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The Good Goodbye
by Carla Buckley


Overview - 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."
How well do we know our children?
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Overview
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."
How well do we know our children? Natalie Falcone would say she knows her daughter, Arden, very well. Despite the challenges of running a restaurant and raising six-year-old twin boys, she s not too worried as she sends her daughter off to college until she gets the call that Arden s been in a terrible fire, along with her best friend and cousin, Rory. Both girls are critically injured and another student has died. The police suspect arson.
Arden and Rory have always been close, but they have secrets they ve never shared, secrets that reel all the way back to their childhoods, and which led them to that tragic night. Who set the fire, and why? As the police dig deep into both the present and the past, Natalie realizes that in order to protect her daughter, she ll first have to find out who Arden really is, even if it means risking everything and everyone she loves most.
Praise for "The Good Goodbye"
A fluid, suspenseful story that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happened and what will happen next. I devoured this novel. Christina Baker Kline, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Orphan Train"
Carla] Buckley s writing is totally addictive. . . . Equal parts Judith Guest s "Ordinary People" and Lisa Gardner at her best, this is a stupendous effort by a major talent. "The Providence Journal"
Offers plenty of thematic richness to accompany its suspenseful plot . . . Readers] will find their thoughts returning to the story, especially its affecting final scenes, long after it comes to a close. "Bookreporter"
Each chapter reveals a tantalizing new detail that further complicates the cousins bond. . . . Buckley s characters are well-developed and interesting. "Publishers Weekly"
A journey through two marriages and a lifelong competitive friendship . . . The mystery of the fire runs through it all. . . . For readers who enjoy Jodi Picoult s family dramas. "Booklist
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A tender portrait of an ordinary family torn by rivalry and disaster . . . a rich and satisfying family drama. William Landay, "New York Times "bestselling author of" Defending Jacob"
Evocative and poignant, this story will curl around you like a glowing flame and suck the air out of your lungs with its power. Chevy Stevens, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Those Girls"
Terrific . . . a deep dive into the mysteries of long friendships, parenthood, and the stories we build our lives on . . . Carla Buckley has written a book that grabs you on the first page, breaks your heart, and leaves you hopeful. Joseph Finder, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Fixer"
Elegant and emotional, deeply affecting . . . an exquisitely troubling, psychologically complex novel that grabs the reader on page 1 and never lets go. Luanne Rice, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Secret Language of Sisters"
Twisty and beguiling, an emotionally rich novel about the formidable and fraught bonds of family, "The Good Goodbye" shudders with revelations from its first page, ensnaring you with its suspense. Megan Abbott, author of "The Fever""

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780553390582
  • ISBN-10: 0553390589
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • Publish Date: January 2016
  • Page Count: 368


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-11-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

Two families come to terms with a devastating tragedy in Buckleys (The Deepest Secret) latest. Arden and Rory Falcone have always considered themselves more like sisters than cousins, even opting to room together when they leave for the same college. A few weeks into their first semester, Ardens mother, Natalie, receives a devastating phone call: a fire has destroyed the girls dorm room, killing Rorys boyfriend, Hunter, and leaving both girls in critical condition. As Rory and Arden fight for survival, their stories unfold, and secrets emerge about the cousins relationships with their families, their peers, Hunter, and, of course, each other. But the secret of how the fire started is the one weighing most heavily on Natalie, and with the police and media asking relentless questions, she begins to doubt everything she knew about her own daughter and niece. Told variously from the first-person viewpoints of Natalie, Arden, and Rory, each chapter reveals a tantalizing new detail that further complicates the cousins bond. The three narrative voices are nearly identical, and the climactic twist feels a bit forced, but Buckleys characters are well-developed and interesting. (Jan.)

 
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