Throwback Thursday: The Good Goodbye by Carla Buckley

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Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is: 

 

The Good Goodbye by Carla Buckley

The Good Goodbye

Published January 12, 2016 by Bantam

 

Goodreads Description:

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.

 

My Thoughts:

“The good thing about saying goodbye is getting to say hello.”

“The Good Goodbye” was a unique and addictive read that I really enjoyed.

Rory and Arden Falcone are cousins who are very close. However, their personalities and interests are very different. Arden struggles to fit in while Rory makes friends easily.

The book starts with Arden’s mother wondering why Arden has not returned her phone call. Just as Natalie and her husband are heading out for dinner her phone finally rings….but it’s not Arden.

It’s a man who tells her that Arden has been in an accident. Rory and Arden have both been admitted to the hospital. They are unconscious after jumping out the window after a fire started in their college dorm room.

The story is told from Arden, Rory, and Arden’s mother, Natalie’s point of view. It alternates between past and present.

As everyone waits together in the ER, secrets old and new come to light. We learn more about what went on in the days leading up to the fire. Everyone struggles with difficult decisions that need to be made.

Will the girls survive? And if they do, how will this family repair itself?

I was pulled into the story right away. I could feel the tension as more disturbing truths came out, and my heart broke as the family tried to deal with blow after blow. It kept me in its grasp until the very end.

“The Good Goodbye” was an excellent domestic suspense novel that I would love to read again sometime.

Highly recommended.

 

 

REVIEW: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Pieces of Her

Published: August 21, 2018 by William Morrow

 

Can you ever truly escape your past?

Andrea Cooper and her mother, Laura are having lunch and celebrating Andrea’s thirty-first birthday at the Rise n’Dine restaurant at the mall of Belle Isle.

Just as they are about to finish up their lunch…

Suddenly it feels like the world explodes.

People are screaming and crying, trying to take cover. Andrea’s mother tackles her to the ground.  What happens next shocks Andrea to her core. When it’s over, Andrea tries to make sense of what happened. Laura Oliver is a quiet middle-aged speech pathologist. She’s been a great mother to Andrea. She’s not the type of person who keeps secrets.

But it turns out Andrea may not have known her mother at all.

Why is her mother telling her not to speak to the police? She wants her to claim she can’t remember what happened. “Promise me, don’t talk to the police”. Then on top of everything else, her mother wants her to move out. She wants her to leave that same night. She says she needs space. Andrea is confused. Why is her mother acting so angry and cold towards her? Andrea wonders what she did wrong. But as she’s packing up to leave that evening something else happens that changes everything….and sends Andrea spiraling in a whole new direction.

As she tries to figure out just who her mother really is, Andrea learns more about herself as well. But is she strong enough for what’s ahead?

Will Andrea be able to save her mother? And herself?

Karin Slaughter excels at storytelling. Her novels are known for their heart-pounding intensity, twists and turns, and well-developed characters. This was an exciting and intense read that had me gripped, wondering what was going to happen next.

The majority of the story alternates between Andrea’s mother’s point of view in the past and Andrea’s point of view in the present. I liked the length of the chapters and found it easy to follow the alternating viewpoints.

“Pieces of Her” was a well-paced intriguing read with some very startling and unexpected twists. As usual, the author has written an exciting story loaded with suspense and fascinating characters. 

I am a proud member of the “Slaughter Squad” and I can’t wait to read what the author writes next.

 

I’d like to thank William Morrow for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
 

 

Music Monday – Only You by Yazoo

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

The song and video I am sharing today is:

Only You by Yazoo

This song takes me back to High School Dances and teen dance clubs.  I heard it on a TV show recently and it’s been stuck in my head ever since.

 

 

Only You by Yazoo
Looking from a window above, it’s like a story of love
Can you hear me
Came back only yesterday
I’m moving further away
Want you near me
All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you
Sometimes when I think of her name
When it’s only a game
And I need you
Listen to the words that you say
It’s getting harder to stay
When I see you
All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you
All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you
This is going to take a long time
And I wonder what’s mine
Can’t take no more
Wonder if you’ll understand
It’s just the touch of your hand
Behind a closed door
All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you
Songwriters: Vince Clarke
Only You lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

REVIEW – Lisa Scottoline – Exposed (Rosato & DiNunzio #5)

Exposed (Rosato & DiNunzio, #5)

Published August 15th, 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

 

Over the years I’ve enjoyed many of Lisa Scottoline’s novels. Although I haven’t read all of the books in the Rosato & DiNunzio series it hasn’t affected my enjoyment of the ones I have read.

In this novel, we have Rosato vs. DiNunzio when Mary DiNunzio takes on a case that pits her against her partner and friend, Bennie Rosato.

Mary DiNunzio doesn’t know what to expect when her father announces that he and his friends need a lawyer. But when the whole crew turns up at her office, right away she knows she has to help. These people and the entire community are all like family. The case is in regards to her childhood friend, Simon. Simon lost his wife a few years ago and now his daughter is very ill.

It seems like life can’t get much worse for Simon Pensiera, but after he’s wrongfully dismissed it really does. Without a job and insurance, he can’t pay for his daughter’s medical bills and the consequences could be dire. Mary wants to take on Simon’s case, but Bennie tells her she can’t as there is a conflict of interest. Mary is determined to help Simon. If Bennie and Mary can’t see eye to eye on this matter it may destroy their friendship as well as their partnership.

But when things turn deadly, will Mary and Bennie be able to put their differences aside?

This was a great read that I flew through in just a couple of days. As always, Lisa Scottoline’s novels are fast and easy reads that keep me engrossed from start to finish.

The characters are all well-developed and it’s not long before you feel as if you know some of them personally. I love how the author writes about the connections and relationships between friends and family. I did find that things slowed down a little halfway through, but it definitely picked up again and the ending was intense and satisfying.

As usual, it’s clear that Scottoline has done her research. This was a very well-written and interesting legal suspense novel. I look forward to reading “Feared”, the next installment in the Rosato & DiNunzio series.

I’d like to thank by St. Martin’s Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.