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Two women, separated by decades, are drawn together by a shared space and a common need to salvage their lives. Learn More
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Kate Klein is a feisty, charmingly insecure Connecticut housewife who trades in a life of late-night karaoke sing-a-longs and West Village brunches with her best friend Janie for a world of mini-vans and Mommy and Me pilates classes. Life in Upchurch, Connecticut, heats up when Kate discovers picture-perfect wife and mother Kitty Cavanaugh dead on the pickled maple hardwood floor of her recently remodeled kitchen. A former chronicler of celebrity gossip, Kate takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of Kitty's murder and the disappearance of Lexi Hagen-Holdt, another Upchurch supermom. Along the way, the mysteries and disappointments in Kate's personal life begin to unravel, including her marriage to the kind-yet-uptight Ben, and her unresolved crush on Evan McKenna, a former neighbor with whom a one-night tryst ended in disaster. Thrown in for comic relief, and perhaps to show the depth of Weiner's talents as a writer, are Kate's twin boys and adorably sophisticated 5-year old daughter Sophie ("Sophie was sitting on the toilet, applying lipstick and waiting her turn...").
Goodnight Nobody is chock full of plot twists and turns which can be overwhelming and superfluous. However, Weiner's charm and grace are usually enough to rescue readers from these moments of confusion, and reaffirm our commitment to this endearing contemporary voice. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But that wasn't enough to get me through Goodnight Nobody. There are spots of bright dialogue, but the overall effect is "phoned in." The characters aren't memorable or well-developed; I didn't care about them. The protagonist, Kate Klein, is the usual Weiner "stand-in" and somewhat more developed than the other characters.
So if Kate were the main focus of the novel, it might have worked out. But no, the main focus of the novel is the dead Kitty Cavanaugh. This is problematic because we barely get to know Kitty, and since Kate writes her off as a "perfect suburban mom," we're not terribly interested either.
So there's nothing to keep you reading, unless an occasional nugget of funny dialogue is enough motivation to plow through over 300 pages. For me, it's not.
I hope her next book is chick lit, not a mystery. I am grateful that I got this one from the library.
"Goodnight Nobody" is a dramatic change from Weiner's regular writing style. But her excellent storytelling and funny narrative kept me hooked. She is at her best when she writes about relationships, but I felt that the two men in her life were not completely drawn out. There were far too many things left unresolved too and since Weiner does not write sequels, the reader is left to wonder.
But this book doesn't make the grade set by her previous three best-sellers. The mystery is clunky, the characters annoying, and the plot disjointed. This was a strange attempt at a new genre. Let's hope Weiner returns to her familiar -- and lush -- territory and leaves the mystery writing to others.
All right, Jen, we get it. Now how about branching out a little more? I'd settle for a skinny Jewish woman with Daddy issues getting into an adventure or a pudgy Protestant woman getting into some kooky mishap, just something to break away from the monotony.
That being said, this book does have its funny moments, and is enjoyable (probably more so if you haven't read her other books). I think Ms. Weiner has a lot of talent, it's just time for her to break away from her normal stuff and try something new.
So imagine Kate's surprise when Kitty Cavanaugh, the most perfect mommy of them all, calls to invite her and her children over for an afternoon visit. But when Kate arrives at Kitty's red door, she finds her hostess face-down on the floor of her newly remodeled kitchen, with a butcher knife sticking out of her back. Since the suburban police are largely incompetent (of course), former celebrity gossip journalist Kate decides to conduct her own investigation into the murder. She's assisted by her spunky best friend Janie and by her first love, Evan McKenna, whose sudden reappearance into her life puts further strain on an already shaky marriage. Then Kate receives a threatening message on the hood of her car, and another suburban mommy suddenly disappears. She begins to realize she may be in over her head--and that her own life may be at stake.
GOODNIGHT NOBODY is a bit of a departure for Weiner, and not a very successful one.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book will constantly keep you guessing up until the last page! Great read in my opinion and I couldn't stop laughing at times!Published 24 days ago by Nikia S Leslie
I've had this book for several years, and it always makes its way back into rotation when I run out of new things to read and I'm not in the mood to be intellectually... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mia
I really enjoyed this book. Third one I've read by Jennifer Weiner.Published 3 months ago by Susanne
I've enjoyed a few of Jennifer Weiner 's past novels however her two most recent have been sub par. It often seems when authors have a best seller, they can then coast on their... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jo Jo 615
Not as good as Weiner's book Good In Bed, but truly a fun beach-type read. Weiner as usual is able to capture a variety of women's voices in both a believable and endearing manner!Published 6 months ago by AB82
Jennifer's wit played well in this who done it! Couldn't put it down!Published 7 months ago by Terri Renee Purdy