Expected publication: October 8th 2020 by Next Chapter
About the Book: 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?
Each chapter’s focus alternates between the various family members and introduces several new and familiar faces with a vested interest in the outcome. As each hour ticks by, the remaining siblings and their mother gradually reveal what’s happened to them in the preceding months, and when the blackmailer makes an appearance at Olivia’s birthday party, the truth brilliantly comes to light.
Although everyone seemed to embrace the healing process at the end of Watching Glass Shatter, there were hidden cracks in the Glass family that couldn’t be mended. Their lives are about to shatter into pieces once again, but this time, the stakes are even higher. Someone wants to teach them a permanent lesson and refuses to stop until success is achieved.
It has been awhile since I read Watching Glass Shatter, so it was fun to visit with the Glass family again. This is one dysfunctional family. From the blurb you can tell that keeping secrets is still causing problems with this family and that they are about to bubble to the surface. Olivia is really trying to be a good matriarch and bring the family back together. I do like her character (much better than I did the first book) but until she comes clean, there are going to be problems. I enjoy how Diane is trying to keep her sister on an even keel. The brothers are trying to get along, but there is still anger, mistrust, jealousy and fear getting in the way. There were times I wanted to reach into the book and smack them upside the head.
The story is told from multiple POVs and includes some flashbacks that fill in situations between what is happening and what brought them to this point. When six different characters all have reason to believe that someone is threatening or blackmailing them, you know this is a family that needs some honesty and a lot of healing.
The writing is wonderful as I have come to expect from James Cudney, and the characters were very well developed. I was not sure what was going to happen next until the final scenes unfolded. A family drama that added much to the Glass story that began in Watching Glass Shatter. If you enjoy family dramas with secrets and dysfunction, then pick this one up, it will have you quickly turning the pages to see what is going to happen next. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
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About the Author: James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College, an historic but small liberal arts school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with a degree in English literature and minors in Education, Business and Spanish. After college, I accepted a technical writing position for a telecommunications company during Y2K and spent the last ~20 years building a career in technology & business operations in the retail, sports, media and entertainment industries. Throughout those years, I wrote some short stories, poems and various beginnings to the “Great American Novel,” but I was so focused on my career in technology and business that writing became a hobby. In 2016, I refocused some of my energies toward reinvigorating a second career in reading, writing and publishing.
Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind and my body. At some points, it was just a few poems or short stories; at others, it was full length novels and stories. My current focus is family drama fiction, cozy mystery novels and suspense thrillers. I think of characters and plots that I feel must be unwound. I think of situations people find themselves in and feel compelled to tell the story. It’s usually a convoluted plot with many surprise twists and turns. I feel it necessary to take that ride all over the course. My character is easily pictured in my head. I know what he is going to encounter or what she will feel. But I need to use the right words to make it clear.
I write in the family drama and mystery genres. My first two books are Watching Glass Shatter (2017) and Father Figure (2018). Both are contemporary fiction and focus on the dynamics between parents and children and between siblings. I’m currently writing the sequel to Watching Glass Shatter. I also have a light mystery series called the Braxton Campus Mysteries with six books available. All my books come in multiple formats (Kindle, physical print, large print paperback, and audiobook) and some are also translated into foreign languages such as Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and German.