Through the Glass

An impassioned, harrowing and ultimately hopeful story of one woman’s pursuit of justice, forgiveness and healing.

When Shannon Moroney married in October of 2005, she had no idea that her happy life as a newlywed was about to come crashing down around her. One month after her wedding, a police officer arrived at her door to tell her that her husband, Jason, had been arrested and charged in the brutal assault and kidnapping of two women. In the aftermath of these crimes, Shannon dealt with a heavy burden of grief, the stress and publicity of a major criminal investigation, and the painful stigma of guilt-by-association, all while attempting to understand what had made Jason turn to such violence.

In this intimate and gripping journey into prisons, courtrooms and the human heart, Shannon 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 punishment over rehabilitation, and victimhood over recovery.


Through the Glass is a compelling documentation of a flawed penal system, a nuanced look at the humanity of a violent criminal, and a snapshot of the cognitive dissonance required by romantic love. 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.”
National Post

“Gripping memoir … It is an engaging, compassionate story of a woman’s quest for hope in the wake of trauma and violence.”
Winnipeg Free Press

“There are many readers who will benefit immensely from Moroney’s level-headed but passionate look at the journey on which she was thrust after her husband’s crime.”
Edmonton Journal

“Compelling, gripping, and eye-opening….  A heart-wrenching story — written with great clarity — of the grief, confusion, judgment and loss.”
Waterloo Chronicle

“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
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 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.”
“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