Good as Gone

Good as Gone

eBook - 2016
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"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"--
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
ISBN: 9780544916074
Branch Call Number: PS3607.E567
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file

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Sep 28, 2017

I found this book on a must-read book list for the summer. I loved the story and did not find it difficult to follow like many other reviewers have mentioned. I couldn't put it down and finished it in two days. The story does move backwards and is told from different perspectives throughout, but I found that added to the story line and made the book a fast read. I highly recommend this book. One of the best ones I've read this year.

ehbooklover Sep 21, 2017

A quick, suspenseful read. I liked how the daughter's story was told backwards and I enjoyed the twists and red herrings that kept me from being able to guess what the final outcome would be.

PimaLib_ChristineR Sep 14, 2017

It's a misnomer to label this as suspense. Yes, we start with 13 year old Julie disappearing from her bedroom with a knife-wielding man. Eight years later she reappears on her parents' doorstep, but is it really her? Or is this woman playing her own game with a family already tattered by grief? That sounds suspenseful, but a lot of the book is a dissection of individuality, how well can we truly know anyone, including our children and spouses? How do people cope with severe trauma? We are shown Anna, the mother's, thought process in detail, while we are given the story of "Julie" in reverse order. With nods to Elizabeth Smart and the Santa Ana woman found in 2014, the novel explores how people move on, or fail to move on, from the severe psychological trauma of kidnapping and imprisonment, as well as the emotional toll a disappearing child can have on those left behind. Gentry's detailed setup, with alternating timelines and perspectives, creates wonderful tension as the characters try to discover the truth about each other and themselves.

Sep 06, 2017

I really liked this book. It was more captivating than the usual adventure. The thing about people not following is called a plot twist. It assumes a bit of intelligence in the reader such that transitions don’t have to be explicit. I sure hope Amy Gentry writes another book.

Aug 09, 2017

I found this book to be extremely confusing. I found it on a must-read list, but wasn't impressed. It wasn't a book that I couldn't put down, unfortunately.

Jul 21, 2017

I picked this up since it was on a "must read" list. I was terribly disappointed. The beginning had me hooked but it got so confusing with all the back and forth narrators that I didn't care to read it much longer. I wanted to find out what happened but it was painful to get through. Not a great read at all.

debwalker Apr 30, 2017

Shades of Elizabeth Smart. That's all I'm saying. Hollywood should be snapping up the film rights. A compulsive read.

Apr 30, 2017

This book was terrible and super hard to follow.

Apr 06, 2017

Along the lines of Gone Girl-but a little more confusing. Really liked the book, but didn't wrap up as neatly as I expected.

Mar 06, 2017

Written in the same vein as "Gone Girl" but with much more bouncing around of storylines. Very confusing. Ending was extremely disappointing and felt rushed.

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