Book Review – Good Company by Cynthia D’aprix Sweeney

Synopsis:  Flora Mancini has been married to her husband, Julian, for over twenty years and she feels that they have a successful, happy marriage.  They have a daughter, Ruby, that is about to graduate from high school and head off to college soon.  She feels that life has been good to her — that is until she discovers Julian’s wedding ring hidden in an envelope in a filing cabinet.  Years ago, Julian had told Flora that he had lost the ring so what is it doing in the cabinet?  After Ruby’s graduation, she confronts Julian and gets the truth of what happened with that ring.  Learning the truth also brings about another betrayal when she discovers that her best friend Margo knew what happened with the ring and never told her.  What does she do with the truth now that she knows it??

My thoughts:  I enjoyed the story overall.  I found the majority of the characters likeable with the usual human foibles and I think the author did a good job of fleshing out Flora’s emotions and feelings when dealing with this crack in her marriage.  I also had to laugh at the character of Ruby and the accurateness of the teenager thinking that everything that happens is about them.  I gave this book 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

Thank you to Netgalley and Ecco Publishing for a digital copy of this book along with Harper Audio for the audiobook version in exchange for an honest review.  The narrator of the audio book is Marin Ireland and this is not the first audiobook that I have listened to where she was the narrator and once again, she did a fantastic job with this book.  If you are interested in reading Good Company, I recommend the audio book. With respect to this author, I read her first novel, The Nest and I loved that book.  I found it so interesting because intellectually it was about trusts (the financial kind) and I dealt with estates and trusts for many years of my working life so it was a very relevant story to me but at its heart it was a family drama.  If you haven’t read The Nest, I highly recommend it.

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