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House of Glass

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  713 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Bestselling author Sophie Littlefield delivers a riveting, ripped-from-the-headlines story about a family put to the ultimate test when two men take them hostage inside their home. 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, everythin ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA
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Sep 26, 2015 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jen Glass keeps control of her world with lists written in neat handwriting in pretty notebooks. Her sister Tanya makes fun of her obsession, but Jen knows that her list making is a way of organizing her thoughts, so when the time comes to act, you don't waste precious moments on false starts and dead ends. She fears a loss of control, and would do anything to avoid it.

Now Jen and Tanya are in Murdoch, clearing out their deceased father's apartment. Jen is appalled by the detritus of their fathe
Apr 07, 2014 Sammi rated it it was ok
don't really know what to say about this one, I didnt love it and I didnt hate it. quite an easy read but just felt it didnt go anywhere.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

A fast paced, gripping novel, House of Glass is the story of a family taken hostage in their own home. Locked in the basement by two gun wielding thugs, Jen Glass, her husband, Ted, teenage daughter, Livvy, and young son, Teddy, can only hope the men will take the money they want and leave but when things begin to go wrong for the hostage takers, the terrifying situation begins to spiral out of control.

Despite outward appearances the Glass family is already a fractured reflection of perfection.
May 07, 2014 Gloria rated it did not like it
The plot was predictable.

The characters were not moving. I really disliked Jen. All that money but how did they get it, with a single income family. It was overdone but at the same time not interesting. The author really failed to write a story that all ties together. It is blah, blah, blah... boring.

The writing lacked originality. It almost read like a young adult book in its simple writing style.

It is a fast read.
Baleigh Menuey
Nov 20, 2014 Baleigh Menuey rated it it was amazing
House of Glass is about a family with two kids that get their house broken into. The four of them are held hostage in their basement. After the first day the 15 year old daughter manages to get her 5 year old brother out of the house and he runs. There are two men who broke into the house, the younger one shot the father after the kid ran away. After a long time the dad ends up dead. The brave 15 year old also manages to find a way to call her aunts son and tell him to have his mom call the poli ...more
Jun 26, 2014 Ashleigh rated it liked it
Well, that was disappointing. First book I've read in months due to university commitments, and it had to be this one.

In my eyes, this had the potential to be a 5-star book, but it was let down by a very mismatched story line. I feel like the author was trying to falsify a sense of connection with the characters by adding little clips about the characters. Seriously, what is the relevance of the flash-backs Jen experiences about her father?

I also feel like the author was so quick to finish the
Kathy Cunningham
Apr 05, 2014 Kathy Cunningham rated it liked it
Sophie Littlefield’s HOUSE OF GLASS is a readable but predictable thriller about a home invasion in suburban Calumet Minnesota. All of the usual characters are present – Jen Glass and husband Ted are happily married, but he’s been out of work for a while and keeping secrets; teenage daughter Livvy has been hanging around with an unsavory boyfriend; and four-year-old Teddy suffers from “selective mutism,” meaning he can’t speak to anyone but his immediate family. When two armed strangers walk int ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Elaine rated it liked it
This is a very dark, sinister story about what can happen when evil enters your home – the one place where you are supposed to be safe. Jen Glass and her family, at the beginning of the book, seem to be pulling in different directions. Husband Ted is definitely hiding something from her, daughter Livvy is behaving like a typical sullen teenager and young son Teddy has problems with his speech. When their house is suddenly invaded and they are held prisoner in their own basement, they are going t ...more
Feb 07, 2014 Dawn rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
When I read the synopsis for this book, I made the mistake of forming an idea about what this story would be about. Unfortunately, for me, the actual story was totally different than my imagined one.
For that reason, it isn't entirely the fault of the author that I found this to be rather lackluster.
My idea was just better ;-)

