Monday, 25 July 2016

Mystery Monday: Good As Gone


GOOD AS GONE
Written by Amy Gentry
JULY 26, 2016; 288 Pages
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
Genre: suspense, mystery, missing person, fiction

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

★★

When Jane was a young child she watched a man kidnap her thirteen year old sister, Julie at knife point.  She had watched all this through the crack of the closet door to stun to move. It took her a few hours to raise the alarm to her parents.  From that day on the Whitaker family changed both physically and emotionally. Then many years later a stranger appears at the door - it is Jane's older sister, Julie - alive.

Anna - their mother - feels like there is something not right about everything that is unfolding with Julie.  As Jane and her father are over the moon about Julie's return, Anna cannot help but doubt her story.  She tries to bury her uncertainty, but then a private investigator contacts her with his own suspicions, Anna knows she must find out the truth even if it breaks her family again.

This novel kept me interested enough to see how it unfolded. We see all this through Anna, Jane and Julie's point of view.  I was not wowed by the twists and turns of this novel but I found all the characters (but Julie) very realistic.  This novel has the tag of being like Gone Girl which was a suspense novel I did not care for...so maybe this kind of suspense is not my cup of tea.

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AMY GENTRY: lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two cats. After graduating in 2011 with a PhD in English from the University of Chicago, she began a freelance writing career, writing book reviews, cultural criticism, and, for one strange and wonderful year, a fashion column. She frequently reviews fiction for the Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Journal, and her writing has appeared in Salon.com, xoJane, The Rumpus, the Austin Chronicle, the Texas ObserverLA Review of Books, Gastronomica, and the Best Food Writing of 2014. GOOD AS GONE, her first thriller, is set in her hometown of Houston, Texas.


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