Title: The Last House Guest
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: June 18, 2019
Page Count: 352
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
Littleport, Maine, has always felt like two separate towns: an ideal vacation enclave for the wealthy, whose summer homes line the coastline; and a simple harbor community for the year-round residents whose livelihoods rely on service to the visitors.
Typically, fierce friendships never develop between a local and a summer girl—but that’s just what happens with visitor Sadie Loman and Littleport resident Avery Greer. Each summer for almost a decade, the girls are inseparable—until Sadie is found dead. While the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie’s brother, Parker, who blame her. Someone knows more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name, before the facts get twisted against her.
Another thrilling novel from the bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger, Megan Miranda’s The Last House Guest is a smart, twisty read with a strong female protagonist determined to make her own way in the world.
The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda is a thriller that is told from the viewpoint of the main character in two different timelines. One time frame is that of the summer that the death in question in the book occurs and then another the following summer.
Littleport, Maine is a town in which the rich often vacation in during the summers and the locals cater to them while they are there. Normally there aren’t any friendships between the residents and vacationers but Avery Greer and Sadie Loman were an exception… that is until Sadie is found dead, the death ruled a suicide, but was it really murder?
I discovered Megan Miranda a couple of years ago with All the Missing Girls and loved it. Since then I’ve read a couple of others and also enjoyed those so color me shocked when picking this one up and finding myself feeling like it was dragging on and on. Maybe it was me or my mood as you have all the elements of a good thriller there but it just did not stand out to me. The characters are all suspicious with lies uncovered throughout but I didn’t connect to them so for me this one was just so-so and probably will become forgettable.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of ALL THE MISSING GIRLS and THE PERFECT STRANGER. She has also written several books for young adults, including FRACTURE, THE SAFEST LIES, and FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children.
COME FIND ME is her newest book for young adults. Her next adult suspense, THE LAST HOUSE GUEST, will be published on June 18th, 2019.
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