Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy, 2020
Therapist Sam Statler and his wife Annie Potter
The Plot (from Goodreads):
Newlyweds Sam Statler and Annie Potter are head over heels, and excited to say good-bye to New York and start a life together in Sam’s sleepy hometown in upstate New York. 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.
I definitely thought this one lived up to the hype. I loved it! The past few “thrillers” I’ve read have been closer to dramas or slow mysteries, but this one proved to be a true psychological thriller. It was fast-paced and enthralling, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters.
It won’t do readers any justice to say much more about the plot. (You’re probably sick of hearing this but) it’s definitely better to go in blind.
I would definitely recommend reading a physical copy of this book, rather than listening to an audiobook. I didn’t realize this was the author of The Perfect Mother until after I finished reading Goodnight Beautiful. Both of her books were great!