The Good Goodbye
"A fluid, suspenseful story that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happened—and what will happen next. I devoured this novel."
—Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train
"A tender portrait of an ordinary family torn by rivalry and disaster . . . a rich and satisfying family drama."
—William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob
"Evocative and poignant, this story will curl around you like a glowing flame and suck the air out of your lungs with its power."
—Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Those Girls
The first thing you should know is that everyone lies. The second thing is that it matters.
How well do we know our children? Natalie Falcone would say she knows her daughter, Arden, very well. Despite the challenges of running a restaurant and raising six-year-old twin boys, she's not too worried as she sends her daughter off to college—until she gets the call that Arden's been in a terrible fire, along with her best friend and cousin, Rory. Both girls are critically injured and another student has died. The police suspect arson.
Arden and Rory have always been close, but they have secrets they've never shared, secrets that reel all the way back to their childhoods, and which led them to that tragic night. Who set the fire, and why? As the police dig deep into both the present and the past, Natalie realizes that in order to protect her daughter, she'll first have to find out who Arden really is, even if it means risking everything—and everyone—she loves most.
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