Published by Penguin Publishing Group on 2015-05-12
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The Sound of Glass is signature Karen White with a little mystery, a little emotion, and a link from past to present. While vague in the first half, there are just enough clues that make this one predictable in an anticipatory way.
Secrets, lies, and suspense fill this book of a complex family dynamic of being a stepparent and second wife. Karen White always delivers a wonderful trip through the South with her settings, which place the reader up close and personal in her stories. The Sound of Glass is no exception. The articulation of the events and the vivid color with which White uses to portray her characters enabled me to easily visualize each character and their surroundings. Some seriously grim topics of domestic abuse, cancer, and familial dysfunction fill the pages from the very beginning. While that may seem like a very dark portrayal of this book, White manages to keep the mood and tone very light throughout the novel. Being from the South, there are so many euphemism’s that I’ve heard all my life, so the dialect and setting were like revisiting my childhood in a lot of ways.
The Journal of Truths touched my heart and gave insight to Loralee’s true character. However, I didn’t initially see Loralee as the strong person she eventually turned out to be. I don’t mean that Loralee grew in character, she didn’t. But my initial reaction to her was not good at all. I didn’t like her or the way she appeared so shallow, which I imagine is the same way that Merritt viewed her. About midway through the book, my mind changed about this woman.
It’s not only ghosts who haunt us. Our memories follow us through life, surprising us now and again when we are forced to turn around and look behind us.
Loralee’s views on Merritt’s plain-Jane appearance and her ideas that make-up and dressing a certain way are necessary to capture a man’s attention were off-putting. I didn’t immediately understand her ultimate goal regarding Merritt. Loralee was wise for her years and proved to be an exceptional mother to Owen with her Journal of Truths showing just how caring and wise this woman really is and how wrong our initial perceptions of someone can be. Sometimes we just want someone to feel good about themselves in any way it can be accomplished. I always feel a little better after dressing up and putting on makeup, but it doesn’t mean I feel bad about myself without those things. I don’t believe the author was portraying Loralee as a shallow enough person who thinks that way, either, but it was what Loralee knew as a quick-start for Merritt. As opposed to many other reviewers, Loralee turned out to be my favorite character in the book.
Everybody carries their hurts in different ways, but everybody’s got them. Everybody. Some people are just better at hiding them.
The story is told in both first person and third person as it follows the stories of these three different women who are linked across the generations through secrets and lies that guide Merritt’s character and enable her growth into a whole person again. The connection between these women is strong and none of whom realize they depend on the other, even though Loralee and Merritt have never known Edith in life. The reveal toward the end regarding Edith’s actions and secrets wrap up the story nicely and validate a multi-generational sisterhood between Merritt and Edith.
There are times when fear needs to be in the driver’s seat. The best learning and growing happens when wisdom is won from pain.
While the predictability of the story and characters was vague, yet anticipatory, the predictability still was there and combined with the pacing of the story, it was lacking a bit of the luster Karen White usually has in her books. I was underwhelmed in some aspects of this book, but I was affected and apprehensive by the details in a few of the scenes, and the Journal of Truths is very much my favorite piece of this book. Intriguing in its mystery, themes, and a touch of romance; I was considerably pleased with The Sound of Glass and recommend it to those who enjoy a little romance and mystery in their reading.1