Our final Monday in June brings word by way of Kaye George of quite the family drama…
The Good Goodbye by Carla Buckley
Be prepared for one surprise after another as Buckley takes us into the lives, past and present, of two families pulled apart and pushed together by their relationships in this domestic/family saga thriller.
The story starts near the end. The restaurant that was founded by Natalie and Vince is faltering. Natalie is fearful for what the future holds, but by the end of the first chapter her world comes crashing down in ways she couldn’t have predicted.
Arden, the daughter of Natalie and Theo, and Rory, the daughter of Vince and Gabrielle, has both been badly burned in a fire at their dormitory. It’s freshman year for both of them, a year that’s supposed to be full of hope for the future. Instead, they lie in critical condition. They’re better off than their friend Hunter, though. He died in the blaze.
Accusations swirl as the girls’ conditions continue to cause consternation. The girls were raised together, almost as sisters, and had great expectations that have already come tumbling down before the fire. Everyone’s lives start to unravel as the parents go through the agonizing wait, hoping for improvement in the girls’ conditions. Meanwhile, the reader is taken back through their lives to see how they got to this point—and to wonder how they will go forward.
A gripping, emotional read that will have you following the dim pathways through their lives and their hearts.
Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of Eine Kleine Murder, for Suspense Magazine