I’ve never been one to read a sequel without having read the prequel. Not my preferred reading tactic. So, when I volunteered to read/review Hiding Cracked Glass by fellow blogger and writer (and wearer of numerous hats) James J. Cudney IV, I’d decided to read both—decided, but then didn’t. I was curious to see if a sequel could stand on its own. You know what? It can.
Something I should share—I loathe tales/books that:
- stay within a tight timeframe (an afternoon, a day)
- provide an overabundance of different characters’ stories or perspectives.
Oddly enough, while Hiding Cracked Glass does both, I didn’t mind either, not one bit. In fact, the way the accounts intertwine and the events flow, it worked very well. There are a also few flashbacks that provide insight into what makes who tick: relationships (affairs, divorces, marriages), vices and illegalities.
A brief summary per our esteemed author:
An ominous blackmail letter appears at an inopportune moment. The recipient’s name is accidentally blurred out upon arrival. Which member of the Glass family is the ruthless missive meant for? In the powerful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, Olivia is the first to read the nasty threat and assumes it’s meant for her. When the mysterious letter falls into the wrong hands and is read aloud, it throws the entire Glass family into an inescapable trajectory of self-question. Across the span of eight hours, Olivia and her sons contemplate whether to confess their hidden secrets or find a way to bury them forever. Some failed to learn an important lesson last time. Will they determine how to save themselves before it’s too late?
Will they indeed? I won’t provide clues as to the outcome <he, he> but I’m sure, like me, you’ll find yourself riveted as the plot twists and turns through and around the intriguing characters. Olivia Glass is the matriarch, a strong woman, who knows that one son, now deceased, was switched at birth. Now, on the day of her birthday celebration, it appears someone has sent a menacing letter that speaks to revenge . . . a devastating letter that soon becomes known to all.
I rather enjoyed following Olivia’s attempt to unravel the mystery. Who sent the letter? Who might have shared the information re the son’s true lineage? What will transpire as a result? How will the family be impacted? I also liked the afternoon soap opera feel: every character has a story, history, a setback or dilemma. Life is not always designer champagne and long-stemmed roses, no matter how wealthy you are. There are cracks—imperfections—in these “Glasses”.
Jay’s come a long way. He’s always been dedicated and diligent—this is his ninth book in three years!—but he’s also someone who absorbs and applies what he’s learned. He’s always been a good writer, but with Cracked, he’s become a great one.
What can I say but a 5/5. Well done, my friend!
Please check out Jay at:
♦ Website: https://jamesjcudney.com/ ♦ Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com ♦ Amazon: http://bit.ly/JJCIVBooks ♦ Next Chapter: https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/james-j-cudney ♦ BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/james-j-cudney
. . . And a quick thank you to Shalini of digitalreadsblogtours.wordpress.com for organizing the blog-book tour. She’s done an amazing job.
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