Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “You Say Goodbye” as Want to Read:
You Say Goodbye
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

You Say Goodbye

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The murder of an ex-rock star’s girlfriend leads a detective to conclude that the perpetrator is not only a renowned serial killer who leaves Beatles song titles behind as his calling card, but appears to be somebody the singer knows. Now the detective needs the musician’s help in finding him.

"One of the most touching and inspiring crime thrillers you'll ever read."
- Dona
Published February 6th 2019 by Black Opal Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about You Say Goodbye, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about You Say Goodbye

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-39
Average rating 4.48  · 
Rating details
 ·  27 ratings  ·  23 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of You Say Goodbye
Geza Tatrallyay
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Keith Steinbaum’s book, YOU SAY GOODBYE. This is a book that, on the surface, is a murder mystery, but in a deeper sense, explores the ups and downs – the joy and the pathos – of life.

The story is about a rock musician, Sean Hightower, who is desperately seeking to replicate his one big hit, “Looking Glass”. Turned 50, twice divorced and working at his father’s used car dealership, he is consumed with the depression of failure, finding happiness only with his girlfriend coll
Darryl Greer
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Keith Steinbaum has borrowed from the 1967 Beatles song "Hello, Goodbye" for the title of his latest novel, "You Say Goodbye". Unlike his debut novel, "The Poe Consequence", a supernatural thriller, this work is a whodunnit, almost in the old-fashioned sense, though with an unusual touch – the serial killer leaves a Beatles song title at each of his crime scenes, leading to his appellation as The Beatles’ Song Murderer. Here we have Sean Hightower, a washed up rock star, now middle-aged, who dre ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well, the joke’s on me for thinking this one would be any good. In all fairness, it wasn’t terrible, more like consistently barely average. If you’re expecting a serial killer thriller, you’ll be disappointed. There is a murder here, but the center stage (appropriately so) belongs to a washed up musician who at 50 finally decides to enter something resembling adulthood following a straight out of Lifetime movie emotional reawakening. The author’s first book apparently made some waves on the indi ...more
Rich Stoehr
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the interesting things about Keith Steinbaum's books is that they're never quite what you think they're going to be.

In 'The Poe Consequence' he took what should have been a gimmicky concept and turned it into a compelling modern-day tale of vengeance. For 'You Say Goodbye' he begins with an intriguing premise for a murder mystery and makes of it a meditation on what really matters in life.

In a way, 'You Say Goodbye' is two books. The surface-level story begins on page one, with a horrifi
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You Say Goodbye by Keith Steinbaum. This is not just a mystery, it's much more than that. Although it does begin with a brutal murder of a beautiful woman Merisa, who was Sean's girlfriend, it's also far more about the relationships between people and how they affect us. Sean Hightower, our protagonist, is a former rock-star who had one-hit wonder of a song that was immensely popular, but he never had that success again after that. The author uses some beautiful lyrics from two of Sean's songs- ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You Say Goodbye" Is one hell of a rollercoaster. I was completely engrossed. The story and the plot are so realistic and intelligently crafted.. If you want a different kind of suspense/novel this book is a must-read. It is well written and keeps you guessing. ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 Stars

I am not sure what I was expecting based on the cover of this book: classic detective fiction, maybe? But what I found was an angry former musician, one-hit-wonder, playing for peanuts in a dive bar, working at his dad’s dealership and through it all finding himself and his passion again after the death of his girlfriend.

I felt like I was peeking into this real guy’s life and watching as he figured out how to navigate all the challenges that kept coming up and trying to throw him off cour
Pat Eroh
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have never read this author before and I was a bit concerned at first that I had misread the genre but it all came together soon. I am so glad I kept reading as it is very worth it. It is not that I did not enjoy the first part of the story, I just thought it to be different than I thought it would be. Even that first part was interesting and worth the read. I highly recommend this book and recommend that you read it to the end!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntar
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
You Say Goodbye, a mystery novel that tells the story of a washed-up musician. Sean is a one hit wonder. He had a good run while it lasted, but though he’s 50 years old he’s still looking to get that next hit. The downside of it is…nobody is really looking for him to make a comeback. All the way want is to hear the song that they liked, but Sean…well…he’s not having it. He intends to show his girlfriend just how much he appreciates her after an epic fail performance, but what he finds is totally ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I remember reading the first of this author's books and loving it--it was called The Poe Consequence. When the author contacted me to read and possibly review his second novel-of course I said yes!

Sean didn't think he had anything going for him-he was depression personified--his Mom was definitely not helping matters. Sean had one hit song--that was it--he now worked part time in his Dad's car dealership. The only thing that kept him going was his girlfriend-----when he came home after a bad nig
Miriam Green
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
In You Say Goodbye, Keith Steinbaum shows us both the monstrous inhumanity of life and the humanity—born of connectivity and purpose. Sean Hightower is a has-been musician, a one-hit wonder whose life goes horribly wrong when he discovers the body of his lover Merissa in her apartment. Plagued by his loss and his self-perceived failures, Sean plans to end his life. A chance encounter with the 10-year-old cancer patient next door, a young girl selling lemonade for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Founda ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read Keith's first book, The Poe Consequence, and loved it. His second book is amazing as well!! This book kept me guessing right up until the end and to me that makes an awesome mystery! Like his first book, there are subtle morals to be learned from the book, but not so much that they get in the way of the actual storyline. Keith writes in a way that I feel like I really know the characters, both good and bad. I love that when I was reading this book, I felt the characters pain and emotions. ...more
Aimee Ann
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You Say Goodbye… where do I begin book lovers? You Say Goodbye is undoubtedly a novel that should not be missed by anybody because the story that unfolds throughout it is genius, flawlessly written and wildly entertaining. When I read the premise of You Say Goodbye, I knew instantly that it was a book I had to read as well as a book I would love, and this is thanks to the themes alluded to throughout the premise with a strong one being a mystery. Mysteries, in general, are my go-to read but I lo ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about Sean, who had a music hit in the past. That life is in his past and now he's being depressed. He sells cars for his father and is in general not happy with his life. Only his girlfriend was the one bright light in his life. And then she was murdered. Sean is trying to go on with his life and at the same time he wants to find her killer. Luckily, a new girl came in his life, although one that small and very cute: the daughter of the neighbour.

