Sunday, April 27, 2014

House of Glass by Sophie Littlefield

4 Star

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.

Sabrina-Kate - 4 Star

House of Glass was a fast paced, incredibly engrossing novel about a family taken hostage in their own home. The story had a lot going on because of the actual events taking place but there was also a lot of underlying tension and emotions that brought about interesting actions on the part of the characters involved- especially between the parents.

Sometimes I felt like I was being taken away on a tide of uncontrollable action that was like a runaway train. I was so pulled into the story that I wanted to do anything I could to help this poor family but obviously there was nothing I could do which felt frustrating and made me almost anxious. The story obviously had a great impact on me because I even felt some physical reactions to what was going on while reading it.

Despite not having a lot of outside descriptions of other locations to use to tell the story House of Glass did not grow stagnant or dull at any point. The interactions and point of view of the characters were all so unique and well written that you couldn't help but be completely drawn in. 

Unsettling, suspenseful and almost creepy and upsetting at times, this book was a great read for anyone into this genre.

Thank you to Harlequin MIRA for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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