White is known for her beach books of the summer. This time the readers are
given a more contemporary story line with a little history, in The Night The Lights Went Out. It is a
different kind of story. It is one full of gossip, blogging, and the secrets of
a small town.
Talbot Dunlap has recently divorced her ex-husband and is ready to start her
life a new in Sweet Apple Georgia. She and her kids move into a house on Sugar Prescott’s property.
Sugar has lived there forever and is not keen on starting a friendship with
Merilee. Yet circumstances seem to throw them together anyway. Her kids start school at a private school her
ex-husband’s parents paid for Merilee begins a friendship with one of the
mother’s Heather. She works on her committees and their daughters become
friends. There is also this mysterious blog that seems to chronicle closely
Merilee’s life since her divorce. It also questions her relationship with
Heather. Who is this mysterious blogger? Is Heather the friend that Merilee has
hoped for? Or is there more going on?
enjoyed this story. It is different from the past Karen White summer books. The
author does have two story lines going which is the norm. The second storyline
is more about Sugar’s past, and not a story that merges with the present.
Readers’ hearts will break for Merilee and her circumstances. Karen White
creates a lot of tension for readers as they read this story. I found myself
flipping pages because I wanted to know how it would end. One part of the story
was a little predictable for me was the role of Heather’s character, in the
plot. It is a juicy tale with an ending you would not expect, especially when
the identity of the anonymous blogger is revealed.
next book will be once again with her writing sisters of Beatriz William and
Lauren Willig. It has been hilarious listening to them discuss what the title
will be. My personal favorite is The Memory of Air! Purchase The Night theLights Went Out here.