The Good House

The Good House

Large Print - 2013
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As a lifelong resident of an historic community on the rocky coast of Boston's North Shore, Hildy Good knows pretty much everything about everyone. She's a successful real-estate broker, mother and grandmother, and an alcoholic. Her nights have become lonely since her daughters staged an intervention and sent her off to rehab. Now she's in recovery. Feeling alone and unjustly persecuted, Hildy joins forces with Rebecca McCallister, a beautiful young mother and one of the town's wealthy newcomers. Hildy feels like a person of the world again, as she and Rebecca escape their worries with harmless gossip and wine. When eccentric Frank Getchell tries to warn Hildy away from Rebecca, Hildy attempts to protect her friend. But when a cluster of secrets becomes dangerously entwined, this darkly comic novel takes a chilling turn.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2013.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781611737035
Characteristics: 415 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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SCL_Tricia Apr 12, 2017

The main character Hildy Good is a top Realtor, and also an alcoholic. We get to see the inner workings of her full blown denial of this disease. Toward the end of the book I was ripping through the pages as it darn near became a thriller. I just couldn't put it down.

asbookchick Jul 10, 2015

Really enjoyed this book! Hildy Good is flawed, yet very likeable and extremely funny.

samdog123 Sep 17, 2014

Absolutely loved this book. Main character Hildy Good, still lives in the sleepy New England town where she grew up. Despite her success as the top local realtor, the market is in a slump and business is hard to find. Years of drinking on the sly have made Hildy very sensitive to comments from others. This is a story of one woman's spiral into self-denial and destruction. Yet, its also a wonderful story because Hildy is a fabulously funny character. The town locals ring true and I really couldn't put the book down. Can't recommend this book enough.

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oama
Jul 30, 2014

My best read in 2014! The funniest as well.

I love Hildy, and her voice will resonate in my mind for a very long time.
I just wonder why the library doesn't have more books from Ann Leary, she is so wonderful!

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Janet4426
Jan 30, 2014

Not my favorite, weird ending.

JCLSarahA Dec 14, 2013

Really enjoyed this book and the voice of the main character, Hildy Good. She is a 60ish not-so-recovering alcoholic who runs her own successful real estate business in a small coastal town on Boston's north shore. Good character development and story line. The movie rights to this book have been sold, so read it now, before the movie comes out and you are at the end of a long waiting list.

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hmark33
Dec 08, 2013

I really like how as a reader I trusted the protagonist's perspective but then situations forced me to re-evaluate and I was never sure if I was supposed to. That made the book different from others. It made me want to read her other books.

Lilylove Jul 10, 2013

Interesting book. I was really struck by Hildy's hidden binge drinking and seeming blackouts. Having to question herself, wondering what she may or may not have done the day before seemed pretty scary. All in all, a good read.

A great insight into the Alcoholic in denial as well as some of the business presssures of real estate in small town New England. A nice read, not great literature, but just a peek at the lives of 'ordinary people', some wealthy, some not, some hiding their wealth and some who just could never leave the town where they grew up.

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amgriffin
Jun 07, 2013

Great read. Gripped me in the end. Denis Leary married a talented writer!

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