Dec 4, 2015

Book Review: The Sound of Glass by Karen White

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... a Southern family’s buried history, which will change the life of the woman who unearths it, secret by shattering secret. 

Book beginning:
Beaufort, South CarolinaJuly 1955
An unholy tremor rippling through the sticky night air alerted Edith Heyward that something wasn't right. Like a shadow creeping past a doorway in an empty house, or the turn of a latch on a locked door, the movement outside Edith's attic window raised the gooseflesh along her spine. Her breath sat in her mouth, suspended with anticipation as icy pinpricks marched down her limbs. 
Page 56: 
"...I have no idea what you were thinking just showing up on my doorstep expecting to stay with me."
My comments:
4.5/5 stars. The issues of domestic violence are addressed in this novel. I had reservations about the idea of it being carried on from generation to generation, being passed on like a defective trait. The question of nurture versus nature is controversial and made me think about it, reading this novel. 

The character Loralee made me weepy in several parts of the book, and is one of the very likeable characters created by the author. She made the book more than worthwhile.


Title: The Sound of Glass by Karen White
Published May 12, 2015 by NAL
Genre: Southern faiction
Source: personal library

11 comments:

  1. That beginning is really tense. It sounds like an intense story. I am spotlighting both and alternate history book - The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty - and a thriller - She Can Kill by Melinda Leigh - today. Happy reading!

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  2. I loved this book, and I am also intrigued by the issues. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “WHERE WE BELONG”

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  3. I really liked this book, and I think unless a previous generation is able to break the cycle, this is something that can be passed from generation to generation. There has to be a break in the chain that is seen, acknowledged, and accepted by not only the generation immediately affected, but by those that come after and have witnessed the chain in the first place.

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  4. You mention the tendency being passed from generation to generation. That is true in many cases. Not a light rread but sounds interesting.

    My 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/12/04/the-friday-56-87-shadows/

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  5. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, it sounds like an interesting and thought provoking novel.

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  6. I have mixed feelings about reading this one. I love the basic blurb and the sound of both teasers you shared but I don't love the generations of domestic violence. Since you enjoyed it so much I'll definitely have to give it a try.

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  7. I love the cover and have lots of beach glass too. The subject is very heavy, so I'm not sure about reading it.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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  8. Being a survivor of domestic violence this may be hard for me to read.Some find it empowering. I am not some.
    Happy weekend!

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  9. That's a thrilling beginning! I think I just might read this one :D

    Our BB

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  10. That beginning is very strong.

    Though I believe that there are indeed biological causes for a lot of violent behavior, I do not think that there is evidence that it is directly passed down through genes.

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