Misery (Stephen King) and The Woman in the Window (A. J. Finn) fans rejoice – this is your book! If I’m honest, the synopsis for Goodnight Beautiful does not do the book justice. So if you’re someone who glanced at the golden cover, took a peek inside, and decided to go after something more…captivating, go back and grab this book now.
I’ve been sharing a lot of the books I read with my nanny. At first, I was trepidacious because I was sure she wouldn’t want to know the horrors that I read about (I’d never share a Karin Slaughter book with her). After I found out she watched Fifty Shades of Grey, I knew I could broach riskier topics like sex and obsession. We both finished the book in two days, and I can 110% say that it was grandma-approved!
Title: Goodnight Beautiful: A Novel
Author: Aimee Molloy
Rating: A Wild Ride
Page Count: 304
The story is about a husband and wife who move to “upstate” New York to be closer to the protagonist’s ailing mother. (I use quotes here because I technically live further north than the town described in the book, and yet would NEVER consider it “upstate.” It’s an age-old debate that will probably never be settled – especially not right now. If you’re from NY, you’ll understand.)
I feel like I cannot, should not, go deeper into the plot for fear of spoiling the experience. There are several good twists and turns that you will not see coming – even for all of you seasoned crime fiction junkies. At one point I had to go back and re-read a few pages just to get clarity. It couldn’t be! Right? No, Oh. My. Gosh. If you’re someone who loves talking about your current read, you’ll definitely want to read this with a friend (or nanny!). It’s so fun to discuss the aha! moments together.
My nanny once asked how I come to find all of these books I “make her read.” There are so many ways – many by recommendation from friends, Audible, BOTM, Goodreads, etc. But I think my absolute favorite books are the hidden gems I pick up at the library or bookstore; the ones I find when I’m not really looking for anything in particular. This was one such book, and what a wild ride!
Nothing is what it seems in this domestic thriller about a couple from NYC who moves to the suburbs. Grab this book and your best friend, cancel all your weekend plans, and start reading Goodnight Beautiful ASAP. You’re in for one wild ride!