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The Sound of Glass

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  20,291 ratings  ·  2,373 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of A Long Time Gone now explores a Southern family’s buried history, which will change the life of the woman who unearths it, secret by shattering secret.

It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward’s husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news—Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal’s reclusive
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by NAL
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Sarah Estell No way will I answer that question. Read the book. You won't be disappointed.…moreNo way will I answer that question. Read the book. You won't be disappointed.(less)
Anna Marie The reason behind Cal's behavior to Merritt will definitely make you think. It's a really good story, enjoy.…moreThe reason behind Cal's behavior to Merritt will definitely make you think. It's a really good story, enjoy.(less)

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Carmen Blankenship
The Sound of Glass

Karen White quite simply never gets it wrong. Storytelling seems to be as natural and breathing air to her and I for one will never miss a book she puts out. The Sound of Glass of one of her best.
The book blurb does a great job of explaining what the book is about so I won't recap the book chapter by chapter for you. What I will tell you is that you best forget the laundry, the dishes, dinner, or any other chore that you had planned on doing today because Karen White will be
Diana | Book of Secrets
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by Karen White that I've read, and you'll have to excuse me while I gush over it. Wow! The story and characters were outstanding, and they pulled me in right away.

Merritt is a widow, and she inherits her late husband's grandmother's home in Beaufort, South Carolina. There are a lot of surprises awaiting her there, including a brother-in-law she didn't know about, and a reunion with her estranged stepmother, Loralee, and 10-year old half-brother, Owen. And the secrets! Dar
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Yes, it's me. And I am first going to get through the important stuff, like ... you know... the shiny, thick hair.. darling, for crying out loud, you should know it is hair extensions... tumbling down the leopard-print silk, full make up ... uhummm ... actually, the eyeliner and eyebrows was tattooed on, cute figure, cute skirts and cute clinging t-shirts, pretty toes with dark pink polish, gorgeous pair of legs, that pretty pink suit with a bow at the collar ... and ... oh yes ... f
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy of The Sound of Glass. Three strangers with interconnected secrets come together in an old mansion in South Carolina. They all live under unresolved dark clouds which slowly get cleared up as the story progresses. I have a tolerance for the occasional sentimental and somewhat formulaic novel if the story, characters and setting pull me in. And this is what I was hoping for in The Sound of Glass, but it missed the ...more
Kelly Ingram
Apr 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry to say that the Sound of Glass resembled more the sound of grass growing. The pace of the book was excruciatingly slow with bits of folk wisdom thrown in and endless similes - in fact it was like being stuck in a traffic jam as cars slow down to look at a wreck. Add in the Journal of Truths being recorded by one character with such profound bits like "Only quitters quit" and you're left with something better suited to a Lifetime movie. The story dealt with the very serious subject of d ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Southern families and families with secrets.

After her husband died, Merritt le​ft their home in Maine and headed to South Carolina to Cal's grandmother's home​ that she ​had inherited​. Little did ​Merritt know that ​her husband, Cal, never told anyone about her, and she didn't know anything about his family.

Grandmother Edith's home is a huge mansion where ​​she ​kept secrets locked up inside herself and in the attic. The death of Edith's husband had an enormous impact on her life for more than
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, chick-lit
I fell in love with the characters in this story. I found myself thinking about them during the day. I loved Loralee, she made me laugh at times. I recommend this one for fans of chick lit. I plan to read more by Karen White.
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2015
I've read a few books by Karen White now and the one thing I've come to expect from her is a well-told story. I've rated her books from 3-5 stars but they have all been good from start to finish. Her newest one, The Sound of Glass, is no exception. I was completely taken in by it from the moment I began reading it. Love, relationships--some good, some bad, power of forgiveness, and the strength to move on. That's what this book was in a nutshell. I liked the characters, especially Loralee. A wom ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book moved incredibly slow and I really struggled to finish.
The beginning did grab me with the airplane explosion. The mansion that Merritt inherited was an intriguing setting for a story and there was the mystery of the suitcase. That part I liked.
BUT, I just could not stand Loralee, her step mother that ends up moving into the mansion. She was incredibly irritating. I can't relate to a woman who focuses so much on outer appearance, it's a trait that I find shallow and unappealing. Should
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
A perfect southern fiction book! With some romance, family secrets, idyllic setting, and great characters the Sound of Glass was an engrossing read. It captures the power of forgiveness and the strength to move on. Karen White is a great author! Highly recommended if you don't mind reading a 400+ page book with lots of descriptions. 4 stars!

Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think I found a new favorite author....Karen White. I absolutely loved the writing in this. It was eloquent and there were many layers to the descriptive quality. And something I've never done before, when I finished this, I started it again. I was sold and hooked from the beginning and I was completely prepared to give it 5 stars. But there were some things in the middle that dragged a little. So, I'm torn between 4 an 5 stars.

The story had great characters. Strong and southern was well repr
Judy Collins
A special thank you to PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Love the stunning front cover!

THE SOUND OF GLASS by talented Karen White is an emotional multi-generational southern Gothic tale of mystery, secrets, crime, guilt, abuse, and lies; mixed with humor, wit, romance, and much needed healing.

