Thursday, January 10, 2013

Book Beginnings and Friday 56 - Goodnight Nobody


      "Hello?" I tapped on Kitty Cavanaugh's red front door, then lifted the brass knocker and gave it a few thumps for good measure. "Hello?"

      "Mommy, can I ring the doorbell?" Sophie asked. She stood on her tiptoes and waved her fist in the air.


      "I ... uh ..." I fumbled through the slurry of broken crayons and juice-stiffened napkins at the bottom of my WGBH totebag and pulled out a notebook with a pink, glittery cover featuring Hello Kitty. It was Sophie's--the only thing I'd been able to find on short notice.

AUTHOR: Jennifer Weiner
Written in 2005


      New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner's newest novel tells the story of a young mother's move to a postcard-perfect Connecticut town and the secrets she uncovers there.
      For Kate Klein, a semi-accidental mother of three, suburbia's been full of unpleasant surprises. Her once-loving husband is hardly ever home. The supermommies on the playground routinely snub her. Her days are spent carpooling and enduring endless games of Candy Land, and at night, most of her orgasms are of the do-it-yourself variety.
      When a fellow mother is murdered, Kate finds that the unsolved mystery is one of the most interesting things to happen in Upchurch since her neighbors broke ground for a guesthouse and cracked their septic tank. Even though Kate's husband and the police chief warn her that crime-fighting's a job best left to professionals, she can't let it go.
      So Kate launches an unofficial investigation -- from 8:45 to 11:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, when her kids are in nursery school -- with the help of her hilarious best friend, carpet heiress Janie Segal, and Evan McKenna, a former flame she thought she'd left behind in New York City.
      As the search for the killer progresses, Kate is drawn deeper into the murdered woman's double life. She discovers the secrets and lies behind Upchurch's placid picket-fence facade -- and the choices and compromises all modern women make as they navigate between independence and obligation, small towns and big cities, being a mother and having a life of one's own.
      Engrossing, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny, Goodnight Nobody is another unputdownable, timely tale; an insightful mystery with a great heart and a narrator you'll never forget.

I've enjoyed other books by this author (IN HER SHOES, GOOD IN BED, etc.) but this one was not my favorite. However, there was lots of humor and anyone living in suburbia with young children would find plenty to relate to.  

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  1. Thanks for the heads up Sandra! Hahaha! It's sounds way out her style and genre

  2. I must have read this one, but I don't recall it! lol

    Perhaps I should try again?

    Thanks for sharing...and here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

  3. I bet a lot of young moms can relate. I haven't read this one, but have read GOOD IN BED.

  4. Hi Sandra,

    This is an author who's name I come across regularly on the blogging scene, but one whose books I have never read.

    It sounds like a great premise for a story to me and those first lines would definitely make me want to read on, to discover just who Kitty Cavanagh is. However, I will bow to your judgement that it is not one of her best books and therefore, not the best place for me to start reading her work.

    It is ironic that this week, we should both be reading books set in an insular, suburban environment.

    Thanks the interesting post and have a good weekend,


  5. I would like to read this one. I haven't read any of her books yet.

  6. Loved reading the detail snippet that pertain to everything kiddish like broken crayons, etc. Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. I haven't read this one, but I do enjoy Jennifer Weiner's books.

  8. I hope it's a good one. Synopsis sounds somewhat promising.

  9. Interesting, thanks for sharing! :) I hope that pink hello kitty notebook was good enough for what she needed it for! thanks for stopping by, have a good weekend!


  10. Ooh great teaser, I haven't heard of this book before.
    Thanks for sharing! :D
    Also, thanks for stopping by my blog and my Teaser Tuesday. ^.^

    Tiffa @ The British Book Nerd


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