A Most Anticipated Book by: Crime Reads, Buzzfeed, Popsugar, Bustle, New York Post
From “master of clever misdirection” (Kirkus Reviews) Aimee Molloy, author of the New York Times bestseller The Perfect Mother, comes an irresistible psychological thriller featuring a newly married woman whose life is turned upside down when her husband goes missing.
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.
It's no accident that more than one character is reading Stephen King's Misery in this crafty page-turner from bestseller Molloy (The Perfect Mother). For starters, plenty of it misery, that is awaits newlyweds Sam Statler and Annie Potter after their move from Manhattan to Sam's upstate hometown of Chestnut Hill, N.Y., to be closer to his ailing mother. After a heady first few weeks during which Sam's therapy practice explodes with women eager for face time with the studly psychologist, he disappears shaking Annie to the core. But, in the absence of clear indications of foul play, his disappearance is a low priority for the local police, especially once they get anonymous tips about his major debts and possible affair with a patient of his. After some accomplished misdirection, Molloy flips the story on its head. The surprising revelations compensate for the book's major weakness readers not getting to know the most appealing character, spunky Annie, until late in the plot when she's forced to turn detective to search for the husband she still loves despite his considerable flaws. Psychological thriller fans won't want to miss this one. \n
Wow! I usually read crime and thriller books with a suspicious and analytical approach. And I usually guess who done it! Not this time. I was so submerged in the story that I missed the subtle clues, which would have helped me guess the hints along the way. When part 2 arrived, I had to hold my head, saying, “What?” out loud. Then, I went back and reread some pages trying to figure out where I made a wrong turn.
The first part of the book, we get to know Sam and Annie; a bit eccentric, and I thought they made a great couple. But when the French patient arrives in the green Mini Cooper, things change and you have to ask yourself what do you think you know?
I loved the psychology in the book and how it was used both as learning something interesting and as the major theme in the book. I love the way the author dealt with the darker matter making it believable without becoming dreary and depressing.
Aimee Molly’s book has clever dialog between characters. Her writing is crisp. But while you are busy reading, she does an about face, pulling the rug out from under you, which is why she’s known as “the master of misdirection” and why the majority of you will love this book.
My favorite book of 2020! Super juicy and wanted it to last .. I read it in 4 hours.
Great book with new facts throughout — keeping you guessing.