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Review: The Good House

April 25, 2013

The Good House

Hildy Good’s family has lived on Boston’s North Shore for what seems like forever – as a matter of fact, one of her ancestors was hung as a witch years ago.  Hildy sells real estate and likes her wine a little too much.  Her daughters staged an intervention, but that doesn’t keep Hildy from drinking – she does it when she’s alone these days.  After all, she doesn’t think she has a problem with alcohol.

Hildy puts on a good front, but she is not as in control as she would like people to think.  Her life seems to be unraveling and she’s not sure what to do about it.  Something happens in her small town that forces her to reevaluate her life.

The Good House, by Ann Leary, is a book to get lost in.  Told in the first person by Hildy, I thought the book was terrific!  As a successful real estate agent in a million dollar market, Hildy is astute at reading other people’s lives, but seems clueless about her own.  Appearances are important though, and Hildy is good at faking it.  I found her to be endlessly fascinating and, as much as I hate to admit it, could understand her motivations most of the time.

The small town of Wendover is almost a character of its own and I loved the peek into the life of a small New England town.  As a lifelong resident and realtor, Hildy knows all the ins and outs of the town and she is a fabulous guide.  Just like every other small town, Wendover is full of secrets and interesting characters and I enjoyed my time with them.

I listened to the audio version of The Good House.  It’s narrated by Mary Beth Hurt – I thought she sounded a little too old for Hildy so it took me a while to get used to her voice, but I came to enjoy her narration.  The audio is on 8 CDs and lasts approximately 10 hours.

I won this book in a contest on Bookin’ with Bingo.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
33 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2013 5:04 am

    Like the story. Unfortunately this one is not available in the Melbourne library but another one by the same author Outtakes from a marriage is. Going back to Melbourne so my list making is up again!

  2. April 25, 2013 6:03 am

    Oh Good to know! I was not sure about this one, but I think I might enjoy it.

  3. April 25, 2013 6:27 am

    Enjoyed your review, as you know I enjoyed too!! I agree Hildy was a character!

  4. April 25, 2013 6:49 am

    I think I would want to shake Hildy!

  5. April 25, 2013 7:06 am

    I really enjoyed reading this one — sorry the reader wasn’t age appropriate:(

  6. April 25, 2013 7:53 am

    I loved the narrator (and Hildy) from the start. One of my favorites of 2013.

  7. April 25, 2013 8:04 am

    Great review- on your blog I see the Dorthea Benton Frank read along button. Is that new or has it past? I enjoy her books very much and was looking for more info on this-thanks!

  8. April 25, 2013 10:06 am

    I hadn’t heard of this book yet, but it sounds like a great read!

  9. Beth Hoffman permalink
    April 25, 2013 10:24 am

    I read this just a little bit ago and really enjoyed it!

  10. April 25, 2013 10:31 am

    I like to get lost in a book, particularly an audio book.

  11. April 25, 2013 10:52 am

    This sounds excellent – it’s already on my audio wish list, but I’m moving it closer to the top!

  12. April 25, 2013 11:30 am

    I’ve been looking at this book. I might recommend it as one choice this month for my book club. Thanks for your review!

  13. April 25, 2013 11:39 am

    Getting lost in an audio is something that doesn’t happen every time, so I’m going to check and see if my library has it. What is another audio on the pile???

  14. Literary Feline permalink
    April 25, 2013 11:54 am

    I am really looking forward to reading this one! I am glad you enjoyed it, Kathy!

  15. April 25, 2013 12:05 pm

    I’m on a hunt for good audiobooks right now. Will have to check this one out!

  16. April 25, 2013 12:28 pm

    Arent’ book wins just the best? Laurel liked this book as well, and after reading your review, I will be reading it too.

  17. April 25, 2013 12:35 pm

    Kathy, thanks for your terrific review! I think this one sounds good, and like it could take place in many towns.

  18. talesofwhimsy permalink
    April 25, 2013 12:48 pm

    Yours is the first review that has me thinking I should try this. Thank you for the great review.

  19. zibilee permalink
    April 25, 2013 12:56 pm

    I just got this one on audio too, and it will be interesting to see what I think of the narrator. The story sounds really compelling, and I think I would feel compassion for Hildy and try to see things from her point of view. Excellent review today. I can’t wait to listen to this one now!

  20. April 25, 2013 1:23 pm

    I’ve wanted this one since it came out so glad to hear that you enjoyed it! I love when the setting becomes like its own character.

  21. April 25, 2013 3:12 pm

    Hildy does sound like a fascinating character, and it’s great that you were able to get swept up in the story. I’ll add this to my audio TBR pile. Great review, thanks for sharing!

  22. April 25, 2013 4:39 pm

    I just finished reading this one yesterday and absolutely loved it! Glad you enjoyed it, too. I was fascinated by Hildy’s narrative voice; it felt like she was talking to the reader in a conversation. I wonder how I would feel if I listened to an audiobook of it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  23. April 25, 2013 5:53 pm

    I’ve only read good reviews about this one. Hildy seems like a fascinating character!

  24. April 25, 2013 7:26 pm

    I was hoping that this will be a good one on audio but an unsuitable voice can nag throughout the narration. This one sounds good.

  25. April 25, 2013 8:08 pm

    I’m listening to this one right now and love it!!! I actually thought Hurt’s voice was perfect. I can picture Hildy…very put together, sleek combed back hair, but behind closed doors she’s a wreck!!

  26. April 25, 2013 8:54 pm

    I really liked this book too. I bet it would be wonderful on audio.

  27. April 26, 2013 1:00 pm

    I’ve heard good things about this one. Glad to see you enjoyed it as well.

  28. April 26, 2013 2:58 pm

    Hm. Your review makes me want to read it but I was so underwhelmed by her first one. Maybe I should give her this one last chance.

  29. April 27, 2013 7:25 am

    Nice! I just skimmed your review as this audio is next up for me when I get throuh my current listen.

  30. April 27, 2013 5:35 pm

    I’m looking forward to this one.

  31. April 29, 2013 9:03 am

    Sounds like a good story to start the summer off with! I love a good tale set in New England.

  32. May 8, 2013 8:26 pm

    Sounds good … and one I might add to my Audible wish list. Thanks.

  33. May 13, 2013 10:28 am

    I’m so anxious to give this a listen. My library finally got it on audio, so hopefully I’ll get the download sometime soon!

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