt based on well
researched knowledge and should serve as a warning to anyone thinking of sampling this
for themselves.

Steph goes to Tokyo wearing rose tinted spectacles - free drinks, loads of money to be
made and best of all she is going to be with Julia and Annabel, friends from her schooldays.

What a shock shes in for - nothing is as it seems and she is soon drawn into a seedy and
dangerous world. Susanna Quinn has obviously played a blinder with this her first novel
and l am sure it will be a bestseller l cannot wait to read her next one. Read it and
enjoy - l am sure thay like me you will not be able to put it down. Well done first rate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HeavyMetalManitou VINE VOICE on 13 May 2013
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This book is light years away from my usual reading material, yet something about it made me eager to give it a whirl. I enjoyed 'Memoirs of a Geisha', so that may have been what prompted me to try 'Glass Geishas'. Unlike 'Memoirs of a Geisha', this book does little to glamourise or rationalise the geisha lifestyle. It is, by contrast, more of a cautionary tale. Overall, I enjoyed the story. There's something exotic about tales set in the Far East (when you live in Scotland, at least). In writing, there's a tenet 'write what you know', a practice championed most famously by Stephen King. Throughout 'Glass Geishas' I felt suspicious that Susanna Quinn might not have written places that she knows, but might have instead projected her imagined vision of Japan. I could be wrong, but the feeling returned often enough to make the setting seem slightly less than authentic. The plight of the main character, however, is universal. It has been said that the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results. Intelligent folk learn from their mistakes and don't repeat them. My frustration at Steph, the main protagonist, was frequent. Beautiful but thick in the head, she is slow to learn and quick to repeat bad choices. Perhaps that is a good thing, not for Steph but for the reader. Had Steph been razor-sharp mentally, always doing what's best for her, the story would have been much shorter and the adventure less compelling. Plotting is compulsion versus obstacles; Steph's main obstacle is her own stupidity.

The quality of Susanna Quinn's writing is excellent. This was a welcome surprise. I half expected such a female-orientated book to rely on romantic clichés and stereotypes, but Quinn employs no such lazy writing habits.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tried and Tested VINE VOICE on 19 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
On Susanna Quinn's website (mysteriously called Book Group Books) there is a 10 page challenge, you can download the first 10 pages of this book and she guarantees that you'll be hooked. It's an original idea and it really drew me in - slightly strange given that you can download a sample of most books on to the Amazon Kindle! Anyway, I read the first 10 pages and loved it, so was really excited when I got offered this book through Amazon Vine the same week.

Don't be fooled into thinking that this book is about Geisha's - it's not, it's about hostess's and the darker side of hostess work. Steph has gone to Japan to earn some quick money so that she can take a course back in the UK, she has a couple of friends out there and thinks it would be good to catch up with them. ONce she arrives in Japan all is not what Steph had hoped, her friend Julia is acting very strangely and no-one knows where her friend Annabel is, most people don't even seem to remember her.

This book is very cleverly thought out and should serve as a warning to anyone tempted by easy money - if something seems to good to be true, then there's a good chance that it is! It also shows how you go into something like hostess work with one idea, and somewhere that disappears and gets replaced with new thoughts and before you know it you're completely sucked into a seedy underworld with no way of escape

This got 4 stars rather than 5 as I wasn't completely convinced by the ending, I can't say more than that without giving away what happens but I was slightly disappointed by it, however, the journey to get to the end was thoroughly enjoyable and I would still highly recommend this book.
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