This is the what-could-have-been harrowing story of a family, The Glasses, that is held hostage in their own house for a few days by a couple of thugs intent on getting thei
Aug 11, 2014 Donna rated it liked it
This is a fast paced story about a family that gets abducted in their own home. While the husband and wife are on shaky ground, you see them come together for their kids. While it is sad, it's also slow and melancholy at places. Especially when the mother has a flashback to her youth. That part was unnecessary. Overall an ok book.
Aug 10, 2014 Victoria rated it really liked it
After reading and enjoying Garden of Stones in June of last year, I was excited to read this novel by Littlefield. This latest novel is certainly a departure from the mix of historical and modern family drama - this one is pure thriller! Inspired by true events, this gripping family drama takes place primarily over the hostage event with this fractured family kept in their basement by two assailants who know intimate details about their lives. This is a surprisingly strong novel that examines wh ...more
Aug 19, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Another winner from a favorite author of mine

Author Sophie Littlefield writes all genres of books - and I've liked all of them to date. Post apocalyptic, comedy romance, and I just finished her newest offering recently"The Missing Place," a hardcore suspense novel, and it was exceptional.

HOUSE OF GLASS is the scariest of Littlefield's books that I've read so far because it strikes so close to the headlines of recent news. What could be scarier than a home invasion, someone coming into your own p
Jun 24, 2014 Terri rated it really liked it
This was quite a different kind of story. A "normal" American family of a father,mother, and teen daughter and a young son who has a form of mutism (he won't or can't speak to anyone outside of his family) are going through the most comment issues of bickering, an angry daughter, an over protective mother, a husband who has been out of work for over a year. Suddenly their home is invaded by two unknown men who shut them up in their basement. During the course of the story, the reader is not sure ...more
May 28, 2014 Amber rated it it was amazing
"Oh my God."

I said this multiple times while reading this book. Not because it was awful. No, because it was so dang good. It kept me wanting to turn the pages, to figure out if everyone would be okay.

But let me back up.

The book is about Jen Glass and her family. She has a husband, Ted, a teenage daughter named Livvy, and a five-year-old son, Teddy, who doesn't speak to others because he has selective mutism. (That's when a child can talk to family members, but no one outside of it.) Jen and Ted
Stephanie A.
Mar 06, 2016 Stephanie A. rated it liked it
Slow intro prior to the start of the invasion, and I had trouble connecting to or sympathizing with any of the characters, which was frustrating, because WOW was this a good storyline. Literally everything I've ever wanted to see in a home invasion story, including the family dynamics, with a lot of threatening, unlawful imprisonment, violence, injury, spouses clinging to each other, a little kid to comfort, and a terrified teenage girl who just wants her dad to make things better like he always ...more
Apr 10, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
It was interesting how everyone (minus Teddy) thought they had in some way brought the intruders into their house. As the reader, I felt that Ted had the most to do with it in a very sinister way, but was surprised at the real reasons. Littlefield did an excellent job in creating suspense. Littlefield kept the characters authentic and even though they were all flawed, they remained likeable. My one complaint is that we were thrown into the house invasion without really getting to know these char ...more
Oct 20, 2015 Charlene rated it liked it
A home invasion gone wrong, or something even more sinister? Each member of the Glass family thinks their brutal in-home kidnapping was brought on by something they, themselves, did. The upscale Glasses live a luxurious, comfortable lifestyle. Husband Ted, though, is hiding the fact that he's been out of work for months now and no longer seeking legitimate employment. His wife Jen, while outwardly confident, is secretly dealing with a painful past that's hidden from even herself. Teenage daughte ...more
Jill Madsen
Mar 15, 2014 Jill Madsen rated it it was ok
A little disappointed in this book... It felt like there was such possibility for the plot, the events for the daughter or the drama the dad got himself into, but neither was fully developed and at the end I still didn't really know what caused the sequence of events.
Tea Time with Marce
Mar 21, 2014 Tea Time with Marce rated it liked it
From my blog

I love a great edge of your seat thriller, which this could have been more of but it was to much novel like with a touch of thriller, just not enough, it missed the edginess. I enjoyed all the characters but I found the storyline with them got to a great tension point early but stayed at that level throughout which in the end didn't meet my expectations.

