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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, everythinBestselling 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 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. Sophie Littlefield shows considerable skills for delving into the depths of her characters and complex plotting. South Florida Sun-Sentinel...

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House of Glass Reviews

  • Laurel-Rain
    2019-01-29 18:18

    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 father's life. He had left them years ago, and their mother had died shortly afterwards. There are no sentimental memories for Jen.Her own life, back in Calumet, is arranged the way she likes, with a beautiful home, handsome husband Ted, and two beautiful children, Livvy, a teenager, and Teddy, a preschooler.But there are niggling doubts about how perfect her life really is. Ted has lost his job, Livvy has become more and more belligerent, and Teddy has stopped speaking.So when Jen returns home, after dealing with her father's things, she is hoping to start putting her world right again. Suddenly, out of the blue, Jen and Ted's world crashes down around them when intruders break into their home and hold them captive. For 48 hours, nothing at all is under their control, and the author shows in excruciating detail how wrong their world has become. Frightening and heart-pounding, House of Glass reveals the inner thoughts of the characters as they suffer through the horrendous experiences.But then, from some hidden place inside, where memories of the past were locked, Jen found the strength to take action.How did their world turn upside down? Who or what brought the evil into their home? How did the events of those two days bring the past back into Jen's memory, helping her reconcile the past with the present? And how would she begin again? The characters were flawed, but relatable, except for the perpetrators, who were pure evil. I would definitely recommend the book for those who love thrillers, and I enjoyed how the past informed the present. 4.0 stars.

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2019-02-11 16:21

    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. Ted is unemployed and Jen suspects him of indulging in an affair, Livvy has become a surly teenager and five year old Teddy is a selective mute, refusing to speak to anyone outside of the immediate family. These stressors, added to the recent death of her estranged father, has Jen feeling particularly vulnerable at the moment when 'Dan' and 'Ryan' storm into their home. She can't help but wonder exactly why, and how, these strange men came to target her family and are privy to personal details. Though determined to keep her family safe, she feels powerless as the crisis worsens and she has to consider they may not survive.The pace is compelling and the tension is high from the first moment the men appear in the doorway of Jen and Ted's bedroom. It continues to increase as things begin to go wrong and the Glass's grow ever more desperate to escape the clutches of their hostage-takers. While I admired the intensity of the story I didn't feel that the characters were developed as they could have been. The family dynamics were a little superficial and in particular I felt I didn't know Jen well enough to understand her thoughts and actions, aside from her base motivation to protect her family.House of Glass is a story of betrayal, of desperation and ultimately of survival. Inspired by a reported home invasion that took place in Connecticut in 2007, Littlefield dramatises a horrifying event that every family fears, creating a page turning thriller.

  • Sammi
    2019-01-28 13:57

    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.

  • Kathy Cunningham
    2019-02-16 18:21

    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 into their home on an otherwise ordinary Thursday, the Glass family is forced to confront not only the horrors of the home invasion, but also than their own demons. Why did the intruders target the Glass family in the first place – could it have anything to do with Livvy’s boyfriend? Or is Ted to blame for decisions he made which have come back to haunt her? Or does it have something to do with buried secrets in Jen’s past, secrets that won’t stay buried for long?Much of this novel seemed very familiar – there have been a number of TV movies over the years about home invasions, including a few that followed this same formula. The bad guys keep the family imprisoned in their home while they force Jen to go to the bank and withdraw funds from her money market account. You can pretty much guess that things don’t go as planned. You can also guess that the younger of the two intruders will have the hots for teenage Livvy, that Ted will be unable to stop himself from fighting back against the gunman who’s threatening his daughter, and that little Teddy’s inability to speak will come into play big time. And as expected, Jen will rise to the occasion and prove that she’s stronger than she ever thought she was (think Jodie Foster in “Panic Room”).While there’s nothing new here, it’s not a bad read. Jen is a likable heroine, and her own family background – her abusive and destructive father, who she hasn’t seen in 30 years, has just died, and she’s been having trouble re-connecting with her sister – forms an interesting counterpoint to the immediacy of the home invasion. Livvy is a strong character, too, willing to risk everything to help her little brother. But I honestly anticipated just about every plot development before it happened, and I found myself flashing back to any number of Lifetime movies as I was reading. I was also a bit bothered by the suggestion here that someone (other than the gunmen) was to blame for what happens to the Glass family. For much of the book, Livvy, Ted, and Jen all worry that something they did may have brought these men to their home. By the final pages, it becomes clear that one them is to blame, even if not intentionally. And that seems unfair. The only ones to blame for the horror that descends on the Glass family are the two men who kidnap them at gunpoint. If you like Lifetime thrillers with predictable characters, HOUSE OF GLASS will not disappoint. There’s plenty of action, and the good guys win out in the end. But don’t expect anything original, different, or challenging in either the story or the characters. This is a predictable thriller that will seem comfortably familiar. [Please note: I was provided a copy of this book for review; the opinions expressed here are my own.]

