25 Stars rounded down.
Twisty and Turny Sadie Loman and Avery Greer had been best friends for years when Sadie s body was found the night after a party Police suspected that she took her own life, though Avery never believed it Now, a year later, Avery has decided to search for clues to prove that someone murdered her best friend Told in two timelines, the night of the party, and the summer after, the suspects are those who attended the party Everyone who went had something to hide and you know what they say about secrets The Last House Guest is full of mystery, a web of lies and twists and turns galore Unfortunately for me, this is a novel in which there was simply way too much going on and sometimes, less is That being said, this was a quick easy read which kept my interest from the get go Having read all of Megan Miranda s novels to date, All the Missing Girls is still my favorite I am however a huge fan and can t wait to see what Ms Miranda comes up with next This was another fabulous buddy read with Ms Kaceey Thank you to Edelweiss and NetGalley, Simon and Schuster and Megan Miranda for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on Edelweiss, NetGalley and Goodreads on 4.
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19 Please take my review with a grain of salt, as I have many friends who have loved this in the range of 4 5 stars, but The Last House Guest fell short of the mark for me Awhile back, I fell head over heels for Miranda s All the Missing Girls the reverse narration and plot resolution have stuck with me for YEARS now, which is a rarity due to the many books juggling for attention in my dwindling memory space It could be that I ve simply consumed so many psychological thrillers that read in a similar manner with a similar follow through, or it could be that my connection to ATMG was a one and done deal, but I ve juggled my expectations and struggled with each adult novel the author has released since my first love affair with her writing I don t want to ramble, or repost the synopsis here for you, so I ll keep this brief in saying that there s not really anything wrong with this book, it just wasn t attention grabbing In a vast sea of psych thrillers, domestic suspense, and female driven mysteries, I m already finding myself grasping to remember the plot, as I m either confusing it with other stories I ve recently read or just didn t find it compelling enough to remember in its detailed entirety I still don t regret reading it, as the ending was a step up from many of the novels I ve read lately in this genre, and the brevity in length made it a fast novel to devour, so I think I ll sign off by recommending The Last House Guest to those looking for a breezy summer suspenseful tale, as they will enjoy this one than I didMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
A Reese Witherspoon X Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick And New York Times Bestseller Once Again, Megan Miranda Has Crafted The Perfect Summer Thriller Riley Sager, New York Times Bestselling Author Of The Last Time I Lied The Summer After A Wealthy Young Summer Guest Dies Under Suspicious Circumstances, Her Best Friend Lives Under A Cloud Of Grief And Suspicion In This Clever, Stylish Mystery That Will Seize Readers Like A Riptide Publishers Weekly, Starred Review Featuring Dizzying Plot Twists And Multiple Surprise Endings The New York Times Book Review 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 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 A Riveting read From Master Of Suspense, Megan Miranda, Mary Kubica, New York Times Bestselling Author Of The Good Girl The Last House Guest Is A Smart, Twisty read That Brilliantly Explores The Elusive Nature Of Memory And The Complexities Of Female Friendships Dull and Dreary The Last House Guest is a slow burn mystery about a girl from the wrong side of the tracks whose world is shattered when her best friend is found dead of an apparent suicide Littleport, Maine is a town built on a class divide between the townies and wealthy vacationers After a rich girl kills herself, her best friend begins to question the events that led up to the suicide Alternating timelines from the past and present lead to secrets being unearthed.
