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House of Glass: A Novel by Sarah Pekkanen
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House of Glass: A Novel (edition 2024)

by Sarah Pekkanen (Author)

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"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 moretroubled, 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?"--… (more)
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Title:House of Glass: A Novel
Authors:Sarah Pekkanen (Author)
Info:St. Martin's Press (2024), 352 pages
Collections:Net Galley Snag, Kindle, Your library, Currently reading
Rating:*****
Tags:2024 50 BOOK CHALLENGE, Net Galley Snag, Kindle

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House of Glass: A Novel by Sarah Pekkanen

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If you miss this mystery-psychological thriller of a novel you will be sorry! House of Glass kept me captivated from beginning to end. I don't even want to go into a synopsis of this novel because others will have done it better but suffice it to say it's a page turner and DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!!! In fact it invigorates the reader to ignore real life (laundry, cooking, work, chores etc.) in order to finish in record time. Seriously, I could not stop reading and begrudged any moment I had to not read it. If you love complicated, in depth psychological thrillers this book is for you. Highly, highly recommended! 5 solid stars.

Many thanks to Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for a chance to read a Kindle ARC version of this un-put-downable novel. Cheers to good entertainment! ( )
  erinclark | May 27, 2024 |
Stella Hudson is an attorney who represents children in custody cases. She is a somewhat damaged individual as the result of a traumatic childhood, but the one constant support in her life has been attorney now judge, Charles. When he asks her to investigate the case of nine year old Rose Barclay whose parents are battling for custody, she is reluctant because she usually does not deal with children that young. However, she takes on the task because it is Charles who has asked.

There is something very amiss in the opulent Barclay home where the nanny, who was impregnated by the husband, jumped or was pushed to her death. Everyone is a suspect and when Rose who exhibits traumatic mutism (as did Stella when she was a child) is discovered to be stowing away pieces of glass and other weapons, suspicion falls on her as well.

I have always liked Pekkanen as a writer. In this well plotted story, she creates a strong atmosphere of suspicion and foreboding. The characters, even the minor ones, are well developed. Fast paced, it is an engrossing, suspenseful read with twists, turns, and surprises.

Thanks to #netgalley and @stmartinspress for the DRC. ( )
  vkmarco | May 20, 2024 |
TWISTED ! Get ready for a rollercoaster ride with dark tunnels and blind curves. I thought I knew, thought I got it right, I was so sure. I wasn’t I never saw that ending coming, never ! It’s so hard to review this without spoiling the story. it was really two stories in one, double fun.
There was a death, and then there was a divorce, and a custody battle. Seems normal right ? Wrong. These people are off center, way off. Secrets, lies, manipulation, more lies, and a child that is different to say the least.
The MC who was representing the child in the custody battle had her own closet of darkness that slowly opened that added another level of Eeeekkk to the story.
Excellent pacing, well written characters and a wicked twisting. ( )
  TheYodamom | May 1, 2024 |
Review of Uncorrected Digital Galley

Nine-year-old Rose Barclay collects broken shards of glass and other sharp objects. She never speaks.

Guardian ad litem Stella Hudson, a child advocate lawyer, has a particular expertise in working with teen-agers. However, her friend [and father figure] Judge Charles Huxley, has asked her to accept Rose as her client.

Was Rose responsible for pushing her nanny, Tina de la Cruz, through a third-story window? And if she did, why would she kill the nanny she supposedly loved?

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The mystery of Tina’s death lies at the heart of this psychological thriller. Stella’s own past plays into the solving of the mystery surrounding the nanny’s death and Rose’s subsequent mutism. Strong, nuanced characters help the reader negotiate the ins and outs of the many dark secrets in this unputdownable tale.

Although a bit creepy at times, the plot twists and turns are so unpredictable, so intriguing that they keep those pages turning at breakneck speed as readers try to put all the clues together. Although both Stella and Rose have heartbreaking trauma in their lives, the unfolding story’s primary focus lies with the family relationships.

Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers, tales of families affairs, and puzzling mysteries will find much to appreciate here as the evolving story leads to a denouement most readers simply won’t see coming.

Highly recommended.

I received a free copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
#HouseofGlass #NetGalley ( )
  jfe16 | Mar 30, 2024 |
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"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 moretroubled, 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?"--

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