The Good House

The Good House

Book - 2013
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Hildy Good is a townie. A lifelong resident of a small community on the rocky coast of Boston's North Shore, she knows pretty much everything about everyone. And she's good at lots of things, too.  A successful real-estate broker, mother, and grandmother, her days are full. But her nights have become lonely ever since her daughters, convinced their mother was drinking too much, sent her off to rehab.  Now she's in recovery--more or less.

Alone and feeling unjustly persecuted, Hildy finds a friend in Rebecca McAllister, one of the town's wealthy newcomers. Rebecca is grateful for the friendship and Hildy feels like a person of the world again, as she and Rebecca escape their worries with some harmless gossip and a bottle of wine by the fire--just one of their secrets.

But Rebecca is herself the subject of town gossip. When Frank Getchell, an old friend who shares a complicated history with Hildy, tries to warn her away from Rebecca, Hildy attempts to protect her friend from a potential scandal. Soon, however, Hildy is busy trying to protect her own reputation. When a cluster of secrets becomes dangerously entwined, the reckless behavior of one person threatens to expose the other, and this darkly comic novel takes a chilling turn.

The Good House , by Ann Leary, is funny, poignant, and terrifying. A classic New England tale that lays bare the secrets of one little town, this spirited novel will stay with you long after the story has ended.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013, c2012
ISBN: 9781250043030
Characteristics: 292, 12 p


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Jun 06, 2019

Just delightful.

Jan 13, 2018

I didn’t get the same satisfactory feeling with this book as many who’ve commented. It was interesting in the sense that you get into the head of an alcoholic who, like many, was in denial. I thought the book did a lot of rambling though, with giving bits and pieces of this person and that person’s lives but not really creating much of an interesting story outside of that. I guess I was looking for a little more intensive story-line

SCL_Tricia Apr 12, 2017

The main character Hildy Good is a top Realtor, and also an alcoholic. We get to see the inner workings of her full blown denial of this disease. Toward the end of the book I was ripping through the pages as it darn near became a thriller. I just couldn't put it down.

asbookchick Jul 10, 2015

Really enjoyed this book! Hildy Good is flawed, yet very likeable and extremely funny.

samdog123 Sep 17, 2014

Absolutely loved this book. Main character Hildy Good, still lives in the sleepy New England town where she grew up. Despite her success as the top local realtor, the market is in a slump and business is hard to find. Years of drinking on the sly have made Hildy very sensitive to comments from others. This is a story of one woman's spiral into self-denial and destruction. Yet, its also a wonderful story because Hildy is a fabulously funny character. The town locals ring true and I really couldn't put the book down. Can't recommend this book enough.

Jul 30, 2014

My best read in 2014! The funniest as well.

I love Hildy, and her voice will resonate in my mind for a very long time.
I just wonder why the library doesn't have more books from Ann Leary, she is so wonderful!

Jan 30, 2014

Not my favorite, weird ending.

JCLSarahA Dec 14, 2013

Really enjoyed this book and the voice of the main character, Hildy Good. She is a 60ish not-so-recovering alcoholic who runs her own successful real estate business in a small coastal town on Boston's north shore. Good character development and story line. The movie rights to this book have been sold, so read it now, before the movie comes out and you are at the end of a long waiting list.

Dec 08, 2013

I really like how as a reader I trusted the protagonist's perspective but then situations forced me to re-evaluate and I was never sure if I was supposed to. That made the book different from others. It made me want to read her other books.

Lilylove Jul 10, 2013

Interesting book. I was really struck by Hildy's hidden binge drinking and seeming blackouts. Having to question herself, wondering what she may or may not have done the day before seemed pretty scary. All in all, a good read.

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