The Night the Lights Went Out

  • by Karen White
  • Narrated by Carolyn Cook, Susan Larkin, Tiffany Morgan
  • 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling 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.

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Try Flight Patterns or The Sound of Breaking...

...Glass first if you haven't read any of White's fiction. Those two were excellent.

White’s books that are listed in fiction (rather than romance) are always a good read. This one was too but less so than some of her others. After you’ve read a few, you realize she has a kind of formula (though it’s a more interesting and complex formula than, say, romance novels) though with this novel, she veered slightly from it. Personally, I think she read Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies.

The sense of place that’s always so strong in her novels was a little lacking here. I missed that. Also it was a more suburban setting than usual.

On the upside, her main younger female character (Merilee) was less prickly than usual. As per usual, the older/elderly female character (Sugar Prescott in this novel) had both an interesting front and back story. In this case, much more interesting than Merilee.

There were enough characters, layers to peel back, secrets to be discovered, mysteries to be solved, that I was not bored and always wanted to keep listening.
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- NMwritergal

Karen White is back and in good form!

Yet another fantastic character study of Southern life from Karen White. I was immediately drawn in by her wonderful descriptive personality assessment of each character. Ultimately the protagonist is easily guessed but the journey to reach the revelation is quite enjoyable. As always, I couldn't put her book down.
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- grace hoffman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio