The Good Goodbye

Finished The Good Goodbye by Carla Buckley.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

The author of The Deepest Secret returns with another spellbinding domestic thriller about an estranged family forced together in an ER as disturbing truths come to light. Crackling with moral ambiguity and alive with family tension, this is a poignant and unforgettable novel of the lies we tell, the secrets we keep, and the truths we hide even from ourselves.

Two cousins, Rory and Arden, lie unconscious in a hospital burn unit. The fire, which broke out in their shared college dorm room, killed another student, and the police want answers. Tension between Rory and Arden’s parents was already at an all-time high before the fire, owing to a recent financial crisis and the decline of the family business. As the parents huddle anxiously in the waiting room, carefully avoiding the subject of their own unraveling relationships, disturbing truths come to light. This is the deeply moving story of a family’s struggle to hold together while their secrets threaten to tear them apart.”

This is a hard book to describe, because there’s so much going on.  Obviously a main focus is in what happened to Rory and Arden (there was a fire; both girls are unconscious and neither are doing well in the hospital) and whether they will survive.

But while it’s the worst crisis the family is facing, it’s by no means their only problem. There are major financial issues, which has repercussions for every aspect of their lives (and is the reason why the two girls were at that college and rooming together to begin with).

If you’re in the mood for a fun page-turner that won’t make you think too much, this is for you. Recommended.


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