Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It’s a place where reserved old-timers like town matriarch Sugar Prescott coexist uneasily with the wealthy school moms in their tennis whites and shiny SUVs, epitomized by Heather Blackford. Merilee knows that no life is perfect, especially her own. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women...
“With well-developed characters, a strong sense of place, a suspenseful plot, and plenty of Southern axioms sprinkled in, this is a warm and engaging novel by prolific author White.”
"Part Liane Moriarty (for the gentle skewering of wealthy suburbia), part Kate Morton (for the connections between secrets of the present and the past), and part Mary Kay Andrews (charming and very Southern), White’s latest should find a wide readership."
"An atmospheric and entertaining look at the friends who keep your secrets—and the friends who keep you guessing until it's too late."
"The deeper readers get in this story, the less they'll be able to tear themselves away from the complex characters and exquisite prose."
"If Big Little Lies met To Kill A Mockingbird and had a compulsively readable love child, that book would be The Night the Lights Went Out. Karen White combines a heart-tuggingly vivid depiction of Depression-era Georgia with a wickedly clever send-up of modern Atlanta private school moms to create an interwoven mystery that makes you stop and ask: how do the secrets from our past affect our daily lives? And which friend would help ME bury the body? I couldn't stop reading!
—Lauren Willig, New York Times Bestsellingauthor of The Other Daughter.
THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT is one of (Karen White's) best books ever...FASCINATING.
—Jackie Cooper, Huffington Post
“‘Steel Magnolias’ meets ‘Gone Girl’ in Karen White’s latest Southern melodrama. . . . ‘The Night the Lights Went Out’ touches all the bases of a chick-lit thriller, but White’s sense of history gives the narrative a perspective that few mainstream entertainments have any more. It helps that Sugar proves nearly as funny and pointed as Mark Twain or Ambrose Bierce.”
—The Wilmington Star News
"...just when you start to get comfortable with the cookies and okra romantic feel good storyline, [White] throws in a twist and off you go on a rollercoaster thriller ride. Enough fun for any vacation."
—Jacksonville Times Union