No one can tell it better than the "southern queen"--buried secrets, history, and mysterious attics. When all the secrets come to the surface, someon
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: southern-lit
I love a good story and I love the South. So, this one was ripe for the picking.With a tightly woven plot and characters easy to relate to, this one was a page turner. By turns poignant,funny,mysterious and charming, South Carolina is the backdrop for this family drama.
Merritt, widowed after seven years of marriage. Coming to terms with her past is not on her to-do list. So when she finds she has inherited her late husbands' grandmothers' family home in South Carolina, she embraces the opportu
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book! The author's descriptions and character development were flawless! I could actually visualize everything and that's a rarity. This book read easily and engrossed me completely. ...more
Lori Elliott (semi-hiatus)
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, Karen White has created another southern fiction winner. Loralee was a wonderful character who exemplified a sassy 'southern lady'... and Beaufort was a perfect choice in settings, personifying all the natural beauty of the SC Coast. Another novel that southern fiction fans will relish. ...more
Apr 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy, dnf
I received this eARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’m almost hesitant to even write a review of this book because it was a big DNF for me. I started this a couple of days ago and just could not get into it. I tried again today and just could not get past the characters. I was really disappointed because it sounded like an interesting plot but it just didn’t capture my attention. I’m kind of baffled at the 4.83 rating on Goodreads. Surely I’m not the only one who just couldn
A story of how a dark past that can't stay hidden, interjects itself into the present no matter how well hidden. The sins of the father. Hope and faith help to break a chain of violence that starts generations before. Great characters that play off each other well, even though they are polar opposites. Good narration that added to the time and place in the South. ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two years after the death of her firefighter husband Cal, Merritt Heyward leaves her Maine home to take possession of a rambling old mansion left to her husband. Cal had steadfastly refused to talk about his origins, leaving his widow with no idea about Cal’s late parents, younger brother, or the reclusive grandmother, Edith Heyward, who left him the sprawling estate in the Carolina Lowlands. Likewise, Merritt had never confided in him how she’d broken off with her airline-pilot father when he’d ...more
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Merritt moves from Maine to South Carolina when she inherits her late husband’s grandmother’s estate. Loralee is also a new widow; her husband, Robert, was Merritt’s father. Loralee sells their Georgia home and, with her son, Owen, heads to Merritt’s to establish a family connection that’s been missing.

This is pretty typical Southern chick lit, with family secrets, damaged psyches (which will be healed with “Mama’s sayings”), scenes intended to produce tears and an unexpected (by the character
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: made-me-cry, audible
This is (I estimate) a 6-12 kleenex book. It is also an intensely uncomfortable yet cathartic tale.

I usually am not a big fan of domestic melodramas, which this book definitely is. I also tend to avoid books set in the Deep South as they tend to celebrate the beauty of the culture, and gloss over the big warts of Southern life.

That being said, this is a deeply affecting tale with engaging characters that pop off the page. (Well, in my case, they popped off the audio.) The multiple narrators and
Carol Brill
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it

Thank you, NetGalley for an ERC of this book. An easy, and at times, slow beach read with enough suspense to keep me turning pages until the end, mostly to learn the secret at the heart of the story. . I have enjoyed other novels by Karen White. This one was peppered with Over-drawn, cliche characters and mostly predictable plot points and romance. The redundant hints about an illness and the central mystery about a suitcase and letter a grandmother hides, found me repeating over and over, I got
I love southern literature especially when it is set in the Lowcountry where I live. This was a well written story about a Beaufort, SC family and the secrets they had. It was heart warming and full of wisdom. I loved Lorelee, she will be an unforgettable character for me and will make me smile for a long time to come.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by Karen White that I've read, and I don't understand how she has not been on my radar before this. This was a mesmerizing story with strong, outstanding characters that hooked me and pulled me in right away. Merritt is a recent widow, who inherits her late husband's grandmother's home in Beaufort, South Carolina. This is the first surprise for Merritt as she has no idea that Cal had any family anywhere, little own a brother who is still alive. Then there is the arrival of ...more
ReadAlongWithSue [Catching-Up]
A character driven story that Karen White writes so well.
A family based story and historical family discoveries that affect the now and the future.

I warmed to this story effortlessly and found it near on impossible to put down.

Each character has their own uniqueness that you can’t help but warm to, yep, even the ratty one!

Highly recommend to those who love a family with secrets.
Yukari Watanabe
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a NetGalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

I really hate to give a bad review when I chose to read an advanced copy, but I have to be honest. This novel annoyed me very much and I couldn't wait to finish it.

I know I'm supposed to be sympathetic to these women who are abused by their husbands including protagonist Merritt. I'm not against that kind of chick-lit and I usually enjoy it, but this novel is too formulaic and overdone to be believable.

Loralee irritated me so much I n
Susan Crowe
This was an exceptional book! I believe I shared more quotes from this book than any other book I've ever read. Don't attempt this book without an entire box of tissue. 5++++++ stars!!! ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It started off with a mysterious plane crash in the 50's and continues through today. It is about the families involved, the abuse of the women(not graphic) in their marriages, and brings us to today. It is about letting it go and moving on. The protagonist, Merritt, has inherited a house in SC through her husband's family. She goes south to start a new life and to heal some old wounds. Also enters her southern stepmother who has quite a wide range of "wisdom" ...more
joyce g
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have spent a great deal of time in Beaufort, S.C. long before it became kind of a cool place where the homes were all brought back to life. It has a charm that gets inside a person, I loved this novel for bringing that beautiful place to life. A lovely story full of healing and hope.
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This was my first book by a seemingly prolific writer. The Sound of Glass was definitely not a horrid book and it was definitely not a wow. Admittedly, it held my attention steadfastly to the end but I knew the ending quite early as the plot was very predictable.

Further, I had no empathy for one of the major characters (Merritt). The book is written through the voices of Edith (long deceased but a silent sufferer from an abusive marriage), Merritt (full of emotional baggage and a stubborn, self
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With more than 1.8 million books in print in eight different languages, Karen White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 23 novels, including the popular Charleston-set Tradd Street mystery series.

Raised in a house full of brothers, Karen’s love of books and strong female characters first began in the third grade when the local librarian issued her a library card and placed The

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