Good as Gone by Amy Gentry
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.
Good as Gone is a standalone mystery/ suspense
This book was kindly gifted to me by Harper Collins New Zealand.
When I was asked by Harper Collins ‘Hey, want to read and review some books for us?’ I was all ‘duh! of course I want to live the dream’*. Good as Gone jumped out as me as being something I was going to put my name down for; I want to love those ‘suspense’ books but, to be honest, I am yet to read one and be left feeling… suspenced (and yes, I acknowledge that that is not a word). But there opportunity was, figuratively knocking on my door via my Instagram DMs and I was all ‘hey girl hey, come on in’.
Now, I promise to keep this review spoiler free but I have to say; don’t think you know what is going to happen just because you read the blurb. And also don’t think you have the story figured out two thirds of the way in because I can assure you, you do not. This story has LAYERS.
Now, just because I got this book for free, don’t be thinking I’m going to be super nice to get more free stuff, that’s not how I roll. But, for the purpose of complete transparency, let me tell you exactly how these stars came about (just like that final scene in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone):
- I award one point for creating a character I just wanted to punch in the face.
- I award one point for moving through time without giving me a headache.
- I award one point for talking about subjects that interest me.
- I award one point for making me think I have it all figured out and then LAUGHING IN MY FACE.
The feels I got from finishing this book haven’t been felt since that time I read Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. There are some books that truly leave you questioning not only ‘what did I just read?!’ but also, ‘what do I even know about the world?’. I read this whole story thinking I had it all figured out, and then I get to the end and went through this moment of putting all of these pieces together and then appreciating what Amy Gentry created with her poetic words.
There were times when I wanted to put this book down and just move straight back to my usual ‘easy to read’ genre. This was especially the case when there were all these new characters and I didn’t know what was happening. But, if I can take you back a few sentences where I refer to “this moment” and you soon realise that it was worth it.
So, in summary:this book is pretty great, Amy Gentry writes beautiful and I am so not as smart as I thought I was.
*this may not have been the exact way this conversation went down.