Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy is the official October 2022 pick for the Peanut Blossom Book Club for Recovering Readers.
When it comes to Spooky Season, I love to pick a book club book that keeps everyone on the edge of their seat.
That said, I know our members don't want full-on horror. Rather, a fun and suspenseful thriller is more our cup of tea.
This month's book is a psychological thriller that is sure to have you flipping pages at full speed!
Peanut Blossom Book Club
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What is Goodnight Beautiful About?
"A handsome psychotherapist. His lonely wife. And in his home office ceiling, a vent …
You’d listen too, wouldn’t you? (You know you would.)
Newlyweds Sam Statler and Annie Potter are head over heels, and excited to say good-bye to New York City and start a life together in Sam's sleepy hometown upstate.
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."
Goodnight Beautiful Discussion Questions
I believe the best book club questions to spark a lively discussion in your group help readers make personal connections to the story.
You can read about how to write the best book club questions on your own here, but hopefully these will get you started!
What did you think of this month's book? Do you read thriller novels or was this your first one?
Did you find yourself going back to reread chapters to think again about who was actually narrating the plot? What clues did you miss the first time through?
A lot of eaves dropping happens in this book. If you had the chance to listen in on a therapy session that didn't involve you, would you? Or do you think you would resist?
Have you read Stephen King's Misery or seen the movie starring Kathy Bates? Compare that plot with this novel.
If you were kidnapped like Sam, what would you do to escape?
Which part of the twisty plot surprised you the most?
Do you like how the book ended? Would you have written it differently?
Book Club Party Menu
When your book club gathers to discuss this thrilling book, why not serve these tasty nibbles to fuel the conversation?
Bake some frozen potato puffs for dunking into my savory Swedish meatball sausage dip.
Or keep things sweet with my favorite one bowl butterscotch blondies.