Author Stories Podcast Episode 979 | Aimee Molloy Returns With Goodnight Beautiful
On today’s show Aimee Molloy returns to talk about her new book Goodnight Beautiful.
From “master of clever misdirection” (Kirkus Reviews) Aimee Molloy, author of the New York Times bestseller The Perfect Mother, comes an irresistible psychological thriller featuring a newly married woman whose life is turned upside down when her husband goes missing.
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.
Showcasing Molloy’s deft ability to subvert norms and culminating in the kind of stunning twist that is becoming her trademark, Goodnight Beautiful is a thrilling tale of domestic suspense that not only questions assumptions but defies expectations.
Aimee Molloy is the author of the New York Times instant bestseller, The Perfect Mother. This debut novel centers around a group of women whose lives become indelibly connected when one of their newborns goes missing. This thrilling novel is being adapted for the big screen by Kerry Washington, who hails it as: “a gripping page-turner that explores the pressures of modern motherhood as well as a mother’s absolute worst nightmare.” Inspired by her own experience as a young mother in Brooklyn, the novel brings to light issues that many women (and some men) face after their children are born–navigating expectations and expert advice around how “best” to raise an infant–in addition to managing one’s career; maintaining a healthy, happy relationship with your partner; “getting back” your pre-baby body, etc. Early readers couldn’t put it down, calling it: “a fast-paced, twisty, engrossing read” (Megan Miranda); “a true page turner!” (B.A. Paris); and “a riveting mystery” (Kimberly McCreight). Harper will publish The Perfect Mother in May 2018.
Aimee is also the author of However Long the Night and the co-author of several works of non-fiction, including Jantsen’s Gift, with Pam Cope. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two daughters. Learn more at www.aimeemolloy.com.