I know it happens in real life and the inspiration was from a Connecticut intrusion but it still feels unbelievable to me, someone b
Feb 04, 2014 April rated it really liked it
Wow, I was wary that perhaps this woukdnt be an edge of your seat thrill ride, but I'm glad that it was. I had only needed to read a few pages before I was utterly sucked into the vortex of this family and the situation they're put in after the home invasion starts. The inner working and underbelly of the family rears it's head as each one blames his or herself for their current plight and stories come to mind from the past.

This was t alwys an easy story to read - it's so grippingly realistic.
Apr 06, 2014 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, chick-lit, 2014
This is a tough book to read. I felt for Jen and her suspicions at the start, but loved how she stepped up to protect her family even as she finds out bad things, she forgives instantly. You have to wonder if the forgiveness is because of the situation, that had her life not imploded would there been a bigger blow up.

I loved how the family pulled together, how everyone did what they could to protect the others, even knowing when things were bad. I was very surprised by what we learned about Jen
Apr 09, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
Shelves: crime
"House of Glass" which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is a chilling and tragic story about an affluent family held hostage in their basement. Living in a lovely home in a Minneapolis suburb, no one would ever suspect that the Glass household is splintered by rebellion, betrayal, and trauma from the past. When two criminals break into their home, steal nothing and don't leave, the Glasses are forced to face the truth, that this is not a normal robbery and that their lives are in danger. Clinging ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Tonyalee rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2014-read
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
Jun 17, 2014 Alejandra rated it liked it
Jen Glass is your average suburban mom who has a perfect home, two kids and a great husband; but things are not what they seem, since her marriage is quite fragile, her husband is unemployed, her teen daughter barely talks to her and her five year old just doesn't talk at all. One evening, as the family is settling into their routine, two men force themselves into their home and take the whole family hostage for over 48 hours. The Glass' must now rely on each other, set differences aside and com ...more
The Baking Bookworm
Mar 13, 2014 The Baking Bookworm rated it really liked it
** This book review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Harlequin MIRA and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

My Review: Over a year ago I reviewed another book by Sophie Littlefield called Garden of Stones and was quite impressed with Littlefield's writing style and ability to pull the reader into her story. Needless to
Goodreads Description- Bestselling author Sophie Littlefield delivers a riveting, ripped-from-the-headlines story about a family put to the ultimate test when two men take them hostage inside their home. 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 ...more
Ashley Ersek
Jun 08, 2014 Ashley Ersek rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. House of Glass is a thriller about a home invasion in Minnesota. The Glass family seems to be perfect, but on the inside, everything is falling apart. I enjoyed how everything was revealed. The plot kept me very interested. The author did a really good job of forming the characters and making each character their own. I like how it was based on something that happened in real life. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers. It would be a good bo ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
A read-in-one-setting kind of book. I was immediately captivated by Jen Glass and her family and, of course, the hostage situation and setting. One of the most poignant parts for me happened outside of the house and to one person who escapes - however briefly. The way the world encounters and treats this character was so real so as to be almost painful. It made me wonder about the things I ignore because I'm too busy to pay attention to them. Very well done, with characters and a storyline that ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Tonya rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Bestselling author Sophie Littlefield delivers a riveting, ripped-from-the-headlines story about a family put to the ultimate test when two men take them hostage inside their home. 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 daugh ...more
May 04, 2014 Maryellen rated it it was amazing
It was a day like any other in the Glass house situated in the affluent neighborhood of Calumet in Minneapolis. Jen Glass and her recently unemployed husband Ted were at odds over some home renovations. Their fifteen year old daughter Livvy was locked away in her bedroom brooding over some boy. Teddy, their five year old son who suffers from selective mutism (a condition in which a child who CAN speak stops speaking) was watching his favorite TV show. That was the last time that there was anythi ...more
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Sophie's first novel, A BAD DAY FOR SORRY (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2009) has been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, Barry, and Crimespree awards, and won the Anthony Award and the RTBookReviews Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Mystery. Her novel AFTERTIME was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Horror award.

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A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY (Minotaur, 2010)
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