I wasn’t prepared for what was to come in House of Glass by Sophie Littlefield. It took my seemingly stable emotions and thrust them into this chaotic nightmare along with Jen Glass and her family. I was expecting a story about Jen Glass’s five year old son, Teddy, who recently became mute, and refused to speak to anyone outside of his immediate family. I expected to read of a marriage barely clinging to life as a result of Jen’s husband, Ted’s job loss and sudden secrecy about what he did with his free time, which left her consumed with financial and emotional burdens. I expected to read of the painful realization that the little girl who once held Jen in the palm of her hand, was growing up and shoving Jen out of her teenage world more and more each day.
Of course, all of those issues were there, but just as you became more aware and wanted to delve deeper into them, the author pulled you into a terrifying home invasion.
The home invasion was performed by two men, Dan and Ryan, who knew entirely too much about the Glass family for it to be a random event. Was this done just for money, or was there something deeper? Was Ted’s suddenly secrecy to blame, or was Jen’s recently deceased father coming back to haunt her?
The storyline seemed familiar, and I was constantly replaying a memory of a story I had read in the news about a home invasion that took place a few years ago in Connecticut. It carried many similar scenarios, such as the money, the teenage daughter, but the ending didn’t end up being nearly as tragic as the real life events turned out to be.
The story scared me in a way because I have an immense fear of a home invasion happening to my own family, however unlikely that may be. I felt like this was a great read and carried me through the chapters full of anxiousness, though at times I had a feeling of what would happen next. I would definitely recommend this book.
Lindsay Yocum resides in California with her 5 year old firecracker daughter, Bear, and her hilarious husband. She spends her free time traveling, baking, ruining DIY crafts she finds on Pinterest, and running, when she isn’t nose deep in a book.
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