The Good House

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Hildy Good is a mother, a grandmother, a townie, a real estate broker, and an alcoholic, although she doesn’t think so. Set in Boston’s North Shore, Hildy knows pretty much everything there is to know about everyone. When wealthy Rebecca McAllister comes to town, the two form an unusual friendship cemented with secrets. But once rumors start flying about Rebecca, Hildy is forced to make a decision about whose secrets are more important–hers or Rebecca’s. With her daughters showing up for unexpected visits, an old flame lurking in the wings, and her ceaseless desire for alcohol, Hildy sets herself on a destructible path that could blaze all in her wake, including herself.

This one was a bit slow in the beginning with a lot of town history and background on characters who didn’t really seem important. Once you get into it, you realize how tangled the web is becoming for Hildy so naturally you keep reading. The read almost simulated her drinking problem in that the beginning was dry but once it picked up speed, there was no stopping it. The ending is one that comes out of nowhere but still settles the story in a satisfactory way. It’s definitely thrilling in its own way and an interesting look into the life of a woman dealing with addiction on her own terms. Check it out here!

Favorite line. . .

“Now I stay at home in the evenings and slip serenely into myself. They’d think it was sad, my daughters, but those are some of the happiest moments of my life, when I can change comfortably back into myself. Not every night anymore. Not every night, no. But that night, after Wendy’s party, there was a rather cordial atmosphere in the lovely darkness on my terrace, and by the time I had poured the last of the bottle into my glass, I was fully transformed. I was myself. I was myself again.”


PS – I’m currently reading The Interestings and feeling meh about it. Stay tuned for the final review. Also, A Beautiful Mess announced their book club pick for February and it’s The Fault in Our Stars! This one has been on my list forever and I picked it up at the bookstore a few months ago, so I’m glad I have an excuse to make it my next read. :) Also, how terrifying does this book sound? I discovered it a few weeks ago at the local bookstore. So creepy but definitely on my list.


Author: Rachael

Book lover + editor, feminist, California soul + New York state of mind.

One thought on “The Good House

  1. Um so I’m ordering A Fault in our Stars because after we talked about it, they released the trailer for the movie yesterday…go google it and watch it NOW. Looks so freaking good/sad. Plus I love the girl in it. Can’t wait.

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