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House of Glass [Format Kindle]

Sophie Littlefield

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Bestselling author Sophie Littlefield delivers a riveting, ripped-from-the-headlines story about a family put to the ultimate test


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 are to 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 both the lengths a mother will go to protect her children, and the power of tragedy to teach us what truly matters.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 291 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0778314782
  • Editeur : MIRA; Édition : 1 (1 mars 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Scary Good! 25 février 2014
Par Julie Merilatt - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
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 characters relatable in their fallibility, and the two perpetrators are utterly detestable. Littlefield doesn't shy away from violence, and the fear and hopelessness she conveys on the page are palpable. As the situation in the Glass house becomes more desperate, the intensity increases to such a degree that I found myself gasping aloud. This is one of the scariest books I have read in a long time because the plot is so plausible (Littlefield based her story on the Cheshire, Connecticut case from 2007). The idea of being endangered in your own home, the one place you feel safest, is horrifying. Littlefield did an amazing job making it realistic, brutal, and addicting.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 HOUSE OF GLASS is a spell-binding page-turner 5 mars 2014
Par Bookreporter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Jen Glass keeps a notebook filled with her to-do lists to tally up her obligations, such as parents' association meetings, volunteering at her children's schools, meetings with the speech therapist who is working with her four-year-old who quit speaking to anyone but family members the year before, and so on. Today, her to-do list sets forth an hour to tour the apartment in which her father recently died and another half hour to deal with the funeral home. As she and her older sister, Tanya, accomplish these tasks, they muse on how disconnected they've felt from their father, who they haven't had any communication with for nearly 30 years. Jen can't help wondering why they are even bothering to look at his home as she takes in the dismal apartment in which he passed away. That night, she has her recurring nightmare featuring a screaming red bird.

The next day, as she approaches her home, dread fills Jen. Her husband, Ted, has been laid off from his job. Supposedly he is remodeling their bathroom, but his progress has been ridiculously slow. In addition, she has found flirty notes penned by his cute, young assistant from his previous job and doesn't feel that she can confront him about them or his frequent poorly explained absences. In truth, she feels that her marriage, once so strong, is unraveling. That, coupled with young Teddy's problems with speech and a growing distance from Livvy, their teenaged daughter, is sending Jen into a blue funk.

At home, Jen can't help looking in the laundry basket and wondering what Ted, who never helps with laundry, did with his dirty clothes from the day before. Has he hidden them or thrown them away? If so, why? Yet Ted doesn't seem to be covering anything up as he greets her and then warns her that he damaged the floor and wall when he moved the old tub out of the bathroom. Jen is overwhelmed at the sight of the destruction, along with everything else in her life. As she allows Ted to comfort her, she in turn reassures him when he confides that he feels inadequate as a provider. Jen reminds him that, luckily, they have a considerable emergency fund in the bank. Surely, she says, they can weather this interlude until he finds more work. She wonders how she could have doubted him, although she soon has an uneasy feeling about him once again.

A couple of days later, Jen confronts Ted, which leads to a disagreement. Their discussion is interrupted by a knock on their bedroom door. As Jen heads to open it, she worries that Livvy has heard them arguing. Those concerns instantly vanish when she opens the door to find two strange men with her children --- one holding a gun to her daughter's head. Soon, Jen and her family are being held hostage in the basement. The intruders seem to know all about Jen and her family, although they are strangers. How can this be? What unleashed these criminals on the Glass family? An even more urgent question emerges as things start to go south in the most nightmarish way: Will Jen and her family actually survive?

Sophie Littlefield’s HOUSE OF GLASS is a spell-binding page-turner (I devoured it in two rapt sittings). I was immediately pulled into Jen's life, and then into the terrifying predicament she found herself enduring. While certain revelations about Jen's experiences as a girl seemed oddly timed (and possibly even unnecessary), this felt like a minor flaw in an otherwise gripping read.

Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Falls Short 26 août 2014
Par Karie Hoskins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
I chose “House of Glass” as a summer read – something to get lost in for a bit while sitting in the sun. My expectations weren’t too high given that – but this book still fell a bit short.

There are several holes in the plot – some plot points that make suspending disbelief a difficult exercise. The events in the book are loosely modeled on the horrific home invasion in Connecticut in 2007. (The mother in the book even has the same name as the main character in this book.)

