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The Last House Guest: A Novel

The Last House Guest: A Novel

Scris de Megan Miranda

Povestit de Rebekkah Ross


The Last House Guest: A Novel

Scris de Megan Miranda

Povestit de Rebekkah Ross

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4/5 (602 evaluări)
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10 hours
Lansat:
Jun 18, 2019
ISBN:
9781508251491
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Nota editorului

Book club pick…

Reese Witherspoon ended summer with what she dubs “the ultimate thriller” as her Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine pick for August 2019. “Picture this: It’s the last night of summer in Littleport, Maine and Avery Greer discovers her best friend is missing. Was she murdered? Was it a suicide? This story will have you guessing until the very end,” Witherspoon wrote in the announcement post.

Descriere

From the acclaimed New York Times best-selling author of All the Missing Girls, a suspenseful new novel about an idyllic town in Maine dealing with the suspicious death of one of their own — and her best “summer” friend, who is trying to uncover the truth...before fingers point her way.

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 Avery Greer and Littleport resident Sadie Loman. 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 best-selling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger, Megan Miranda’s The Last House Guest is a smart, twisty listen with a strong female protagonist determined to make her own way in the world.

Lansat:
Jun 18, 2019
ISBN:
9781508251491
Format:
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Despre autor

Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger, The Last House Guest, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, and The Girl from Widow Hills. She has also written several books for young adults, including Come Find Me, Fragments of the Lost, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter and Instagram, @AuthorMeganMiranda on Facebook, or visit MeganMiranda.com.


