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.

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

"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


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2015]
ISBN: 9780553390599
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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sheenacoles
May 15, 2017

Very good...all hers is..

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abcDena
Dec 03, 2016

It stunk.

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SuzeParker
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...

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Reads_A_Lot
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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