I had such high hopes for this book I knew going in it wasn t going to be All the Missing Girlsand I tried to lower my expectations but I apparently didn t lower them enough My issues started right off the bat when just couldn t connect with Avery, who is the narrator of The Last House GuestI actually pushed this book to the side and started reading another When I came back to it the second time around, I actually liked it than when I initially started reading it I slowly started to connect with the narrative but I was never able to fully immerse myself in the world of Littleport The Last House Guest is lacking in tension, suspense, drama, finesse, and depth I needed I was expecting However, this is not a total failure The foundation is there, but overall it felt incomplete There are times when the mystery is intriguing and some of the revelations about Avery s past made me want to know about Avery in the present At the same time, I was never able to get fully pulled into the story I didn t care enough to about the characters, but I did care enough to finish the book and see how things would play out It got better towards the end, but then it all crashed and burned once again in the final pages I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
3 for this slow burn mystery about a girl whose world is shattered when her best friend is found dead of an apparent suicideThis book had so much promise I was drawn to the plot immediately Avery Greer, a townie girl with a troubled past is essentially taken in by Sadie Loman, the daughter of an affluent vacation family in Maine The girls are inseparable for decades Avery becomes enmeshed within the Loman family and their business, overseeing their properties in town All is perfect in Avery s world until the summer Sadie dies Even though her death was ruled a suicide, Avery feels the suspicion and blame cast on her Avery is determined to find out what happened to her best friend Was Sadie s life as picture perfect as it seemed What secrets was she harboring that drove her to suicide Told in alternating timelines between the past and present, we put the pieces together surrounding Sadie s death with Avery While The Last House Guest was filled with mystery, secrets, lies and deceit, it left me wanting It just never had that wow factor for me The story was good but I never really felt connected with the characters They were almost too cliche the poor girl with the troubled past, the rebellious rich girl, the rich playboy, the domineering, callous matriarch and the money hungry patriarch The whole thing had a Lifetime movie vibe that I just didn t fully buy into It s not one that stands out from the crowd I didn t hate it, I just wasn t love it either.
Tumultuous, puzzling, a twisty page turner Oh my goodness where do I even start with this bookso let s just say I have to go back and read the whole book over again well because that ending is making me want to do it LOLThis book reads extremely fast but while I was reading it though I was never fully immersed in this tale There was nothing that was grabbing me here until well the end and then it s like I wish that I would have spent the time with this book before reaching the end The book is just as puzzling as the author s writing style and that is all I m going to say.
So I was definitely 3 stars all the way until I reached the ending which has made me bump it up to 4 stars Take the time with this one.
Norma s Stats Cover Stunning, striking, suspenseful, mesmerizing, impressive, impactful and fitting representation to storyline coverlove This book wins my vote for best cover design ever Title Intriguing, relevant, suspenseful and a fitting representation to storyline Writing Prose Engaging, vivid, awkward, puzzling, readable, tense, and well written Okay, I know I m all over the place with the author s writing style but for the most part I found the writing style quite puzzling and thought it was packed full of riddles Then the ending.
Plot Fast paced, suspenseful, twisty, puzzling, entertaining, enjoyable, and somewhat underwhelming until closer to the end Ending Oh my goodness what an absolutely fabulous resolution that totally flabbergasted me I don t know if I was just so uninterested in the whole storyline in the beginning that I just wasn t retaining any of it but let me tell you that ending definitely brought the whole book home for me So good Overall Although I mostly had a problem with the execution throughout most of this book the ending definitely made up for it This was a Traveling Friends read and everyone else loved it and really didn t have the same reading experience with this book as I did So I would definitely recommend to give this one a try and how can you not with a cover like this one Thank you so much to Simon Schuster Canada and Megan Miranda for gifting me a copy of this beautiful book Did I already mention that I am rocking that cover LOLReview can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog This is another book that had a very interesting premise and started off great A young woman, Sadie has been found dead It s ruled a suicide but there are those in town who blame Sadie s longtime friend, Avery For me, this sounded great But it didn t deliver on the wow factor I was looking for As Avery tries to find out the truth, we learn there is to each character than meets the eye Secrets are the name of the game here Many characters have them but has the most revealing one This could have been a much juicier tale in my opinion It was good but not great Maybe it was me having high hopes for this one but at times, I found my attention dragging Plus, I wish the chapters headers would have been clearer Overall, a good book surrounding the mystery of what happened to Sadie was it really a suicide, was it murder, was it an accident There were quite a few reveals at the end which helped my enjoyment, but will I remember this book in months to come Probably not But this could be a case of it was me and not the book I still look forward to reading books by this author in the future Again, this was enjoyable but I just wanted a little bit from this one More excitement, likability of the characters, oomph in the middle to keep my attention.
