Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 293 pages
Audiobook Length: 7 hours and 51 minutes
First Published: 2020
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To be near his mother in a dementia care facility, newlyweds Sam Statler and Annie Potter move to his sleepy New York hometown. Working in a downstairs office, Sam doesn’t realize his therapy sessions with his mostly female clientele can be heard from a vent in the office upstairs, a temptation too big to resist. After Sam disappears one night in a storm, Annie wonders how well she really knew her husband.
A very quick read, Goodnight Beautiful completely surprised me with its first twist, one so well executed you will never see it coming. However, the story goes downhill from there, falling into the trap of being more of a retread of another story (no spoilers on which one) rather than a clever retelling.
A handsome psychotherapist. His lonely wife. And in his home office ceiling, a vent …
You’d listen too, wouldn’t you? (You know you would.)
Newlyweds Sam Statler and Annie Potter are head over heels, and excited to say good-bye to New York City and start a life together in Sam’s sleepy hometown upstate. Or, it turns out, a life where Annie spends most of her time alone while Sam, her therapist husband, works long hours in his downstairs office, tending to the egos of his (mostly female) clientele. Little does Sam know that through a vent in his ceiling, every word of his sessions can be heard from the room upstairs. The pharmacist’s wife, contemplating a divorce. The well-known painter whose boyfriend doesn’t satisfy her in bed. Who could resist listening? Everything is fine until the French girl in the green mini Cooper shows up, and Sam decides to go to work and not come home, throwing a wrench into Sam and Annie’s happily ever after.
About Aimee Molloy
Aimee Molloy is the author of three novels, The Perfect Mother, However Long the Night, and Goodnight Beautiful. She also co-wrote several nonfiction books with Pam Cope. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit the author’s website →