Be prepared for a story where Sean
Lynn B
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
WHat a great read.

I would like to start off by Thanking, Keith Steinbaum for sending me a hard copy of his book.

And for that I am writing my honest review on this book.

In point form here the just of it:

TOTAL SCORE : 4 1/2 Stars.

Title: 4 stars, Why? Because it tied in very well to the story.
Book cover: 4 stars. Loved the cove , Why? Everything on it was a clues as to “Who did it”. And the black and white cover really works.

Writing style: 5 starts, I absolutely loved his style of writing. Beautif
Nickie Sale
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
*Spoilers* I have got 1/3 of the way through this book and am struggling to maintain interest and finish it. It's so slow and so far apart from Sean finding his murdered girlfriend Merissa really nothing is happening. Even Sean finding her was a non event in the book. Do I believe the police would ask a murder victims boyfriend to find out where any and all suspects were that night? Never. Do I believe that a guy on the point of committing suicide would do a U turn based on meeting and speaking ...more
Jo Morningstar
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book this is! I thought I had it all figured out but Keith keeps you guessing right up to the end.

The writing is brilliant and keeps you turning page after page. The characters are extremely well written and thoroughly believable and relatable.

You will fall in love with these people and be on the edge of your seat trying to help Sean and his friends work out who done it.

I recommend this book to all readers particularly fans of murder mystery story’s
Gulo Kulay
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keith-s-books
Another fast read by this Author... I can’t wait for the 3rd book ... both his books should be made into movies
A whodunnit that keeps you trying to guess all along .. characters some you love , some you have doubts about ... very animated story which feels like you’re watching a movie ... the little girls role adds emotion to this story ..interesting every day characters ...
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a simple, easy read. I would reccomend you read it simply to fall in love with ten year old Kayleigh. She was my fav. As far as a murder mystery goes, this book was very poetic and a little on the softer side in my opinion. Not very shocking and no real crazy twists.
Glenda Bixler
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Murder theme on Beatles' Hits

Saralyn Richard
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect read while social distancing. It's got relatable characters, a well-plotted whodunit, and an ending that, well, you'll have to read it to believe it! ...more
Cj Caudill
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very touching

This is a definite thriller and who done it. I enjoyed the story line and with intense way it’s written. Loved the story line and the characters.
Sydney Lee Robinson
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Read my review on! ...more
Destiny Brown
rated it it was amazing
Mar 27, 2019
HiDee Ekstrom
rated it it was amazing
May 25, 2020
Nancy A.
rated it it was amazing
Aug 04, 2019
rated it it was amazing
Mar 25, 2019
Steven Moore
is currently reading it
May 13, 2019
Sharon Forbes
marked it as to-read
Jun 07, 2019
marked it as to-read
Jun 10, 2019
marked it as to-read
Jun 24, 2019
Ferne Upson
marked it as to-read
Jul 18, 2019
Darcia Helle
marked it as to-read
Jul 18, 2019
Cristina Isabel
marked it as to-read
Sep 03, 2019
Laura Tolomei
marked it as to-read
Dec 31, 2019
Kathleen Daly
marked it as to-read
Apr 12, 2020
Glen McGlothin
marked it as to-read
Apr 16, 2020
Daniella Bernett
marked it as to-read
Apr 17, 2020

Readers also enjoyed

  • Cold Storage
  • Little Girls Sleeping (Detective Katie Scott, #1)
  • The Ticket
  • Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing
  • Wait Until Dark (Maximum Security #0.5)
  • Tanner's Promise (The Harlow Brothers #1)
  • Gage
  • The Body Keeper (Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries #3)
  • Read and Buried (Lighthouse Library Mystery, #6)
  • The Cowboy Next Door (Montana Strong #2)
  • Luke's Gift (The Harlow Brothers, #2)
  • The Trouble With Mini Cows (Fidalgo Island Book 1)
  • The Ballad of Persephone
  • My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am
  • The Reel Sisters
  • The Little Sister
  • Judd's Vow (The Harlow Brothers #3)
  • The Trusted (The Trusted Thriller Series Book 1)
See similar books…

2012 Supernatural Thriller of the Year award from

Kirkus 'Best Books of 2015' Year end issue

Book Excellence Award 2017 Finalist

Re-released through Black Opal Books in March of 2020

After the drive-by shooting of an innocent bystander, the two gangs responsible for his murder start facing an Edgar Allan Poe inspired vow of revenge from beyond the gr

News & Interviews

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
32 likes · 9 comments