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Hiding Cracked Glass (Perceptions Of Glass Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08F3YWTYX
- Publisher : Magnum Opus - A Next Chapter Imprint; 1st edition (October 8, 2020)
- Publication date : October 8, 2020
- Language: : English
- File size : 3683 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 286 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #841,472 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Book II focuses on Olivia’s birthday celebration when the entire family (four boys and their extended families) will gather for her party. There is a lot to digest in this story with multiple characters, diverse lifestyles, the ups, downs and heartaches of the surviving four Glass sons. All of them in their own way are coming to terms with their father’s death and the loss of their younger brother Ethan (the major player in Ben’s shocking secret), and each brother has his own secret as well as quite observable personal imperfections that they anguish over.
Early in the story, we learn an important fact: prior to Olivia’s impending birthday celebration, the boys know nothing of the secret that their father kept from them and their mother for decades, and that their mother still keeps under wraps. But a new letter - one sent by a blackmailer - makes it imperative that Olivia reveal the truth. She racks her brain to try and deduce who would want to extort money from her and why. The Glass family is very well to do. Inheritances are in the millions and someone wants his or her share. But only a few people knew Ben’s secret, and it seems unlikely that one of them is an extortionist.
In a shrewd plot device, the name on the blackmailing envelope delivered to the house on Birthday morning is smudged - no first name is legible, and the last name of Glass is all that gives a clue. Soon paranoia infects a few of the boys who believe that they are the targets of the extortionist, and not necessarily Olivia. What transpires during what was to be a happy celebration is akin to an Agatha Christie whodunit - or if you prefer film references, a “Knives Out” family intrigue.
There is warm emotion in this book, as well as a lot of soul searching and desires for redemption on the part of the characters. There are also some surprise elements about who is involved in the extortion plot, but no bombshell revelations that make you go “Wow.” Instead, all the pieces fit neatly together and there is a coming together of empathy, compassion, and good deeds that make this family drama endearing.
Cudney, a prolific writer and fiction craftsman, lays out the story in hourly increments, heightening the suspense, and deepening the mystery. He also employs Flashbacks that give us important details about each character’s place in the story and that flesh out all of the complexities of their lives. This sequel is good as a stand alone, so if you haven’t read “Watching Glass Shatter” you will not feel uninformed or left with unanswered questions. More likely, you will want to read Book I, and look forward to another book in the Perceptions of Glass family saga.
I loved Watching Glass Shatter. I loved Hiding Cracked Glass a crack of shattered Glass even more.
Eager and impatient to read the third book in Perceptions of Glass series. Jay, please hurry!
In the first book, a secret remains a secret, though the reader knows. Now, in the second story, a letter is delivered that threatens to rip the family apart. Each family member has their own set of problems and private lives, even as they are a cohesive family. But will the contents of that letter shred any desire to remain close-knit? After reading Watching Glass Shatter, I had hoped for a follow up story to learn how this family, with their true-to-life existence as a whole would keep from falling apart.
Cudney has the ability to create characters so real I felt I could speak to them. Each family member has a distinct personality while disagreeing, yet holding to family values. Almost. The character of Olivia Glass, the matriarch, is incredibly structured and complex. She must relinquish her role as head of her now grown family if they are to make meaningful lives for themselves. Likewise, Olivia must make a new life for herself, all the while being concerned for her four remaining sons and their significant others, and hoping the criminal element doesn’t seep too deep among them. This is not a simple family saga. Far from it. The criminal element enters their lives, threatens the family’s very foundation, and left this reader on the edge of the chair.
Both of the stories in this series could be likened to a modern-day Agatha Christie, with all the attendant mind-numbing mystery and suspense that keeps the reader gasping and turning pages. Where Christie’s setting may include rooms full of antiques, heavy velvet drapes and vintage clothing, Cudney’s stories include a mansion replete with all the modern-day trappings, including servants. (No, the butler didn’t do it.)
Hiding Cracked Glass rewarded me with a peek at how this family put itself back together following one tragedy after another. But there is yet more that I would love to see follow up with another story. I would encourage that since Hiding Cracked Glass in only the second story in the series, the reader jumps in from the beginning and first reads Watching Glass Shatter. While both are stand-alone stories, the two stories mesh seamlessly.
Top reviews from other countries
After reading Cracked Glass and getting to meet the family, so to speak. I was delighted when the sequel was recently released.
The narrative begins eight months after the death of patriarch Ben Glass – a time of grieving and healing. However, the author James Cudney takes the Glass family through a whole range of new conflicts and emotions, including further deception.
All of the characters are interesting and well developed, but above all they are realistic, as James develops their individual personalities to perfection.
This is a well written, powerful sequel with yet another quirky unforgettable title.