An impassioned, harrowing and ultimately hopeful story of one woman's pursuit of justice, forgiveness and healing.
Through the Glass is an intimate and gripping journey into prisons, courtrooms and the human heart in which she reveals the far-reaching impact of Jason's crimes, the agonizing choices faced by the loved ones of offenders and the implicit dangers of a correctional system and a society that prioritizes retribution over rehabilitation, and victimhood over recovery.
Shannon’s story sparks discussion and debate about gaps in the justice system, the treatment of direct and collateral victims, offender accountability, and the future of prisons. She inspires readers and live audiences to consider the role forgiveness might play in their own lives—no matter how they have been wronged.
Through the Glass became an instant bestseller when it was released across Canada in 2011 and was nominated for several awards, including the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award (Canada) and the Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Writing. It was listed in CBC's Canada Reads Top 40 (2012) and has also been adopted into course reading lists at several universities. It is currently being adapted for the stage in New York
“A vivid, heartbreaking and eye-opening journey through the justice system that gives voice to the forgotten victims of crime—the families and friends of people who offend. Honest and timely, it is a must-read for the millions of Americans coping with the crimes and incarceration of a loved one, and for all those who want to understand their complex journey.”
—Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, Author of the international bestseller Dead Man Walking and Founder of Ministry Against the Death Penalty (USA)
“A compelling documentation of a flawed penal system [and] a nuanced look at the humanity of a violent criminal. Most of all, it’s a meditation on forgiveness.”
“A remarkable story… of love and betrayal, of a horribly broken man’s hidden brutality and his ex-wife’s boundless capacity to forgive.”
"If you are going to read one book this year, let it be this one. You will never again forget, or take lightly, ALL the innocent victims of crimes." - The London Free Press
"This is a well-written, emotion-filled book with many unanswered questions for society to deal with...it is a book that everyone should read." - The Peterborough Examiner
"An engaging, compassionate story of a woman's quest for hope in the wake of trauma and violence."
-The Winnipeg Free Press
"Through the Glass could easily have been the story of how Moroney’s life fell apart — and indeed, it did. But this is no 'poor-me' tale. It’s equal parts a how-to manual for anyone touched by crime, an indictment of the criminal justice system, an endorsement of the practice of restorative justice, a thank-you note to the friends and family who supported Moroney and, ultimately, an answer to those who wanted her to explain."
- The Vancouver Sun
“A level-headed but passionate look at the journey on which [Moroney] was thrust after her husband’s crime.”
- Edmonton Journal
“Gripping and eye-opening. . . . A heart-wrenching story—written with great clarity—of grief, confusion, judgment, and loss.”
"A well crafted journey through the nightmare of Canada's courts that painfully illustrates how many victims of crimes are never truly accounted for in the trial process."
- Rabble.ca review
"The book I thought I had no interest in reading, but which stayed with me long after I had finished it. An incredible look at an impossible situation, the Canadian penal system and the short falls when it comes to victims outside our usual idea of the term. If you read one non-fiction this year, read this book. It will enlighten you to so many aspects of law and crime and make you want to be a better person."
-Diary of a Bookworm Blog
"With courage and compassion Shannon Moroney draws us into the hidden world of those navigating our justice system - victims, offenders, family and friends. Shannon's compelling story, Through the Glass, has something to offer us all - personally and professionally. Her story allow us to see the possibility of a justice system that draws on our instinct for compassion, over our instinct for retribution. Against the odds, Shannon navigates a journey of hope for all of us."
-Brenda Morrison, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, School of Criminology & Co-Director, Centre for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC
"I learned so much from this story, and marvel at the courage and grace with which it is told. This book should be required reading for Crown Attorneys, Victims' Service workers, and for all of us who spend our days navigating the labyrinth of our justice system."
-Christine McCardell, Justice Circle Coordinator, Owen Sound YMCA
“Shannon Moroney tells her heart wrenching, personal story with such clarity and peace, bringing a new perspective on who can be affected in the aftermath of serious crime. More importantly, her restorative justice story is a remarkable one of moving forward with forgiveness and toward healing. Shannon uses her gift of storytelling to share her very special story that will leave you believing in the power of forgiveness.”
-Andrew Ager, Youth Justice Coordinator, Cochrane-Timiskaming, ON
“Your heart hurts for the author and for all victims of crime. In fact your definition of just who are the victims of crime changes as the book unfolds.
Her story can become a self-help book for anyone who has experienced loss as well as opening our eyes to the possible changes that could be made to our penal system and to our society. Shannon Moroney speaks for the prisoners who are being warehoused without treatment, rehabilitation or services, and shows that just putting them in prison does not help or heal victims of the physical crime where restitution would.”
-Catherine McFarlane, Chapters Store Employee, Brampton, ON