The Good Goodbye

The Good Goodbye

A Novel

Book - 2015
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For fans of Jodi Picoult comes an enthralling domestic thriller about the lies we tell, and let ourselves believe, in the name of love. The first thing you should know is that everyone lies. The second thing is that it matters. On her way to her nineteenth wedding anniversary celebration, Natalie Falcone leaves the struggling restaurant she owns with her brother-in-law, Vince. She doesn't speak to him on her way out; they haven't spoken in months. But out on the sidewalk, she gets a phone call every mother dreads: It's from the emergency room where her daughter, Arden, attends college. Arden's been in a fire, along with Natalie's niece, Rory, Vince's daughter and Arden's best friend. Natalie rushes to the hospital and learns that both Arden and Rory lie unconscious, and that another student has died in the blaze. The police suspect arson. As the investigation mounts, Natalie struggles to piece together the elusive details of Arden's and Rory's freshman year. Growing up, Rory was charming, popular, and charismatic, while Arden was artistic, perceptive, and reserved. They were different yet inseparable, more like sisters than cousins. But the case unearths a different portrait of a complex friendship, a love triangle, a fight, and a girl who was struggling more than anyone realized. To discover what really happened that tragic night, Natalie's and Vince's families must confront the one truth that ultimately emerges: Nothing is ever exactly what it seems.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553390582
Branch Call Number: FICTION Buc
Description: 348 pages ; 24 cm


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May 15, 2017

Very good...all hers is..

Dec 03, 2016

It stunk.

Aug 04, 2016

The gradual, excruciatingly confounding unfold. The pieces that slowly shape themselves into a picture. How much do we ever know about someone else's mind, someone else's heart, even when we've known and been close to a person for years? How much do we understand about our own motivations? Carla Buckley has given us a winner, with not only a weighty story, but also much to think about after the last page is read.

dairyqueen Mar 10, 2016

Great suspense story. Perfect book for the week-end or holiday.

ChristchurchLib Feb 09, 2016

The Good Goodbye starts with a fire in a dorm room; the roommates (best friends and look-alike cousins) sustain major burns; a boyfriend is killed. The girls are unconscious, so when the cops start talking about arson, it's their parents who must try to piece together what exactly happened -- and as in Herman Koch's bestselling The Dinner, old secrets and disturbing truths are revealed. This is the sort of book that is often referred to as "domestic suspense," in part because the events within could all too easily happen to any of us...

Jan 22, 2016

A good suspense drama. I was slow to like this book, but after several chapters I was hooked and couldn't put it down. So many secrets and lies going on with this seemingly happy family. The truth is revealed little by little building the suspense that will keep you turning the pages.


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May 15, 2017

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