Review: Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy

Author: Aimee Molloy
Publisher: Harper
Released: October 13th, 2020
Received: Own (BOTM)
Warnings: Sexual harassment (mentioned) suicide

4 1/2 kitties

Aimee Molloy is back with another psychological thriller, and you just know that it’s going to knock our socks off. Goodnight Beautiful is a thriller like no other I’ve read, and for good reason.

Sam Statler and Annie Potter are recently wed – and very happy about that fact. They’ve just moved to a sleepy town in upstate New York, where Sam hopes to get a new psychology practice up and running.

Unfortunately, things don’t move as smoothly as the happy couple had hoped. There’s a major security flaw in Sam’s new office – every session can be heard through the upstairs vent. Sadly, that is only the beginning.

“When a man goes missing, it’s always the wife.”

Holy cow! I absolutely adored Goodnight Beautiful! This psychological thriller surprised me again and again, subverting all of my expectations and creating a truly unique read. I was captivated from the very first page, and am still a little bit sad that is over.

One thing I’d like to say, before I move on with my review: be mindful when going into Goodnight Beautiful. I went into it knowing nothing more than the description on the cover of the book, and nothing more. That was a brilliant choice, and I strongly urge all other potential readers to do the same. As such, I promise not to take offense if you put down my review until you’ve finished reading! (Though I will avoid spoilers to the best of my ability).

Honestly, I’m shocked that Goodnight Beautiful isn’t higher rated on Goodreads, as I really appreciated what Molloy was doing here. I love it when thrillers surprise me – but I also crave for those surprises to make sense. This is a novel that delivered on all of that, while also completely throwing all of my assumptions out the window.

It was such a refreshing read. Too often I see/read thrillers that focus on certain tropes and traits (which I don’t want to mention for sake of spoilers here), and while these themes did come up in Goodnight Beautiful, they were used for a completely different purpose. Talk about a breath of fresh air!

This book blew my mind on at least two occasions. And I don’t mean a simple ‘huh, that’s an interesting twist’, but the sort of twist that literally made me pause and stare at the pages for several minutes, just processing. It was brilliant, and I wish I could experience it all for the first time again. For that reason, Goodnight Beautiful might just be my favorite thriller of the year.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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