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How can you prove you're not an alcoholic?
It's like trying to prove you're not a witch.
Hildy Good is a townie. A lifelong resident of an historic
community on the rocky coast of Boston's North Shore, she knows
pretty much everything about everyone. Hildy is a descendant of one
of the witches hung in nearby Salem, and is believed, by some, to
have inherited psychic gifts. Not true, of course; she's just good
at reading people. Hildy is good at lots of things. A successful
real-estate broker, mother and grandmother, her days are full. But
her nights have become lonely ever since her daughters, convinced
their mother was drinking too much, staged an intervention and sent
her off to rehab. Now she's in recovery--more or less.
Alone and feeling unjustly persecuted, Hildy needs a friend. She
finds one in Rebecca McCallister, a beautiful young mother and one
of the town's wealthy newcomers. Rebecca feels out-of-step in her
new surroundings and is grateful for the friendship. And Hildy
feels like a person of the world again, as she and Rebecca escape
their worries with some harmless gossip, and a bottle of wine by
the fire--just one of their secrets.
But not everyone takes to Rebecca, who is herself the subject of
town gossip. When Frank Getchell, an eccentric local who shares a
complicated history with Hildy, tries to warn her away from
Rebecca, Hildy attempts to protect her friend from a potential
scandal. Soon, however, Hildy is busy trying to cover her own
tracks and protect her reputation. When a cluster of secrets become
dangerously entwined, the reckless behavior of one threatens to
expose the other, and this darkly comic novel takes a chilling
THE GOOD HOUSE, by Ann Leary is funny, poignant, and terrifying.
A classic New England tale that lays bare the secrets of one little
town, this spirited novel will stay with you long after the story
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