Review: Watching a Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney

Watching a Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney
Watching a Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney

Watching a Glass Shatter has to be one of my favourite books I’ve had the pleasure to read this year. James Cudney took a multitude of complex characters, each having a story in their own right, and assembled them together into a multiplex, page-turning family drama.

The story begins with a nervous Ben Glass, patriarch of the wealthy Glass family. He left envelopes and very specific instructions with his lawyer in the event of his death. A caring, loving and well loved father and husband, drawing the reader in to wonder what kind of secret could he possibly be hiding that he is so terrified of sharing when he is alive?

Olivia, his wife, is one of those meddling, critical, difficult to like characters. She is devastated by Ben’s death, and even further distressed after reading the contents of her envelope. The shocking secret is regarding one of her five grown sons, and worse, she does not know which one.

Olivia decides to spend some one on one time with each son, only to learn there are even more shocking secrets in the family than she ever could have imagined.

Watching a Glass Shatter is an emotional journey for Olivia and the reader. It made me laugh and cry, and once the story got rolling, I found it hard to put the book down.

Along with Olivia, the matriarch of the story, each of the sons were well written, believable and well rounded out characters. The reader was able to know each of them on a personal level along with their individual struggles and problems.

As difficult as she was to like, I enjoyed watching Olivia come into her own, becoming a much more likeable and happier. She learns to overcome devastating loss and heartbreak and move to acceptance.

Beautifully written, Watching a Glass Shatter is an intricate story of struggle and personal growth that I highly recommend reading.

Check out Jay’s  blog This is My Truth Now. Jay writes daily posts and always has something interesting and fun to say.

To learn more about Watching Glass Shatter, Jay has a website dedicated to the Glass family, including updates and sample chapters. You can find that here.

Jay is currently working on his second novel, Father Figure, due out March 2018.



6 Replies to “Review: Watching a Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney”

  1. Jo-Ann, you are a treasure. Thank you so much for this wonderful review. I am incredibly grateful you took the time to explain all about Olivia — she’s a tough character! But I’m honored you read the book, and wrote this heartfelt and truly kind review. Thank you very much! I’m sharing it on my blog this weekend and on my author website!


    1. Thank you so much! It’s great to see you too! I’ve been AWOL for a while, just wasn’t up to even looking at my blog. Feeling better the last week, though, which is awesome! Chat with you soon! 🙂 ❤


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