by Sophie Littlefield
Published by Harlequin: MIRA Release date : February 25th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Suspense
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Jen Glass has worked hard to achieve the ideal life: a successful career, a beautiful home in an affluent suburb of Minneapolis, a seemingly perfect family. But inside the Glass house, everything is spinning out of Jen's control. Her marriage to her husband, Ted, is on the brink of collapse; her fifteen-year-old daughter grows more distant each day; and her five-year-old son barely speaks a word. Jen is on the verge of breaking, but nothing could have prepared her for what is to come.
On an evening that was supposed to be like any other, two men force their way into the Glasses' home, but what begins as a common robbery takes an even more terrifying turn. Held hostage in the basement for more than forty-eight hours, Jen and Ted must put aside their differences if they have any hope of survival. They will stop at nothing to keep their family safe—even if it means risking their own lives. A taut and emotional tale of a family brought together by extraordinary forces, House of Glass is a harrowing exploration of the lengths a mother will go to protect her children, and the power of tragedy to teach us what truly matters
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Due to spoilers, my review may be a little on the vague side.
House of Glass is about a family of four, whose life is turned upside down after two men invade their home. Forced into the basement of their home, the family works together to protect each other. But when things start spiraling out of control, each person is forced to do the unthinkable in order to survive.
For me, there was a lot going on in House of Glass, besides the home invasion. Jen, Ted and their daughter, Livvy; each have their own suspicions on who the invaders are, and question whether or not they are the ones that brought the men to their door. With that, we get a little back story on each character, as an explanation to why they feel this way. So, we see each of their flaws exposed, and how they had to work past their guilt (however misplaced) in order to survive the situation. Watching how each story was unfolded kept my on toes the whole time. As the pieces fall into place, I was shocked about what we found out.
Sophie does an amazing job with the suspense and tension in her writing. My heart was racing, I was on the edge of my seat and I love how she didn’t shy away from the violence and horrifying scenarios of the situation. It was hard to read at times, because it was so realistic and plausible that it’s hard not to feel a little uncomfortable. Especially knowing that the story was inspired by a home invasion that happened in Connecticut back in 2007.
One of my favorite aspects of the novel is how much it makes you think. How something so miniscule would start a domino effect and cause one of these most terrifying things a family could go through, happen. It makes you think about strength and love; and what you would be willing to do, and may have to do, to save your family. No one wants to point fingers, but in reality, it’s going to happen and when Jen started to speculate on all the possible persons responsible, I felt like it was something anyone would do, regardless of the outlandish reasoning behind it.
My Peeve – The only thing that bothered me was the writing from the 4-years old view. It was necessary to the story– there is no doubt about that– but for me personally, it would have been more intense not knowing exactly what happened. I know that sounds weird, though.
Overall- I really enjoyed House of Glass. It’s a heartbreaking, intense and brutal, but so good. Sophie is a new to me author that I will be reading in the future.