The Night the Lights Went Out

The Night the Lights Went Out

eBook - 2017 | First edition
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"From the New York Times bestselling author of Flight Patterns comes a stunning new novel about a young single mother who discovers that the nature of friendship is never what it seems ... Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It's not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a new beginning aren't helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail. Merilee finds some measure of peace in the cottage she is renting from town matriarch Sugar Prescott. Though stubborn and irascible, Sugar sees something of herself in Merilee--something that allows her to open up about her own colorful past. Sugar's stories give Merilee a different perspective on the town and its wealthy school moms in their tennis whites and shiny SUVs, and even on her new friendship with Heather Blackford. Merilee is charmed by the glamorous young mother's seemingly perfect life and finds herself drawn into Heather's world. In a town like Sweet Apple, where sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilee's house, appearance is everything. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women ..."--
"From the New York Times bestselling author of Flight Patterns comes a stunning new women's fiction novel about a young single mother who discovers that there's no such thing as the perfect neighbor, and that finding out who your true friends are is the most important lesson of all. After a newly divorced mother of two moves to an affluent Atlanta suburb with her children, she becomes involved in the secrets and scandals lurking behind the façades of the seemingly perfect families who live there ... secrets that someone would kill to keep hidden"--
Publisher: New York :, Berkley,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451488398
Characteristics: c

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Jul 23, 2020

This book is one interesting subplot wrapped up in an incredibly cliched and uninspired larger story. Sugar's story was quite compelling, and I found myself skimming the majority of this book just to read the chapters with her flashbacks. Merilee's story, on the other hand, was beyond unimaginative, just a tired trotting out of dull stereotypes, particularly with Heather and the plot "twist" at the end.

Although the book is well-written, it feels like the author couldn't commit to what kind of story she wanted to write or to her characters. There's a lot here that could be actually engaging if it were better explored. As is, however, this book is a surface level read with a perfectly neat ending and a refusal to spend any real time with the ideas it raises.

Aug 08, 2018

This was an okay book. I pretty much had the crime and instigator figured out about half way through, so it was predictable. A little long to read through, but still a good read.

Jun 13, 2018

A good beach read! A bit predictable but the relationship between Sugar and Merilee was well thought out and written. The twist at the end was a surprise.

May 22, 2018

I found it rather dragged along until about 3/4 of the way into the book. The first part did introduce the characters but I guess I found it to be predictable with the high society character.
I did enjoy the history that was brought in with the life of the 90+ year old woman and the interaction with the main character.

Apr 10, 2018

Like all Karen White's books, this one was definitely a page turner. I enjoyed every minute of it and was surprised at the ending.

Dec 15, 2017

Better than a "chick book", the author came up with some interesting characters, gave them a little development, and devised an interesting plot. Too bad I figured out the identity of the "mean girl" halfway through the book, instead of at the end.

Nov 10, 2017

Karen White's novels keep you turning the pages for more. They are hard to put down once you have read the first couple of chapters and have begun to feel like you personally know her main characters. The depth of her characters can make you feel that way! This particular novel took me on an adventure that I never would have expected. Great read!!!

Jul 04, 2017

This is the first book I have read by Karen White and wow, was it great! I love stories based on the south but add a little mystery/suspense in there, whew! Merilee is thrown into single-parenting after her husband cheats on her with her daughter's teacher. Merilee and her two children move into a cottage owned by Sugar, a true southern belle. Each woman has secrets in their lives and the more they are around each other, the more they tell. Merilee is thrown into a social circle in which she is not familiar and the people she thinks is her friends, are not. Merilee is accused of many things by people that are not her friends but an anonymous social blog has people thinking and the truths come out after she is accused of murder. Things are just not as they seem. You just have to read the book because the twists in "The Night the Lights Went Out" are well-written and well-played out. This will definitely not be the last Karen White book I read.

Apr 19, 2017

This book was an absolute delight from start to finish. Karen White knows how to weave a story filled with interesting characters, a distinct setting, and a web of secrets and lies. A fantastic story of second chances, secrets, friendship, love, and a reminder that things aren't always what they seem.

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