Synopsis from HarperCollins:
A handsome psychotherapist. His lonely wife. And in his home office ceiling, a vent …
You’d listen too, wouldn’t you? (You know you would.)
Newlyweds Sam Statler and Annie Potter are head over heels, and excited to say good-bye to New York City and start a life together in Sam’s sleepy hometown upstate. Or, it turns out, a life where Annie spends most of her time alone while Sam, her therapist husband, works long hours in his downstairs office, tending to the egos of his (mostly female) clientele. Little does Sam know that through a vent in his ceiling, every word of his sessions can be heard from the room upstairs. The pharmacist’s wife, contemplating a divorce. The well-known painter whose boyfriend doesn’t satisfy her in bed. Who could resist listening? Everything is fine until the French girl in the green mini Cooper shows up, and Sam decides to go to work and not come home, throwing a wrench into Sam and Annie’s happily ever after.
Showcasing Molloy’s deft ability to subvert norms and culminating in the kind of stunning twist that is becoming her trademark, Goodnight Beautiful is a thrilling tale of domestic suspense that not only questions assumptions but defies expectations.
About: Goodnight Beautiful is a psychological thriller written by Aimee Molloy. It was recently published on 10/13/2020 by Harper Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, 304 pages. The genres are mystery thriller, psychological thriller, and fiction. According to the publisher’s website, Harper Books offers, “best-selling, news-making, award-winning fiction and nonfiction, memoirs, biographies, narrative nonfiction, history, sports, literary fiction, thrillers, and contemporary women’s fiction.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Goodnight Beautiful on 11/14/2020 and finished it on 11/20/2020. This book was a great read! The medical aspects of the story was interesting. A traumatic event happened in a person’s childhood affected their behaviors in their adult life is a lesson that I would like to remember, at least to show more love to my kids so that they won’t grow up craving it. The setting of a psychologist at work was interesting. I liked the dialogues between the doctor and his patients. It flowed well and I enjoyed following his thoughts.
This book started with a prologue following a mystery person, told in the first person point of view. While at the restaurant, a fireman came in to ask the bartender to hang up a missing person poster, the mystery person felt sick in the stomach that the missing person was a local therapist, Dr. Sam Statler. Then the story began following Sam, told in the third person point of view as he and his wife Annie pretended to be strangers and pick each other up at the bar. The second view was (readers will feel shocked at the end of part 2 to finally know who’s this), told in the first person point of view. This person has many secrets. The third view was (readers will feel shocked after part one and realize who the third view was). This person liked to do role playing. This book was divided into 3 parts with a prologue and an epilogue.
Goodnight Beautiful started out slow but picked up at the end of part one where it gave me a nice surprise. At the end of part 2, I was shocked off my seats. I didn’t expect that at all because I assumed the second view was his wife. I had a good chuckle at the character racing to be the top Amazon reviewer. I do wondered about that. What do they get for ranking top 10? This book proved that some couples who married after a short dating period do actually last and they last by celebrating their anniversary weekly! A read I would not want to miss, I do recommend everyone to read it.
Pro: secrets, surprised twists, medical diagnosis
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Aimee Molloy’s debut novel, The Perfect Mother, was a New York Times bestseller, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her family. (Photo and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to HarperCollins for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.