Watching Glass Shatter


Fiction - Chick Lit
298 Pages
Reviewed on 04/13/2018
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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Watching Glass Shatter by James Cudney is the moving yet thrilling tale of one woman’s quest for answers and a way to put her family back together. Olivia Glass has everything, or so she thought. Married for forty years, when an accident takes her husband’s life, she tries hard not to fall apart for the sake of their five sons. But when the will is read, an earth-shattering secret is revealed. One of Olivia’s sons died at birth and her husband switched the baby with another without telling anyone, and he won’t reveal which one it is. Their attorney sets off on the trail to find the answers, and Olivia spends time with each of her sons and their families in turn before she is forced to reveal what could change things forever. It is then that she discovers each one of her sons has a secret of their own, and Olivia decides to pull herself together and save them. Secrets are never good, and some have the power to destroy. As the blows just keep on coming, can Olivia pull her family back together or is everything destroyed forever?

Wow! Watching Glass Shatter by James Cudney is an experience not to be missed. Page 1 drew me straight into the story and from there it was hard to put it down. I loved the way each chapter surrounded separate characters, rather than the story being jumbled together; it made it much easier to follow and it also allowed each character to be developed individually as well as part of a family. They say the devil is in the detail and, Mr. Cudney, you nailed it! I was left in no doubt as to who these people were, what each of them was battling against, and the development of both characters and story together allowed me to identify with each one. I absolutely loved this book. It’s the kind of story that makes you realize that what you see isn’t always what you get, that everyone has the potential to be hiding some deep and painful secret, and that you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Fabulous, looking forward to more from James Cudney.

Jina Bazzar

The moment I finished reading this book, my first thought was: There’s a bit of everything here – Mystery, romance and jealousy, betrayal and outrage, heartache and witty dialogue. It made for a complex, intriguing read.
The author shows us that ugly skeletons also live inside the closets of wealthy people, creating a drama with an intricate, though realistic twist that kept me thinking about it at odd hours of the day.

I didn’t like Olivia’s character. She was proud, bossy and controlling and rigid, and I disliked her from the first few pages. In fact, I liked Diane, the aunt, the most.
But as the story progressed, I understood the plot would have taken a different twist if the author had created Olivia any other way.
Olivia was a recent widow who wanted desperately to keep her family from falling apart after her husband’s unexpected death.
A woman with a brilliant life, a loving husband, and five intelligent sons, Olivia Glass was helpless to do anything as she watched her family break apart.
Her husband had lied to her for years, and her sons each hid a shocking secret, their lives far from what she had expected it to be.
“I know they love me. But will they remember me as a kind, generous, caring mother who nursed their wounds, blanketed them with kisses and offered them the keys to the world. Or will they remember me as the tough, controlling and impractical woman who simply gave birth to them?” – Olivia Glass
As Olivia tried to get closer to her sons, she stumbles upon the truths each had been guarding; secrets that lead her to question her ability as a mother.
As a mother myself, I inadvertently found myself wondering had I been in her place, what would I have done?
And it was this question that made me realize that Olivia was perfect for this story, her actions in perfect synch with the plot development.
As for the overview of the book, the language was easy, the characters understood, the plot and dialogue realistic. The title, ‘Watching Glass Shatter’ was a phrase that kept playing in my head every time a new twist was revealed.
I give kudos to James Cudney for creating this brilliant, character driven story.