THE GOOD HOUSE
Small-town life and small secrets make up the core of this novel that is witty, funny (at times) and thought-provoking, as told from the viewpoint of an unlikely “heroine”— an in-denial alcoholic real-estate agent. All of these quirky, yet very real elements, make Leary’s novel one that may be slow to jell, but once events begin to snowball, readers will be riveted.
Hildy Good lives in a small town near Boston where she is a successful real-estate broker, neighbor, mother, grandmother and … alcoholic. There has already been one intervention, but Hildy still doesn’t believe that she has a problem. Still she limits herself to drinking wine at home to hide her drinking from her daughters. She gets embroiled in a scandal in the making that could destroy a man’s life and career. In all of that, she finds the time to fall back in love with an old flame. As the scandal barrels toward its unhappy conclusion, Hildy begins to see her drinking, her lover and her life in a new light. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jan., 304 pp., $24.99)