Here – an “average” suburban family has their lives turned upside down when two men invade their home and hold them hostage. Things get even worse from there and several dark family secrets are revealed in the process.

The criminals seem, well, criminally stupid. They seem not to have thought at all about disguising themselves, or keeping the family from items that might help them escape. Their reactions when one of the family members does escape seems ludicrous at best. One of the men, Ryan, is supposed to be the more dangerous one – but comes across as just incredibly annoying in addition to being irritatingly stupid.

When given charge of the hostages, he loses control of the situation by letting them into the kitchen. The kitchen that is filled with tools and knives and heavy objects…

"No, I didn't let them have the run of the place," Ryan snapped, mocking Dan with a reedy falsetto. "Livvy had to take her brother to the bathroom and I was getting drinks. She threw of coffeepot at me. I'm supposed to know she's going to throw a coffeepot at me?"

This sounds like a husband and wife spat – with Ryan as the wife irritated at the behavior of the guests. He's holding grown hostages in a kitchen - with knives/things they can fight back with and he's put out that he got hit? And later…

"Ryan noticed blood on his own shirt. "Aw, man..." He tore off the shirt, wiping his hands on it before throwing it into the corner of the room. Underneath, his chest was white and hairless." Did I get it on my pants? Jen, do I have any on my pants?" He turned around, looking over his shoulder.” Not only is this a ridiculous image - him trying to look at his own rear - he's asking the wife of the man whose blood it is and he sounds like a naggy, whiny, dainty teenage girl.

There are some moments in “House of Glass” that show some insight into the lives of the people under attack. "Ted wasn't who he used to be. But the problem was that he seems to have lost track of who he was supposed to become." And: "Jen hesitated, wishing she could keep the truth from her, that she could send her daughter back forty-eight hours into the fairy tale of Before, into the dumb luck good fortune of the life they never appreciated enough."

But those moments of insight are far and few between. This book was more irritating than engrossing…with villains that didn’t inspire much fear or suspense and main characters that seemed more ink print than flesh and blood.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Heartbreaking, intense and brutal, but so good. 25 février 2014
Par Tonyalee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
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.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An edge of your seat read. 13 mars 2014
Par The Baking Bookworm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
** 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 say, I was eager to request the chance to review Littlefield's House of Glass.

This was definitely a suspenseful read but starting out I was a little concerned that a book which took place mainly in one small location may get stagnant but Littlefield had me on the edge of my seat in quite a few situations and didn't let the pace lull in the least. I think that having the setting based in the family's home, the one place where you'd think you'd feel safe and protected, helped take the creepy factor up a notch too.

This isn't just a suspenseful read though. Littlefield has added a layer of family dysfunction into the mix. Each member of the Glass family has their own issues that they're trying to deal with and because of these issues Livvy, Jen and Ted each have their own idea of why they've been taken hostage in their own home. I liked being able to piece this mystery together alongside the protagonists and enjoyed seeing how assumingly small incidents can morph into something so much bigger and dangerous than anyone could imagine. I, of course, had my own thoughts as to why the perpetrators were in the Glass' home but I was proven wrong as Littlefield tauntingly pieced the story together for me.

The characters felt authentic which really helped round out the read for me so it was easy to get behind these characters as we witness their world falling apart. I also liked the fact that the characters aren't angels in their own rights. Each of them has their own baggage that is brought to the forefront when their family home is invaded and the reader slowly gets to see the fractures in the Glass family.

The only criticism that I have about this book is that I just didn't quite believe the point of view of four year old, Teddy. I have a four year old nephew and I just can't imagine him going through the thought processes that Teddy had during the invasion. Teddy's maturity level seemed older than his four years at certain times and then much younger in others. For awhile his viewpoint takes precedence and it was my least favourite part of the book and I think that's because I don't think Littlefield took his situation far enough.

This was definitely an edge of your seat read for me. With diverse characters, a creepy feel this was a book that I had a hard time putting down. The fact that this story was based on a real case that occurred in Cheshire, Connecticut in 2007 was the icing on the proverbial cake for this mystery/suspense lover.

My Rating: 4/5 stars
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