For Kate Klein, semi-accidental mother of three, the unsolved murder of a fellow mother is the most interesting thing to happen since the neighbours cracked their septic tank.
Up until then life in suburbia has been distinctly underwhelming.
Her once-loving husband is hardly ever home. The supermums on the playground routinely snub her and her days are filled with an empty routine.
At night, most of her orgasms are of the do-it-yourself variety.So, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, when her kids are in nursery school, Kate launches a murder investigation of her own.
With the help of her best friend, carpet heiress Janie Segal, and former flame, Evan McKenna, she is drawn deep into the dead woman's double life.
Suddenly suburbia is not so ordinary after all.Engrossing, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny, Goodnight Nobody is another unputdownable, sparkling tale; a quick-witted mystery with a great heart and a narrator you'll never forget.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 06/03/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780743468954
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Review by phoebesmum
Part-chicklit, part-mystery; the protagonist is a rather inept housewife and mother of three very young children, very much a fish out of water in the posh, rather Stepfordian Connecticut community her husband's chosen for them, who stumbles onto a neighbour's dead body and takes it upon herself to investigate – in between ferrying the children to nursery and playdates. There's scope in the concept to allow for a far better novel than this one; the heroine's sheer level of ineptitude soon grows tiresome, while the author is clearly a tyro at the mystery genre and this thread of the story is clumsy and wildly improbable. In spite of all this, I did quite enjoy it; the writing flows easily, and the occasional funny line manages to sparkle through.