Loved Loved Loved! A psychological thriller that kept me guessing until the very end. In the tradition of “Gone Girl” and “Girl on the Train”, Final Girls uses the unreliable narrator trope perfectly to weave a story that is believable, thrilling and a fun ride. It calls to mind some of the great “slasher” films and has a gripping ending that I did not see coming. I would advise anyone getting ready to read this to buckle up and allow yourself to get sucked into the world of the “Final Girls.”
This is well executed historical fiction from a YA perspective. If you love Jane Austen, the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, or Ruta Sepetys, you will definitely want to try this book. A very smart young lady named Leonora, or Leo for short, struggles with a terrible stammer that causes her to compensate by becoming a spot-on mimic of other people’s voices. Charmed by a seemingly handsome, rich and good Lord, Leo gets swept up into an opium plot that threatens to literally blow up London. Suspenseful, fast paced, and action packed, this book was a lot of fun to read and kept me guessing, as well as hoping that Leo would find her happily every after.
It seems like in the last few years there have been quite a few thrillers about young women with secrets. Gone Girl, Girl on a Train, etc. Books that keep you guessing until the very end, and Good as Gone is in that same tradition. First of all, I loved the fact that this book was set in Houston, in a nearby neighborhood. That extra descriptive bit allowed me to visualize the locations in the story made it feel like I was reading a true crime story as opposed to fiction. The story begins when 13 year old Julie is kidnapped at knife point from her home, and the only witness is her younger sister Jane. Their parents, Anna and Tom , search for years for their missing daughter to no avail, until one evening, the doorbell rings and they open the door to discover that Julie has returned to them on her own. Or has she? The plot progresses weaving in stories from the past. Are they Julie’s stories, or has a con artist taken advantage of this emotionally fragile family? And what does a Houston mega-church pastor (a la Joel Osteen) have to do with all of this? This book had me up well beyond my bedtime to find out exactly what was going on. Good as Gone hits all the marks for a great summer read.
When I read the synopsis for this book, I certainly did not expect the level of tension that the author was able to build into this story. What I thought was going to be a road trip story centered around a marriage on the rocks, turned into something that felt almost like Hitchcock’s Rear Window.
Maggie and Mark, along with their dog Gerome, set out on a road trip to visit Mark’s parents in Virginia. Mark is hoping that this much needed vacation will allow Maggie to continue to heal from a mugging that happened to her. Maggie has become obsessed with “victim stories” and “bad news” leaving Mark considering having an affair with one of his university students. A series of storms along the drive lead Maggie and Mark to a far out of the way hotel where they both make realizations about not only themselves, but their love for one another.
Hannah Pittard masterfully built the suspense in this story to the point that I could not put this book down. As the tension builds, the person who you expect to break, isn’t the one at all.