  • Gloria
    2019-02-13 16:09

    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.

  • Elaine
    2019-01-22 17:13

    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 to need to pull together if they are to survive.It is a very gripping story, one which kept me turning the pages and one of the biggest questions I had was “Why did they get targeted?” . When I did finally learn how it happened it sent quite a chill down my spine, as it all seemed so plausible and normal.I was disappointed though with some of the inconsistencies in the book, particularly those to do with events surrounding Jen’s father Sid. There is a back story which goes back to when Jen and her sister Tanya were young. We are told most of it fairly near the start of the book and then return to it at the end, but there are too many inconsistencies, as if the author forgot what she had written earlier, and this really brought the book down a notch or two. Apart from that, I really enjoyed the read.

  • Baleigh Menuey
    2019-02-11 16:16

    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 police. He does but his mom doesn't listen and she just comes to the house. She is then also held hostage with them. The two men come downstairs and the trip them and somehow get one of the guns. The mom shoots the younger man and the aunt stabs the older one. The younger man dies right away and the older man is just injured. After awhile the mom takes the knife and stabs the older man, and he dies. The three of them escape and policeman found the little boy and came to the house. They 4 of them lived happy and safe after that. I loved this book, certainly a book I could get myself into. I would highly recommend this book.

  • Dawn
    2019-02-19 17:53

    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 their hands on as much of the money in the Glass's considerable savings as they can. While they pursue this criminal goal, they make many rookie mistakes and manage to become at odds with each other over how to treat and hold their hostages. Kid gets lost, shots are fired, desperation ensues on both sides and tragedy is inevitable.Of course, there is a back story, though I was never really satisfied that the explanation for who these random thugs were was made clear.Quick read but can't say I was ever invested.

  • Ashleigh
    2019-02-10 19:19

    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 book, that she never really answered the question that she posed to the readers: why choose the Glass's for a home invasion? Every character had a theory, and although one made more sense than the others - it didn't really piece together at the end. Perhaps I missed it; I was fairly eager to finish. Though, you'd think if you made the connection such a vital part of the story, you'd spell it out a bit more obviously. I could express my disappointment in many more words, but really, I need to start searching for a book that makes up for months of not reading.

  • Donna
    2019-01-28 22:16

    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.

  • Jill Madsen
    2019-01-30 19:54

    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.

  • Isabelle
    2019-01-21 16:55

    Really emphasizes the importance of home security and "stranger danger." As an older sister myself, I can totally understand Livvy telling Teddy to run even though as a reader I think it's an unnecessarily risky move considering how vulnerable he is. And wasn't it just great that it all resulted from Dad's thoughtless complaints to a stranger?

  • Mary Reed
    2019-01-28 19:00

    OMG! What a great book. I couldn't put it down. This is the kind of book I love to read. One that grabs my attention from the beginning and holds it to the end. At first I thought Ted hired the guys to rob them, but I was wrong. Going to read Sophie Littlefield's other book Garden of Stones next.

  • Connie
    2019-02-20 16:17

    This book was ok, I read a lot of her books and enjoyed all of them especially the Stella Hardesty book series but this is definitely not one of my favorites.

  • Sheila
    2019-01-30 20:57

    A family is held hostage in their own home

  • Lorraine
    2019-01-23 14:22

    This book was a page turner and kept me reading. But it lacked details. A good read.

  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    2019-02-13 16:02

    ** 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

  • Gina
    2019-02-12 21:22

    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 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. Sophie Littlefield shows considerable skills for delving into the depths of her characters and complex plotting. South Florida Sun-SentinelI bought this book because it was recommend by Goodreads based on what I was reading on my contemporary fiction shelf. It looked like it would be a good book based on the description. However, the writing was immature and repetitive. The plotline seemed to go nowhere for most of the book. The ending was quit dull. I was annoyed that Teddy's, the brother, selective mutism was never explained nor explored and I feel that the author could have done a better job looking at that part of the story in more depth. I have read much better novels in this vein of plotline. Littlefield comes off as a first time writer and a not very good one at that. I am sorry that I spent money on a paperback version of the book. I based my decision to buy the book on the good looking book cover and book flap description but the story just didn't hold up to the standards of much better contemporary fiction writers out there. I read the first 200 pages but after that I just couldn't stand the repetitiveness and pretty much skimmed the rest of the book because that's all that was really required to get the gist of the plot. This was a generous 2 star book. I would recommend finding another author who can write a story with more meat to her story and a more enjoyable story in general. 2 stars.

