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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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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.
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Sammi
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.
Kacunnin
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
Elaine
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
Dawn
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
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Donna
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.
Victoria
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
Ashleigh
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
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Cheryl
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
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Terri
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
Amber
"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
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Gloria
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.
Amy
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
Baleigh Menuey
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
Jill Madsen
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.
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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
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April
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.
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Darcy
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
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Wendy
Apr 09, 2014 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Tonyalee
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
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Alejandra
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
Thebakingbookworm
** This book review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca).

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
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Gina
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
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
Michelle
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
Maryellen
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
Lucy
Have you ever watched the TV show Hostages? (Don't bother is you haven't it's compulsive watching, but generally rubbish). There are certain elements of House of Glass which remind me of Hostages.

Obviously they both have a hostage type situation, there is also a hell off a lot going on in each of them which doesn't really seem like it matters that much to the plot. It's worst in Hostages because you know why the family are being held hostage, and therefore the extra bits are basically padding. W
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Julie
This book was so intense and captivating, I read most of it in one setting. Take the horrific scenario of a home invasion and the superb writing of Littlefield and you get a phenomenal novel. I was engrossed by the story of the Glass family as they endure the terrifying threats made against them in their own home. But the victims aren’t entirely innocent, and Jen, her husband Ted, and their children Livvy and Teddy have to come to terms with their own flaws to survive their ordeal. I found the c ...more
Harlequin Books
"TOP PICK! This is a book that you'll be unable to put down once you start, so carve out some time. Littlefield makes the terror so real in this story of an upper-middle-class family that you'll fear for the characters as if they are people you know. Jen is a woman who wants everything to be perfect on the surface, and her emotions here are so visceral you'll feel like you are living the nightmare with her. Littlefield exposes this family, warts and all, and makes them so authentic that the stor ...more
Sharon Mcalister
This is the story of a family of four who are forced to endure a brutal home invasion. Locked in their basement in the dark, each member of the family can think of reasons why he or she may have caused them to be the targets of this crime. As the reader, you cannot help but to try and figure things out. The book is fast paced and highly readable. The story holds your interest until the end. My hesitation in not giving this book five stars has to do with its familiarity. It is somewhat reminiscen ...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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