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Friday, April 25, 2014

House of Glass by Sophie Littlefield

Release Date - March 2014

Sophie Littlefield
Harlequin MIRA

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

From outward appearances, Jen Glass seems to have it all. She is the proud mother of two, she and her family live in an upscale neighborhood, and she has a strong marriage. Outward appearances are not everything, however. Her laid-off husband is acting secretive, and she fears he has been cheating on her. Her daughter is showing signs of rebellion. Her son suffers from selective mutism and speaks to very few people, generally his family only. 

Things take a horrifying turn when two armed men come into Jen's house and hold the family hostage. These men do not seem intent on stealing anything, they're simply there and want the family out of the way. Trapped  in the basement with no cell phones, no way to contact the outside world, and no understanding of why the men are there, Jen and her family must push their personal issues aside if they are going to survive.

House of Glass keeps you on the edge of your seat. The reader is left clueless as to why Jen's family is the one that is attacked. Her daughter, her husband, and even Jen herself all seem like likely targets, so it becomes a question of why are the armed men there. I had my suspicions, but I wasn't even close. Usually, I can figure out the end of a mystery far in advance of the final chapter, but this one had me puzzled. I loved that.

There is very little romance in this story, something I'd expect of a Harlequin MIRA, but that didn't  matter. Instead, House of Glass delivered a pretty solid suspense story that I felt compelled to read in one sitting.

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