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.
You ever hear the saying the one that talks about why certain people move to small towns and the one where there isn’t a such thing as secrets between fence lines?
Its that small town everyone knows everything but its the ones that want to get away that go there double meaning that Karen White captures in The Night the Lights Went Out.
I was really impressed by the honest realistic depiction of her characters and the layers that come along with them that she writes into the pages of this book. Its rare to get that sticky thin line thick water kind of density in stories like this because they never really feel genuine. White manages this so well that I had a hard time letting go of how emotionally tied in I became to the cast in this story.
Granted the uncovering secrets/mysteries angle wasn’t all that exciting or difficult to kind of get before the story comes to an end but its this authors character personalities that totally won me over.
I love the world, I love the people in it, I love the emotions and bonds between those who interact with one another. The Night the Lights Went Out is one of those books I highly recommend for the characters rather than the plot. I enjoyed it very much.
Krissy’s Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
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