Publishing year: 2013
After Frances Doughty’s mysteries, I’ve started this book.
The main character is Hildy Good, an estate agent, living in a small town in Massachusetts. She’s divorced, and her two daughters are grown and married or in relationships. The book is told in Hildy’s voice, and she tells us about her problems with alcohol. Her daughters made her go to a clinic for a month to overcome her problem, which she believed she didn’t have. Yet, since then she hasn’t tasted alcohol any more.
And now through Hildy’s peculiar voice and humour we are presented some of the characters of her community. She is now focused on the McAllisters, a couple who Hildy sold their magnificent house. The man is very rich, but the woman seems to have certain issues, or that’s what Hilday seems to perceive. After the sale, one of her colleagues throws a party for this couple, and Hildy tells us about the guests: her friend Mamy, her psychiatrist Peter Newbold and his wife Elise, and Sharon and Lou Rice. I still don’t know what direction this novel is taking me, but I find it interesting. I like the narrative and the way Hildy tells us what she sees and perceives.