Monday, January 14, 2013

The Good House by Ann Leary

Hildy Good is a townie. A lifelong resident of a historic community on the rocky coast of Boston’s North Shore. Hildy is a descendant of one of the witches hung in nearby Salem, and is believed, by some, to have inherited psychic gifts. Not true, of course; she’s just good at reading people.  Her nights have become lonely ever since her daughters, convinced she was drinking too much, staged an intervention and sent her off to rehab.
Alone and feeling unjustly persecuted, Hildy finds a friend in Rebecca McCallister, a beautiful young mother and one of the town’s wealthy newcomers. Rebecca feels out-of-step in her new surroundings and 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. 
But not everyone takes to Rebecca, who is herself the subject of town gossip. When Frank Getchell, an eccentric local 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 cover her own tracks and protect her reputation. When a cluster of secrets become dangerously entwined, the reckless behavior of one threatens to expose the other, and this darkly comic novel takes a chilling turn.
The Good House is funny, poignant, and terrifying. A classic New England tale that lays bare the secrets of one little town and will stay with you long after the story has ended.

If you like this, try these:

Snobbery With Violence by Marion Chesney
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Y: A Novel by Marjorie Celona

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