The Best Kind of People

  • by Zoe Whittall
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A local schoolteacher is arrested, leaving his family to wrestle with the possibility of his guilt, in this exquisite novel about loyalty, truth, and happiness.
The Woodburys cherish life in the affluent, bucolic suburb of Avalon Hills, Connecticut. George is a beloved science teacher at the local prep school, a hero who once thwarted a gunman, and his wife, Joan, is a hardworking ER nurse. They have brought up their children in this thriving town of wooded yards and sprawling lakes.
Then, one night, a police car pulls up to the Woodbury home, and George is charged with sexual misconduct with students from his daughter's school. As he sits in prison awaiting trial and claiming innocence, Joan vaults between denial and rage as friends and neighbors turn cold. Their daughter, 17-year-old Sadie, is a popular high school senior who becomes a social outcast - and finds refuge in an unexpected place. Her brother, Andrew, a lawyer in New York, returns home to support the family, only to confront unhappy memories from his past. A writer tries to exploit their story while an unlikely men's rights activist group attempts to recruit Sadie for their cause.
Provocative and unforgettable, The Best Kind of People reveals the cracks along the seams of even the most perfect lives and the unraveling of an American family.

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What the Critics Say

"A gripping novel, one that shines a light on family dynamics under extreme pressure." (The Vancouver Sun)
"Zoe Whittall's undisputed talent as a writer shines, as does her understanding into the complexity of our sympathies, our morality, and our humanity. With incredible empathy and undeniable skill, this book is sure to spark much-needed dialogue, vital debate, and richly deserved acclaim." (Stacey May Fowles, author of Infidelity)

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Customer Reviews

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Oh No Not Another Dud

I wish I had read some of the many two star reviews on Amazon before I started this confusing, he said/ she said, hopelessly misinformed and wandering novel. This book was such a total mixed up mess of lascivious innuendo, wavering timelines and whispered accusations that it just never made any sense. Further and foremost, the lack of basic legal research or really any legal understanding of how the law in America works makes the whole sorted story beyond ridiculous.

The book attempted to explore issues related to teen sex, drug, and alcohol use, parent/child relationships, and sexual misconduct involving adults and minors. To me, it completely missed the mark. The plot and the characters were inconsistent and so undeveloped it was impossible to relate to the story being told. Nothing felt grounded in reality.

Do yourself a favor and read the Amazon reviews before you waste your time. I wish I had.
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- Sara

What was the point?

The story had no real closure, no real ramp up or climax... a bunch of weird "maybe this is a plot twist?" moments that turned into nothing really. It's a good book but it's not a great book. Also, for the record, I still have NO IDEA how the title relates back to the book either.

I am just left wondering what the point of the book was, I feel like I missed some lesson learned or plot twist that evaded me or something.
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- Sarah Zanoni

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-19-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio