The Good Goodbye

The Good Goodbye

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553390582
Branch Call Number: BUCKLEY
Characteristics: 348 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Good good-bye


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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

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