House of Glass

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Pub Date Aug 06 2024 | Archive Date Aug 20 2024


“Wow, I loved this one so much! I didn’t want it to be over because I was enjoying it so much, but I couldn’t stop turning pages! House of Glass is a gripping thriller that was packed with surprises and compelling characters.” -- Freida McFadden

The next thrilling novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen, House of Glass.

On the outside they were the golden family with the perfect life. On the inside they built the perfect lie.

A young nanny who plunged to her death, or was she pushed? A nine-year-old girl who collects sharp objects and refuses to speak. A lawyer whose job it is to uncover who in the family is a victim and who is a murderer. But how can you find out the truth when everyone here is lying?

Rose Barclay is a nine-year-old girl who witnessed the possible murder of her nanny - in the midst of her parent's bitter divorce - and immediately stopped speaking. Stella Hudson is a best interest attorney, appointed to serve as counsel for children in custody cases. She never accepts clients under thirteen due to her own traumatic childhood, but Stella's mentor, a revered judge, believes Stella is the only one who can help.

From the moment Stella passes through the iron security gate and steps into the gilded, historic DC home of the Barclays, she realizes the case is even more twisted, and the Barclay family far more troubled, than she feared. And there's something eerie about the house itself: It's a plastic house, with not a single bit of glass to be found.

As Stella comes closer to uncovering the secrets the Barclays are desperate to hide, danger wraps around her like a shroud, and her past and present are set on a collision course in ways she never expected. Everyone is a suspect in the nanny's murder. The mother, the father, the grandmother, the nanny's boyfriend. Even Rose. Is the person Stella's supposed to protect the one she may need protection from?

“Wow, I loved this one so much! I didn’t want it to be over because I was enjoying it so much, but I couldn’t stop turning pages! House of Glass is a gripping thriller that was packed with surprises...

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Brilliantly written page turner by Sarah! If you've read any of her other books you know how she locks you in right from the first page and doesn't let go until the end. She'll have you second guessing yourself the whole way.

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Thank you, NetGalley for giving me early access to read this book. Honestly, I don’t really have the appropriate words to describe how well written this book was.

I went through most of this book thinking I knew exactly what was going to happen, I had NO IDEA. There was two big twists and boy, were they twists!

I can’t wait to see others read this knockout book because other thriller lovers are going to eat this book up!!! 😍🤍

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They appeared to be the perfect family; wealthy, gorgeous home and a nanny. But now the nanny is dead and the parents of 9 year old Rose are getting divorced. Did the nanny fall or did someone in the house push her? It is now Stella’s job to figure out who Rose should stay with but to do that.. she needs to figure out what happened to their nanny. Is Rose simply a witness to the death or could she have been behind it herself? In a “plastic” house, there are many secrets and lies to uncover and Stella can’t trust anyone. Not the mother, father or grandmother and maybe not even Rose. Someone doesn’t want her to uncover the truth but who’s lying and who’s protecting who?

I’ve only read Pekkanen with the books she co-wrote (and I devoured those books!) so i was super excited to dive into this one after receiving it as an ARC. I loved this book! It has just the right amount of thrill and truly leaves you guessing until the very end. Told from the perspective of Stella, you get a dive into her life and how she ended up where she is and why she’s the best person for Rose. It keeps your attention all the way through and wraps up the story so well at the end. With so many questions you need answers to; sometimes the ending can feel a bit rushed but the ending was heart racing while still wrapping up everything so well. One of the twists you kind of “expect” but the ins and outs of the entire twist is still something you wouldn’t guess. Highly recommend checking this one out when it releases in August of 2024! 4.5⭐️ from me, Pekkanen is quickly being added to the “short list” of my TBR. Thank you netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for this ARC! 🩵

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Everything you think you know, you don’t.

Good writing and plot with a creepy vibe. Intriguing characters and relationships. I enjoyed how the main story of determining a child custody case evolved into Stella, the main character, deciding it was finally time to solve the death of her mother. The intertwining of the two stories played well off of each other.

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Amazing book. It grabbed me by the throat and held me in its grip until the final page. The story lived up to the term psychological suspense that was unrelenting. The characters were complex and engaging. A very satisfying read.

I received an arc of this book and voluntarily provided a review.

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Thank you to NetGalley & St. Martin's Press for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

I read this book in one sitting. I'm not kidding- I started reading it around 8 PM and finished just before 2 AM. The plot was paced well and had me invested from the first chapter. I wanted to find out what would happen to Stella, Rose, and her family. I thought I knew where this book was going- and honestly, I wasn’t upset about it because the book was so interesting and creepy. The climax made my jaw drop, and the other twists that came about also left me stunned.

Reading this book from the POV of the main character- a best interest attorney who represents children- was super unique. I thought Stella was a fleshed-out main character who I could easily root for. My heart ached for her over what she's been through, and I can tell that she wants to work through her trauma- especially for Rose's sake in order to do a good job for her.

The other characters were also three-dimensional and easy for me to connect with. Even though Rose, the child, doesn’t speak, I was still able to understand her thoughts and feelings in every situation. Seeing how she interacted with Stella, her parents, and other characters was also fascinating.

Finally, learning about Stella’s past and why she is the way she is was heartbreaking but also really intriguing. That subplot was explored thoroughly, making it feel like you, the reader, were investigating Stella’s past. The climax of that was well done and made for a great read too.

This was a strong domestic thriller full of strong twists and turns. I highly recommend it!

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House of Glass is full of spine tingling suspense. Explore the maze of intrigue and surprises with heart pounding anticipation. This book will not disappoint. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher.

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I loved this book! I read a lot of mysteries, and this one was slightly unique in a very refreshing way - it felt like a classic "who dun it" but with a real human/psychology lens into a family dynamic. And the main character, who becomes a detective of sorts, has her own journey and trauma she is working through as well. The human element to this mystery is what I loved most about it; it wasn't written to shock with dramatic twists and turns, but rather to intrigue and provoke thoughts around the REASON why characters may act the way they do, and how their life experiences have impacted their actions and behaviors. 10/10, one of the best books I have read this year!

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I am a sucker for a good thriller, and I just so happened to be in my murder mystery mood when I received this book.

This book was a page turner and kept me on my toes, I could not put it down until I figured out what happened.

It's rare for a me to finish a book in one setting but lucky enough, this book pulled me in.

I highly recommend this book! And will most likely end up buying the hardback for my trophy self :)

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Every family member living in this large, eerie estate with no glass is a suspect of the nanny’s murder and it’s Stella’s job to uncover the truth about the family. A little girl, Rose, who has a lot to say but won’t talk draws Stella in. Stella has her own ghosts and can relate to this little girl in more ways than one. This tense thriller kept me on the edge of my seat and I kept me guessing until the very end.

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Sarah Pekkanen is an instant read, always. In House of Glass, Stella is assigned to help decide which parent young Rose should live with once they finalize their divorce. Unfortunately recent events has left Rose unable to speak and this sparks uneasy feelings of Stella’s childhood. 5/5 stars for short chapters and keeping me turning page after page.

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