The book I'm reviewing today is The Good House by Ann Lembeck Leary.
I originally chose this book because the protagonist, Hildy Good, is a woman of a certain age. Based on that factor (and the fact that my friend Quinn was promoting it for $2.99 or some ridiculously small amount), I purchased it. I had to download it and my husband HATES when I bring my tablet to bed and so I have only been buying and borrowing paper books, but I think he may have to get used to the fact that a lot of books are not even available in paper, so it's time to join the new millennium, DL.
I know Hildy. She is not me, as I am not drinking wine in the basement to hide the fact that I drink (I drink beer out in the open!), but I do know many women my age who drink a wee bit too much. More important than the fact that they drink is the underlying reasons why they drink. And while we middle-aged women don't all drink for the same details, we all drink for the same reason. We drink to remember and to forget.
Hildy wants to forget that she is divorced because her ex-husband is gay. She wants to forget that she is not really a mom anymore, because her daughters have lives of their own and in their new lives she is but a peripheral figure. She wants to remember when her real estate firm was the only one in town and she got all the prime listings. She wants to remember when she was young and life was a lot less complicated. In short, this is a novel about ALL of us, whether we drink or not.
The secondary plot of this novel, about a woman who may or may not be all that she appears, is a little odd...I do believe a second arc is important, but I'm not sure this is what I would have chosen to include if I were the author. But I'm not, and it does bring in some interesting dynamics.
I will be honest and tell you that hoped for more of a The House Next Door (Anne Rivers Siddons) type novel with a freaky supernatural twist, but it wasn't that type of story and it wouldn't have worked anyway. What I got instead was a glimpse of reality that is becoming all-too-common at this point in my life.
I give it 4/5 stars.