Friday, October 14, 2016

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

This is a tough one because it isn't a bad book...there are just things about it that didn't sit well with me.  I think it was the way the story was told that sometimes had me shaking my head.  I got confused on who was who because one character kept changing their name.  One review I read said this: "alternating chapters between a first person narrative by a mother, and then a third person narrative told chronologically backward and then overly complicated by a hodge podge of different names for the same character".  Yes!  What she said!  I think it had potential but somehow lost its way.  Not enough depth to the story.  But it is a quick read and not the worst I've read, so try it out for yourself and see what you think.  There are more good reviews than bad.

Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic—but Anna, Julie’s mother, has whispers of doubts.  She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter.
Propulsive and suspenseful, Good as Gone will appeal to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, and keep readers guessing until the final pages.

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