Posted November 13, 2016 by Renee / 11 Comments


Standalone Sunday is a feature created by Megan at  Bookslayerreads where each Sunday you can feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend! There’s so much focus on books that are part of a series… she thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!

Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! Be sure to check out Megan’s very creative blog and leave a link in her Standalone Sunday comments section so she can add your blog to the list

My Standalone Pick is:



My Rating: 4. Stars

From Goodreads

A funny, poignant and revealing novel that’s become a huge word-of-mouth hit in the US.

How do you prove you’re not an alcoholic?

Hildy Good has reached that dangerous time in a woman’s life – middle-aged and divorced, she is an oddity in her small but privileged town. But Hildy isn’t one for self-pity and instead meets the world with a wry smile, a dark wit and a glass or two of Pinot Noir. When her two earnest grown-up children stage ‘an intervention’ and pack Hildy off to an addiction centre, she thinks all this fuss is ridiculous. After all, why shouldn’t Hildy enjoy a drink now and then?

But as the story progresses, we start to see another side to Hildy Good, and to her life’s greatest passion – the lies and self deceptions needed to support her drinking, and the damage she causes to those she loves. When a cluster of secrets become dangerously entwined, the reckless behaviour of one threatens to expose the other, with devastating consequences

I just read this book in the spring and there’s so many reasons I loved it but one of the biggest is Hildy.  Her character is funny, witty and very charming,  yet while getting to know her and being privy to her slow unraveling, you begin to feel that Hildy’s life is a train that’s quite possibly nearing the point of derailment. And here’s what that blurb above is missing…this story has a fantastic mystery at it’s heart, one I couldn’t figure out until the author skillfully revealed the answer. Although the story centers on Hildy, there’s a great cast of supporting characters that will intrigue you and keep you turning the pages until you find out how they all intertwine…cue the derailment image!

11 responses to “STANDALONE SUNDAY: THE GOOD HOUSE by Ann Leary

  1. Annie

    I love it when the main character is charming and funny 😀 I had the same feelings when I read Bonita Faye early this year!

  2. I love a good cast of characters! This sounds like it could also work as a “diverse” read? Which is awesome. Never heard of this book, but you’ve made me really want to read it! Thank you so much for the recommendation and for participating in the feature this week!

    • Yes It’s a really great book and it’s being made into a movie also I believe. I love your Standalone feature, thanks for creating it! I think people are really loving the idea of books that they can read without committing to a series

      • I hope people are liking it! Last week I was so excited because like 13 or 14 people participated and created a post, but the number has dropped dramatically this week. I understand people are busy though. I know I have been. Especially this weekend. I haven’t got mine up myself, but it’s finally about to go up now!

    • This was a big word of mouth book. I thought Hildy was witty and charming but at the same time there’s a sadness about her because of her drinking. And the mystery that evolves from the town secrets is great. Thanks for stopping by and commenting:)

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