  • Tonyalee
    2019-02-16 16:10

    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.*A copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

  • Wendy
    2019-01-27 19:21

    "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 to hope Jen and Ted begin to face their darkest secrets as they struggle to survive and protect their children. This is a story of courage, unconditional love, and forgiveness amid fractured relationships, tragedy, pain and fear.The plot is fast-paced and emotionally intense as secrets from the past collide with the present. Jen, Ted and Livvy Glass confront their worst demons seeking the truth behind their confinement; each one tortured by a hidden secret. The story explores a mother's need to protect her family, to cleanse the bitterness and apathy from her marriage, and to resurrect her relationship with her daughter. Messages about valuing what you have and not taking your family for granted are strong within the context of the narrative.The characters are fascinating and realistic as they deal with criminals who've torn their lives apart. Jen Glass is a perfectionist who's set in her ways and doesn't realize the true worth of her family and home until danger stalks her family and strips her bare emotionally. In contrast her sister Tanya is tough, feisty and fearless; strengthened by an abusive past. Ted Glass a laid off global management consultant struggles with the guilt of an addiction and a sense of defeat. Instead of Jen and Ted battling their problems together their marriage begins to fracture under the strain of criticism and feelings of insecurity and failure. Livvy Glass is a rebllious teen who has distanced herself from her parents. She's prickly, sensitive and hostile, yet protective and loving with her brother. Teddy Glass is a sweet, innocent boy with an inability to communicate because of selective mutism. The criminals in the story are terrifying. Dan is a calculating, dangerous con man, while Ryan his partner is an unstable sexual predator; both heartless and deadly. Although I felt the plot was well-developed and riveting, I could only connect with the core characters superficially because their personality traits seemed patchy and undefined.Yet, the story is captivating from beginning to the end. I recommend it for its depth of realism, stark honesty and terrifying probability.

  • Maryellen
    2019-02-19 19:14

    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 anything “normal” in the Glass house. Two men have invaded the home of the Glass family and have taken Jen, Ted, Livvy and little Teddy hostage. Dan, the older of the two despicable men, is calm, collected and focused on the job. Ryan, barely older than a teenager, is a loose cannon who can’t seem to keep his eyes off of Livvy. Both men are utterly terrifying. And worse, these men know things about this family that only someone in the family should know. Things that the Glass family have been trying to hide.It seems like every member of this family is hiding something. And every member of this family believes that this home invasion must be their fault. That, in itself, is something that broke this reader’s heart. Jen is trying to leave behind a past that she’d rather not relive. Livvy has made enemies at school who have some unsettling connections. Ted has been secretive about where he’s been spending his time. And Teddy, he’s just a child. An innocent child.This book is intense and terrifying. Based loosely upon the true story of the Petit family of Cheshire, Connecticut, where in July of 2007 two men invaded the family home and murdered all but the man of the house, Dr. William Petit, HOUSE OF GLASS grips you from the very beginning and won’t let you go. There are scenes that had me shaking with anger and fear. This book is best read during daylight hours. Definitely not at night. And not alone.This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Littlefield. I intend to follow her writing closely. She’s got my attention.4.5 Stars

  • Tea Time with Marce
    2019-01-22 22:10

    From my blogI 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 being held hostage in their own home, a whole family, good neighbourhood hmmm. It brings up the question, do we really pay attention to family, friends, neighbours, maybe a couple of days, no. Initially I was shocked and loved it, thought the first half of the book was strong. Once I found out why they were chosen and they weren't professionals, it went downhill for me. Terrifying intruders with opposite personalities became a risk for all, not only having to watch the family but not trusting each other is where it all fell apart. Again, should have added tension but just seemed weird and out of place to me. Survival was the goal and I was waiting for the parents to make some decisions but the teenager daughter seemed to think for all, what a way to mature. I was waiting for the motherly instinct to kick in and was just let down. I think I just had expectations that unfortunately just were not met. I also enjoyed the story of the 4 year old, he has selective mutism. How this came together throughout the story was always 'something' that just didn't make sense to me.The climax normally would have been brilliant for me, violence and the unexpected taken all the way, great stuff. Again for me I was just over the story by then and didn't believe, I put the parents and intruders in the same category, dumb. Am I being judgmental, absolutely. I would try another by Sophie Littlefield, this one just didn't work for me.

  • Tonya
    2019-02-11 16:12

    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 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. Sophie Littlefield shows considerable skills for delving into the depths of her characters and complex plotting.--My thoughts. What starts out as very interesting, and you wonder, ok who could have messed up and who could they be here for? Jen, Ted or Livvie? You will find out by the end, but it does become predictable. You might enjoy the ride if you like predictability, but if not then you are going to be bored to tears. This has been done before, generally. Nothing new on the scene really, home invasions seem to be the thing these days, don't they? Common, which is sad. If you are a fan, you will probably enjoy! Happy reading.

