The Good Goodbye

The Good Goodbye

A Novel

eBook - 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. Advance praise for The Good Goodbye Cousins as close as sisters, a mysterious fire, a tangled web of lies: It all adds up to 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 Elegant and emotional, deeply affecting . . . Carla Buckley has done it again, writing an exquisitely troubling, psychologically complex novel that grabs the reader on page one and never lets go. Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Language of Sisters Twisty and beguiling, Carla Buckley s The Good Goodbye shudders with revelations from its first pages. As suspense, it ensnares you, and as an emotionally rich novel about the formidable and fraught bonds of family, it will have you holding your breath until its final, moving paragraphs. Megan Abbott, author of The Fever Relentlessly suspenseful and instantly riveting, this heartbreaking page-turner probes the darkest secrets a family tries to protect. Complex, sinister and beautifully written, Carla Buckley s powerful story will make you stop, listen, and hug your children. Hank Phillippi Ryan, winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark awards Utterly hypnotizing . . . I was left in awe of Buckley s powers of storytelling, of the way she lays clues with deftness and care, luring the reader down a cataclysmic and at times evasive trail of lies, family secrets, and teenage betrayal, leading to a perfectly satisfying finale. The Good Goodbye is incredible! Mary Kubica, internationally bestselling author of The Good Girl In Carla Buckley s finest novel yet, the aftermath of a tragedy leaches long-hidden secrets into a family s vigil, revealing the hazy outlines of sin, debt, and desire. The Good Goodbye is provocative, riveting, wrenching. Sophie Littlefield, author of The Missing Place
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780553390599
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages)

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Jessica_c Dec 22, 2017

Everyone lies, and it matters. Catchy tagline for a domestic thriller about a mother who sends her daughter off to college, where she nearly dies in a fire believed to be arson.

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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

sheenacoles thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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