BOOK REVIEW: Goodnight Beautiful by Dorothy Koomsoon

“Goodnight, Beautiful” by Dorothy Koomson (SPOILER FREE).

This is my first book review, so please, be kind. I have just recently started reading again as it helps to free my mind and I find it so therapeutic. After reading this book, I had to review it: I must share how much I enjoyed this book with others.  I’m not really sure how you go about doing a book review so I’m just going to do it my way. I hope that you enjoy!

The Blurb:

“Eight years ago, Nova Kumalisi agreed to have a baby for Mal and Stephanie Wacken. Halfway through the pregnancy, the couple changed their minds and walked away, leaving Nova pregnant, scared and alone.

Eight years ago, Stephanie was overjoyed at the thought of becoming a mother – until she found a text from Mal to Nova saying, ‘Goodnight, beautiful.’ Terrified of losing her husband to his closest friend, Stephanie asked him to cut all ties to Nova and their unborn child.

Now, Nova is anxiously waiting on her son, Leo, to wake up from a coma, while childless Stephanie is desperately trying to save her failing marriage. Although they live separate lives, both women have secrets that will bind them together for ever…

Incredible moving and powerfully written, Goodnight Beautiful is a tale of love, loss and new beginnings. “

My thoughts: (on the book as a whole)

Goodnight, Beautiful hooks you. It makes you feel. You put the book down and you can not stop thinking about it. I felt like I knew the characters – I’ve never experienced this with a book before. I actually want to write – in detail – about the characters as I felt a profound connection with one of the characters in particular. Each of the protagonists in this book were powerful individuals and I think they will always stick in my head. I felt really involved and engrossed throughout this whole story. I was absolutely gutted when it came to an end. (I wish there was a film I could watch now – but I have done a bit of research and there doesn’t seem to be one).

My thoughts: (on the characters)

Steph: I start with Stephanie because she is a character that I absolutely hate to love. I do not want to give away any spoilers – so I won’t go in to the reasons why many readers would not like her. I felt like I could really relate to her. She’s a lost soul. She is damaged. She is mentally ill, and like me, she uses fitness and going to the gym as therapy. This made me sad for her. I know how this must feel. She’s insecure (I can also relate to this and I sympathise with her because there is truly nothing worse). I began to quite like her – I’m not sure if it was because I began to identify with her and hurt for her – but I did begin to like her. However, throughout the whole story I did not want her being with Mal. I’m a sucker for a good old love story and throughout the whole book I longed for Mal and Nova to be together because of their upbringing with one another. But did they?

Mal: Malvolio. It was interesting to learn about his life and how his mother suffered from Bipolar Disorder. Again, another character I could relate to, as my mother was diagnosed with this when I was going through my early years. It is not an easy thing for a family. It is intriguing to hear how other people – and families – cope with having someone they care about become mentally ill (even if they are just fictional characters). Mal is a sensitive soul. He has a good heart; always wants to do the right thing. He’s an interesting character and you never know what to expect.

Nova: I adored Nova; she’s the kind of friend I would love to have in my life. She is pure, wise and kind. She seems like such a beautiful soul. She cares about everyone and I do not believe she ever puts herself first. Her life isn’t easy and yet she stays so strong. Such an admirable character. I’d love to meet someone like her in real life!

What I would rate this book: 6/5

I genuinely would rate this book 6 out of 5. I am just getting back in to reading, as I mentioned earlier, and this was the perfect book to entice me back in to the world of reading! It may, or may not, be everyone’s cup of tea but it was certainly mine. I really hope that someone else has read this book, that reads this review, and wants to chat to me about it!

Where I purchased this from and how much it cost me:

I picked up ‘Goodnight, Beautiful’ from The Salvation Army Charity Shop for 50p. It was worth so so so so much more. 

I just want to say:

This book is just so raw, intense and captivating and I highly recommend that you get yourself a copy and have a read! You will not be able to put it down. I have just finished it and I am writing this review straight away because it had such an impact on me and I just had to share it with someone!

Have you ever read this book? Or have you read any other Dorothy Koomson books? Please let me know. I would love to hear from you!

Until next time
Charlene McElhinney




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