  • Victoria
    2019-02-04 15:22

    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 what really lies behind the door's of a "typical" family. Superficially, the Glass family is doing well - they have a daughter and a son, but each has their own problems (teen rebellion, selective mutism) that mar this functional appearance. There are darker undercurrents running through the lives of each family member with secrets aplenty. All of this erupts into non-stop tension once “Dan” and “Ryan” barge into their home.The stress of their capture brings out the best and worst in each character. It's an engaging novel - with some genuine surprises woven into the plot. It feels authentic and moves at a fast pace. Jen, the mother of Livvy and Teddy, and wife to Ted serves as the main perspective, but each family member receives their moment in the sportlight to add to the overall narrative. Though I do wish that Ted’s perspective was more fully developed. My only complaint is that it is easy to become frustrated with Jen in particular. She isn't always easy to identify with and her inaction, wavering doubts and general indecision makes her the least sympathetic character for the majority of the novel - and the “surprise” in her character arc feels a bit much in regards to the rest of the plot. But, without a doubt, this is an interesting and exciting read. The entire situation keeps the pages quickly turning. I look forward to seeing what she will write next!

  • Lucy
    2019-02-12 16:01

    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. Whereas with House of Glass you don't know why the family were picked (you know to a level why they are being held hostage, but not enough), so anything which doesn't seem to be related to the family being held hostage could be a reason.They do seem both a bit contrived. Like there is too much going on for just one family. Everyone seems to have something bad going on, in the case of House of Glass only one of them is unlikely to be connected to the hostage situation. It feels a bit like there wasn't enough story so Littleford added extra plot lines to stretch things out a bit.They also both have a bit of the kidnapper's own story. It's something I like about both of them. In House of Glass it's told through the hostage's eyes, so you can never truly work the kidnapper's out. Having said that it was pretty obvious- at least to me- who had bought the kidnapper's to the family's door.It's pretty action packed and keeps you reading. I wanted to know the truth throughout too, but it wasn't the best crime book I've read, or the best thriller, or the best 'issue' book. The previous Littleford book I read was better, but then it was a bit more my type of thing, it's what made me want to read House of Glass.

  • Cheryl
    2019-01-25 15:08

     Another winner from a favorite author of mineAuthor 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 private space, where you think you are safest.Jen and Ted have a beautiful home in Minnesota. Jen has a successful job. Ted has been laid off from his job for a number of months and the strain is starting to show on their marriage. Teenage daughter Livvy is acting out. Young four year old son Teddy doesn't speak to anyone outside of the family. So , on top of all that, what would you do if two men forced their way into your house at gun point?This is a scary, suspenseful, timely thriller that spotlights family dynamics, the psychology of fear, and the lengths people will go to protect their loved ones.Be warned: there is strong language used and there are some scenes in the book that are probably not suitable for younger audiences.But this is a winner of a book and I recommend it to anyone that likes thrillers, that likes books that are on top of today's news and likes just plain good writing. Believable characters, strong plot, enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, and a killer ending.NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Julie
    2019-01-20 17:57

    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.

  • Amber
    2019-01-21 20:17

    "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 haven't been as close as they once were--Ted has been laid off, and seems to be taking his time in finding a new job so this has put a strain on their marriage. And then the unthinkable happens: two men with guns enter the house, taking them all hostage. One of the men seem to know who Ted is. But how? Will the family survive? This is what will keep you wanting to read on. Sophie Littlefield, the author, writes incredibly well. I'm not sure if this is a book you'd want to bring with you to the beach. I know as I read the book that I looked pained, plus I did keep shouting the aforementioned "Oh my God." This might have frightened the fellow beach goers. Still, it's an awesome book!

  • Stephanie A.
    2019-01-20 14:14

    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 does -- AND it all took place in my relative backyard of Minneapolis. Which, on the one hand, probably not a selling point when the story is about violent crime, especially as I just remembered there was a huge home invasion murder case there in summer 2015. On the other, this meant they talked about tons of towns and counties I know, making it easier than expected to visualize the locations.

  • Terri
    2019-02-10 17:59

    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 what is behind this. Did the husband set it up for insurance purposes? Did the daughter make someone mad who called in a gang? Did the mother do anything to make someone want to hurt her family? Why is this happening? As the invasion turns violent, the reader wonders what is really going on. I thought the book was very good until near the end when the author tied it all up in a fairly neat package. This is definitely not your regular summertime read ~ but it is read-worthy.