Good As Gone
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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.
It’s been a great month. I’ve read plenty of books and I’ve loved pretty much all of them. Still, Good As Gone has been one of my favorites. This is a short book (less than 300 pages), so of course I read it all in one day. Another psychological thriller, but an unforgettable one.
At first, the story seems like one you’ve read many times before. Julie was kidnapped when she was thirteen and she was never found. Eight years later, a woman claiming to be Julie comes home unexpectedly and everyone is so happy to have her back that they don’t actually see that there are holes in her story and Julie might be lying about what happened.
I loved how this ended up being totally different from what I expected from the first few pages. And no, the story didn’t surprise me (I guessed what happened early on, but then again, it was what I wanted), but I didn’t mind. I loved reading how everything came to be.
The author did something quite original and smart with the chapters, told by different perspectives but with a fun twist. I think this was a great decision and made me love the book even more. At first I was a bit confused and thought I didn’t understand what was going on, but then it all clicked.
My only complaint is that the book focuses a lot on Anna (Julie’s mother) while the father and the other daughter are only in the background. I wanted to know more about Jane and I felt like her side of the story deserved more pages. Other than that, this was as fascinating as addictive
I’d recommend Good As Gone to anyone who loves psychological thrillers. Amy Gentry is definitely one author to keep an eye on and I’ll surely read her next books. P.S: LOVE the cover.
I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.