Hands down, no contest! This was the best book that I have read in the last year. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, is a intricate a plot as Gone Girl, and as socially scathing as The Dinner. But Where’d You Go, Bernadette, is much more forgiving than the others, with a soft heart for the quirky relationship between the manic, impulse-challenged mother, Bernadette, and her brilliant daughter, Bee.
Once a talented architect, Bernadette now spends her days harboring grudges against the other Seattle housewives. As tensions between her and another Seattle mom escalate, Bernadette becomes increasingly unhinged. Concerned about her well being, her husband, a Microsoft executive, tries to stage an intervention. This leads to Bernadette’s dramatic and inexplicable disappearance, and the subsequent upheaval of her daughter and husband’s lives. Bee, believing in her mother even when others have given up on her, is determined to go to the ends of the earth to find her. However, what could have been a depressing tale about an unbalanced woman ends up being a surprisingly joyful story about love, second chances, and how our eccentricities shape our lives and our family, for worse, but also, for better.