In this powerful new book from an esteemed novelist and acclaimed short-story writer, Marian Thurm expertly draws a chilling portrait of a marriage and the downward spiral of a loving husband and father who has bought a handgun as the novel opens.
Stacy and Roger seem to have it all: a wonderful marriage, a luxurious Upper East Side apartment with all the accoutrements of the wealthy, and two endearing young children enrolled in private schools. But what appears to be "the good life" to their family and friends is not what it seems in this fast-paced, suspenseful novel that shows the sinister effects of a destructive marriage and the pursuit of the privileged life.
Thurm, who, according to the New York Times Book Review, "writes brilliantly of the battle of the sexes", has done so again in The Good Life.
Would you listen to The Good Life again? Why?
Yes, once I have recovered emotionally from the first reading, I'd like to re-read it, knowing the outcomes for the characters.
What did you like best about this story?
Hard to say, probably the way it engages the reader with the characters, particularly Stacy, and makes the reader really care about what happens to them and her. I think that is probably the essence of good storytelling - if you don't care what happens to the people, why read on?
What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Her reading was excellent - she has a beautiful voice, got all the characters, no caricatures or annoying tics. I would seek her out in future.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, and I did. Finished it at about 1.30 am and then couldn't sleep because I was thinking about it.
Any additional comments?
I can't wait to see more from Marian Thurm.
This book really is not about what one might typically think is "the good life" or even what is behind "the good life" or what people perceive a good life to be. This book is more about insight into the life of one couple with communication issues so poor that eventually becomes their demise. It is very depressing throughout, and pretty much no resolution at the end.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
what a downer I was hoping it would get better but just a very depressing story
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Beware- this book is darker than Gone Girl, Girl on the Train, Pretty Girls...well done but infuriatingly sad.