Book Review: Goodnight, Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson
Goodnight, Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson
Goodnight, Beautiful is an exquisitely-written book that explores the sensitive subject of surrogacy with honesty and compassion. It is Dorothy Koomson’s fifth novel and proves her to be a writer who is adept in exploring our fragile and complex humanity.
A multi-layered tale that also explores secrets, mental illness, love and friendship, Goodnight, Beautiful centres around three characters and their respective relationships. Nova Kumalisi agrees to help her best friend, Mal Wacken and his wife Stepahnie have a baby by being their surrogate. At first Stephanie is overjoyed at the thought of becoming a mother – until she finds a text from Mal to Nova saying, ‘Goodnight, Beautiful.’ Terrified she is losing her husband to his closest friend, Stephanie asks him to cut all ties to Nova and their unborn child. They walk away, leaving Nova pregnant, scared and alone. But eight years on, their son Leo is in a coma and Nova makes contact with the couple – opening a Pandora’s box for all of them.
This novel is a thought-provoking read, and at times, a book that is incredibly moving. I highly recommend this wonderful book, the characters are superb, and the moral dilemma of the situation compelling.