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  • (5/5)
    Kept me intrigued until the end! The author did a great job of describing places and people so well that I could picture them as I read. I also enjoyed that the characters had depth, no one was all good or all bad, so I really had no sense of "whodunnit"!
  • (5/5)
    Couldn't figure out who did it till the very end!
  • (5/5)
    The relationship between true friendship regardless of their social status, the mystery and how far powerful people would to protect their own! Loved it.
  • (3/5)
    Not as shocking as I would have wanted it to be. But still worth the read. Miranda does well when it comes to writing characters and scenery that really immerses the reader.
  • (3/5)
    Es una buena historia, que te lleva a querer resolver el misterio. Me mareo un poco en un momento con la linea temporal, pero no es tan difícil de seguir. En un momento la historia se hizo un poco lenta, y eso hace que mi calificación baje un poco. Me recordó un poco a la serie "Revenge" por el lugar y algunos de los personajes.
  • (4/5)
    Binged this heartily. Avy investigates the death of her best friend who plummeted to her death on the rocky Maine coast. Is Avy a reliable narrator of her story? Was her friend’s death an accident or something more insidious? Who is telling the truth? Can she trust her own memory? As the tractor beam of police interest captures her in its spotlight she races to deliver the evidence that will absolve herself before she is cast as the perpetrator.
  • (5/5)
    A little slow at first and then it really picks up! Great book to listen to while driving or cleaning around the house.
  • (5/5)
    I usually figure out the "Who done it" right away but this book had me changing who I thought did it a few times and not knowing for sure until near the end! Loved it!
  • (4/5)
    I liked this book - it was about young college kids - but it was still a good listen.
  • (4/5)
    I was hooked! Interesting perspective of best friend trying to figure out what happened. There was enough to keep you guessing until the end.
  • (5/5)
    Amazing! Keeps you guessing the entire time..all the way till the end!?
  • (4/5)
    Well-written, very engaging. Great characters! Would recommend this book to others!
  • (2/5)
    This story could have been told in 10 chapters. Most of the book is just fillers. Way to slow and way to long for this plot. I only listened the whole thing because I've already wasted hours on it so I hoped the end would be somewhat interesting
  • (5/5)
    Wow! Brilliant. Kept me guessing right until the end. 5 stars
  • (2/5)
    A slow and tedious read, no real thrill or suspense. The characters are not very engaging and the character driven storyline is dull. Thumbs down on this one. No real wow factor
  • (4/5)
    I enjoy this author and the story was ok, it was a bit confusing sometimes trying to keep up with the times and years. Overall interesting.
  • (4/5)
    It was a complex plot with many twists n turns. Sometimes hard to follow. Good ending with surprises.
  • (4/5)
    I like it when the underdog wins. Worth the read
  • (4/5)
    It was a little difficult to follow the story at first, but as it neared the end it began to make more sense as to what was going on.
  • (5/5)
    Kept my interest to the very end. I can’t wait to read the next novel.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book!!! The story was interesting and didn’t include overly describe everything or give too much unnecessary information. The narrators voice was nice and easy to listen to. I definitely recommend this book!
  • (5/5)
    This is an exceptionally well written book. It caught me at the beginning and kept me guessing to the very end. I loved it!
  • (3/5)
    I'm feeling kind of... meh. I finished this book two days ago and I'm already forgetting the details.The story is told via alternating timelines. The summer of 2018 is the present and the summer of 2017 is when all the bad stuff happened. It starts strong, with an intriguing premise and a great setting. Initially, Avery's past is shrouded in mystery and I wanted to know more. I was intrigued by the details of Sadie's death.Then we get to know Avery and all the other characters, and herein lies my problem. None of the characters are likable. They're wealthy and entitled, or they're envious and bitter. They're caricatures, stereotypes, irritating. And they're linear. We see no growth, no hidden facets of personality that make a person unique and interesting. For me, psychological suspense relies on a strong connection to the characters, and I didn't have that here. The plot does have a couple nice twists that many readers won't see coming. The pacing is slow and there's a lot of drama, but the writing is good and that kept me reading.*I received a review copy from the publisher via Amazon Vine.*
  • (4/5)
    Avery Greer and Sadie Loman are best friends who live in Lilliport in Maine. Every year there is an annual party where everybody attends. This year Sadie doesn't show and is shortly found dead. Her death is ruled as suicide but Avery thinks otherwise and needs to find out the truth.The premise of the book appealed to me even though it's isn't anything new. This is the first time reading a book by this author for me and I quite enjoyed it.The story goes back and forth from now, which is a year after the party and back to the events of the night of the party. The reader follows Avery as she uncovers what really happened. As like other thrillers Avery has to decide who she can trust as she goes along.The story paced quite nicely and I really was invested in the story. At times I had my own suspicions but was totally wrong and didn't guess the who at the end. It did give the story that unexpected twist which for me can make or break a book.Overall I enjoyed this read which didn't bore me and kept my interest. I will read more by this author in the future. Thank you to the publisher via Readers First for the opportunity to read and review the book.
  • (4/5)
    Avery is left with her grandmother's house after she passes, a wealthy family buys it, and they hire Avery to manage this house and their entire neighborhood of exclusive, rented summer cottages.Avery is an excellent manager, becomes friends with the Lowman's daughter, Sadie, and is treated like family, and then is faced with Sadie's death that is being ruled as a suicide. Avery knows Sadie wouldn't kill herself and especially on the night of the annual Plus-One end-of-the-summer party.Avery stuck to her theory that Sadie didn't commit suicide, and she found a few things to prove the police investigation hadn't been thorough and that no one could be trusted. Her investigation made me nervous, though, because of the way she went about gathering evidence.We move from chapter to chapter telling the before and after of Avery and Sadie's friendship and of the goings on at the rental community. Was Sadie really Avery’s friend or did she think of Avery as the help and pretend to be her friend? Was anyone really Avery's friend?I was a bit confused at first about what was going, but once Avery found evidence and clues about what really happened and things were revealed, the interest kicked up.THE LAST HOUSE GUEST will be for you if you enjoy a beach setting, characters that have secrets, characters that are broken, and a mystery that keeps you guessing.The ending is definitely a surprise. 4/5This book was given to me as ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • (4/5)
    Avery manages all of the season rental properties for a wealthy family in a small ocean side town. During their teen years, Avery and the daughter of this family, Sadie, became best of friends. However, Sadie died, an event attributed to suicide. But years later, Avery finds out some hard truths and who was behind so many of the things that happened in her life. This was a great summer beach read.
