Advance reader reviews of The Good House by Ann Leary.

The Good House

By Ann Leary

The Good House
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2013,
    304 pages.

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  • Jane C. (Brighton, MI)


    The Good House
    A small New England Community. A local alcoholic realtor. This is an interesting combination for the background of a book. Hildy Good is a quiet, nosy neighbor in this small community, who keeps up with the goings on of the town and knows much of the underlying gossip. The book weaves in and out of the lives of the families who live there. You find intrigue, happiness, unhappiness, and and secrets. All of which makes the book a good read.
  • Kim L. (cary, IL)


    Injured Spirit
    I found this book to be well written. The characters were well developed especially that of Hildy. This is a book that many can connect with, because the characters experiences are all very believable. We have all either heard of or met someone with these issues. Very touching story and one that left an impression upon me.
  • Kathy H. (Eaton, OH)


    Too many storylines and/or issues
    This book did not hook me from the beginning. It wasn't clear what was plotline or just random details that really didn't matter. Hildy was a likable enough character but she never truly engaged me as a reader. She didn't make me care about her and I suppose that was because she seemingly didn't care about herself. There seemed to be too many social issues to deal with in one book.
  • Mary J. (La Quinta, CA)


    Absorbing Characters!
    This book draws you into small town life and its people. The characters are well developed and make you want to meet them and live there. I loved the story and will suggest it to my friends. 5 star read that I couldn't put down!
  • Kelly H. (Martinsville, IN)


    The Good House, a good read
    I really enjoyed this book. It was the main character, Hildy, that kept me hooked. It wasn't an exciting book, and not a whole lot happened. I felt like I was just hanging out with Hildy for a little while during a critical point of her journey through life, and I loved it.

    The characters were realistic, as was the dialogue, and if felt like being in the know in an actual small town.
  • Marjorie W. (Bonita Springs, FL)


    The Good House
    What a good read! I found it hard to put down and read it in two afternoons!! It is funny, but also explores the secrets that people harbor - so there is some sadness in the story. We all know people like this - such an accurate portrayal of small town life. I think it would be a good book for discussion as book clubs.
  • Kimberly H. (Stamford, CT)


    The Good House
    I grew up in that area of New England and enjoyed those descriptions. I found this to be more of a 'beach' book....a quick read that was enjoyable with a protagonist - Hildy- who had a quick wit. Overall okay. Too many books- too little time!
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