The week I was off after my surgery I was bored out of my mind. I couldn’t go anywhere I couldn’t lift anything, I mean I couldn’t even sweat and it was over 90 each day! So a lot of sitting inside and watching TV / reading ensued. At first I had a hard time getting into reading again, it didn’t catch my attention and it was hard to finish a few pages then after I just got lost in the books like I use it it was hard for me to put my kindle down. The first book I read was Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner.
I normally love Jen’s writing. I didn’t love this book though. I loved In Her Shoes and even watched the movie which is a total chick flick. I loved Then Came You, it was so different and the female lead character had so much power and the story was beyond unique.
Goodnight Nobody though just didn’t do it for me. It was a typical housewife who didn’t fit in with the other housewives and thought about how wonderful her life use to be in the big city before her rich husband moved her to the suburbs.
The book takes place in a Connecticut suburb of New York City, where the female lead character has three kids, two of them twins, within about a year of each other. She is overwhelmed because she can’t be perfect like the other housewives, so she hates them. She loves her children but considers them a burden and the thieves of her old life. Her husband puts pressure on her to perform up to the standards the town has set for parties, child rearing, and volunteer time, but she just doesn’t want to do those things because she doesn’t feel like she is in her own skin when she does. A murder then takes place and she spends the rest of the book trying to figure out who did it.
This book just fell flat for me. In the end I didn’t suspect the killer, but I found I didn’t really care. I was so disinterested in the characters and their lives that when the book ended I didn’t feel any sort of loss, which in good books I always do.
Jen is a talented writer but this one just didn’t do it for me.