  • (5/5)
    Juicy little tale, perfect for me and a book binge on holidays. Every small town has secrets. Every small town has that family. The one that everyone knows, the one that funds so much, the one the town caters to. And maybe they have secrets too. Avery lives in a town like this; Littleport, on the coast of Maine. A chance meeting with a member of the golden family, Sadie Loman, turns into a close friendship. And just like that, Avery thinks she has found where she belongs. With the death years ago of her parents, she has no family and the Lomans seemed to have let her in, making her part of their beautiful life. But that last year, the death of Sadie changed all that. Even though they had a bit of a falling out, Avery does not believe the cause of death as suicide. Now it’s the next summer. Odd things are happening at the properties of the Lomans. And Avery starts investigating on her own to find out what Sadie knew that may have gotten her killed. Who can she trust? Parker, the golden boy? Connor, the old boyfriend that didn’t end well? Greg, the one who calls her Sadie’s monster? Grant Loman, patriarch, who funded her education and gave her a job and home? The police?This book starts at the end of the summer of 2017 and goes back and forth from 2017 then to 2018 giving the summer events and what led up to the present. This is a definite binge book that I finished in the wee hours of the morning on holidays as I couldn’t put it down. A solid 4 1/2 for me!
  • (3/5)
    For most of the year residents in the harbour community of the attractive small town of Littleport, Maine live a simple life, managing to eke out a living during the “lean” months of the year – from early autumn until the huge influx of affluent holidaymakers descends for the lucrative summer season. These wealthy families fill all the rental properties and support all those businesses which exist just for these few weeks of each year, merely to meet their needs. Their presence is something of a mixed blessing, mainly because many local people are unable to afford to buy desirable properties because any which do become available are bought, at inflated prices, to be used as yet more holiday rentals. However, as many of the local people rely on making enough money during the holiday season to see them through the rest of the year, any feelings of resentments are accompanied by a degree of ambivalence. This creates a powerful sense of a town divided between the “haves and the have nots”, with each group being regarded as distinctly separate and with friendships between the two being almost unheard of. However, one exception is the six-year friendship which has developed between local resident Avery Greer and Sadie, daughter of Bianca and Grant Loman, the wealthy owners of a large portfolio of summer-rental properties in the town.When she was fourteen Avery’s parents were killed in a car accident and she was then cared for by her grandmother. For a time, her subsequent wild behaviour resulted in her being seen as “trouble” so when, following the death of her grandmother, she and Sadie become friends, she is surprised that the Loman family appears to accept their unlikely friendship. Grant, appearing to recognise her potential, pays for her to take some business courses, buys her late grandmother’s house to add to his other properties and, in addition to giving Avery a job, gives her a place to stay in the family’s guest house. She gradually takes on more and more responsibility, eventually managing and overseeing the family’s assets in the town throughout the year.To mark the end of each summer season there is always a “Plus-One” party, a much-anticipated highlight of the social calendar. However, at the 2017 event Sadie, although expected, doesn’t appear at the party and late in the evening her body is found at the foot of the cliffs. Although the police rule her death a suicide, as she discovers more information about her friend’s final hours, Avery begins to think otherwise and is determined to get to the truth, even though some of the new information she uncovers appears to throw suspicion on her. As the 2018 Plus-One party approaches, coinciding with a memorial service for Sadie, tension increases as more evidence emerges to contradict the suicide verdict, but can Avery uncover the facts which will prove her innocence, especially when Sadie’s brother Parker and a local detective seem intent on proving she is guilty of killing her friend. With Avery as the narrator, the timelines in this story switch between 2017 and 2018. Her recollections and reflections gradually reveal her own troubled background and the various events which led to the friendship which developed between her and Sadie. Through these reflections it soon becomes apparent that their relationship was complex and that her perceptions of their closeness were not universally accepted by either the residents of Littleport, or the Loman family. The one belief the two sides do appear to share is that Avery had found various ways to worm her way into the family but was little more than an obsessed “hanger-on”, a gold-digger: a perception she is determined to disprove. I found that this story had some strengths in depicting the tensions which so often exist in the relationships between the “haves and have-nots” in communities which rely on the patronage of wealthy holidaymakers. However, I thought that there was far too much repetition in Avery’s recollections of the night of the 2017 party and found my mind wandering during many of these sections of the book. I thought that the tension which could have been generated – by storyline of a series of break-ins, power-cuts and various strange happenings at the rental properties, all of which contributed to Avery feeling she was under constant surveillance – was never quite achieved. I think that this was partly due to the frequent switches between past and present, but I think it was also because I found it difficult to care sufficiently about any of the characters who, with the exception of Connor (a local friend), seemed rather stereotypical and lacking in any real depth. Some of the twists and turns of the plotting were intriguing and appealing but these were offset by others which required considerably more suspension of disbelief than I found possible to achieve! Although I had already guessed the denouement sometime before the end of the story, I do think that the way in which this was eventually revealed was well executed, but in some ways this only added to my frustration that the story had the potential to be so much more engaging and satisfying than I ultimately found it. On a more positive note, as I know the coastal areas of Maine well I very much enjoyed how the author’s evocative descriptions transported me back to a place which holds memories of happy holidays – to a large extent these were what encouraged me to carry on reading! With thanks to Corvus and Readers First for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest opinion.
  • (4/5)
    This is a better-than-decent domestic thriller, atmospherically set in coastal Maine and heavy on the townies-vs-rich-interlopers trope. Avery's best friend, rich girl Sadie, dies in the opening chapter, and the timeline goes forward and back to determine the cause. Avery, townie, is mentored by the uber-wealthy Loman family - a ruthless and slick tycoon father, icy mom, innocent daughter Sadie, and history-of-violence brother Parker - after a tragic car accident destroys her family. There are just enough red herrings and a surprising twist to make this a suspenseful read, though it's a bit heavy on the cliches.
  • (5/5)
    Awesome Loved it! Highly recommend this book. Very well written.