Thank you to Simon Schuster and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
This is the second book I ve read from Megan Miranda and as with her prior book The Perfect Stranger, this one just didn t meet my expectations.
Sadie and Avery are the best of friends As with most besties, they know each other inside and out, front to back So when Sadie s body is discovered from an apparent suicide Avery is certain Sadie would never take her own life, and is determined to find who murdered her friend Told from Avery s POV in the present and past timelines.
While I was engaged by the story line, the execution never grabbed me I couldn t develop a connection with the players and was left wanting something With a good number of great reviews out there for this book, I do hope it works out better for you.
I do still have Megan Miranda s All the Missing Girls sitting on my shelf and look forward to reading that one soon Hoping that one will have the Wow factor I ve been looking for in her books.
A buddy read with Susanne Thank you to NetGalley, Edelweiss, Simon Schuster and Megan Miranda for an ARC to read and review.
This is my second book by the author and I have to say she s great at creating small town with lots of secrets It was a very quick and easy beach read even happens in a beach town Compelling enough to finish it but not enough that you ll skip on your vacation to stay in your room to read it.
It s also probably one of the best covers I ve seen this year The colors, the view through the window and the 3D rain drops were a nice touch With that said, I did feel like the characters were quick to confess every details to each other and most of the twists were easy to see coming a few pages before the main character figured them out.
I would recommend if you re looking for a quick fun summer read I ve known enough of loss to accept that grief may lose its sharpness with time, but memory only tightens Moments replay.
A few years back, Megan Miranda s story told in reverse, All the Missing Girls, found me so impressed I scrambled to secure a treasured copy of my very own Meaning, I went out of my way to track down a personalized signed copy from one of her book tour stops That hardcover now owns a rare piece of real estate among my collection of greats I only mention this tidbit because it lends credibility to my expectations and subsequent disappointment with her recent work With two of Miranda s releases since ATMG, The Perfect Stranger and now The Last House Guest, I ve gone in hoping she would somehow emulate my initial experience with her storytelling That the literary journey I was preparing to embark on would prove to be something other than typical Maybe even memorable Now, after two bouts of mediocre reading, it s clear that s probably never going to happen My reasoning behind that thought 1 it s a very real possibility that I built ATMG up to be something than it actually was, 2 my pickiness is at an all time high as of late, and 3 chances are my newly acquired skepticism won t allow me to give her work another shot.
In all fairness, The Last House Guest starts off with immense promise Miranda builds anticipation with her writing wizardry, piecing together thoughts and passages in an interesting way Attention grabbing some might even say Although, I have to admit, the pages I turned, the my interest dwindled The blah happenings, uninspired cast, and messy timeline worked against the author s style, muting the overall impact of her sentence structures.
And that right there the blah is my biggest gripe with this novel The author relies heavily on her scattered timeline to put a fresh spin on what s become a tired narrative running rampant through the genre Unfortunately, it s not only the mystery itself that s less than impressive, but also the cast Miranda employs to tell it Talk about an undeserving bunch There s no depth or redeeming qualities to cling to Not one single person over the course of 341 pages convinced me to care.
Turns out, for this reader, the best part of the entire book was the setting The Last House Guest welcomes readers to a picturesque town along the coast of Maine a harbor community that thrives from Memorial to Labor Day And for those locals and visitors lucky enough to garner an invite, the Plus One party promises the perfect boozy salute to the summer season Miranda deploys the old time has passed since the death of insert person here , let s take a fresh look and see if we can figure out what really happened, eh scenario This particular case involving the poor townie and reformed bad girl, Avery, trying her hand at detective work Piecing together memories of that fateful night her seasonal rich girl bestie failed to make it to the Plus One party Choosing to forgo the celebration, Sadie says goodbye to the world along a rocky shore As the one year anniversary beckons, nagging thoughts force Avery to think twice about the suicide label attached to Sadie s demise The run of the mill plot helped along by a series of coincidences, resurfacing memories, and an oddball interaction or two And the ending, not completely obvious or horrible, per se I d go with unremarkable insteadThanks to Simon Schuster for providing an advanced copy.