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. Read more...
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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
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-01-27
- Reviewer: Staff
In this solid, if sometimes overwrought, domestic thriller from Anthony Award–winner Littlefield (A Bad Day for Mercy), Jen Glass can tell something isn’t quite right in her marriage to Ted, who had a good job in finance until he was laid off, but it’s hard to concentrate on that when she’s trying to cope with 15-year-old daughter Livvy’s increasing surliness and four-year-old son Teddy’s selective mutism. But all attempts at keeping up the crumbling facade of perfection come crashing down the night two men force themselves into the Glass’s suburban Minnesota home. In what could be seen as an extreme version of marriage counseling, Jen and Ted—along with the terrified Livvy and Teddy—are forced to air their grievances while being trapped at gunpoint in their basement. Readers may guess the overall trajectory of the family’s internal—and external—dramas, but Littlefield is adept at character development, so even the familiar is nuanced. Agent: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (Mar.)