THE LAST HOUSE GUEST | Megan Miranda
06.18.2019 | Simon & Schuster
Rating: 4/5 stars
Littleport, Maine is a town that consists of two different worlds coming together to survive together. The town is known as a vacation destination for the wealthy elite to escape from the daily grind to an extensive coastline property, but it is also home for the locals who keep the harbor community alive year round. These two communities rarely come together and certainly don’t form friendships among them, but that is exactly what happens with visitor Sadie Loman and local resident Avery Greer.
Sadie and Avery met almost a decade ago through a chance encounter at a party. Each summer the girls have been inseparable, until the day the world changes forever. Sadie has been found dead. The police rule Sadie’s death as a suicide, but that conclusion doesn’t make any sense to Avery. All eyes are on Avery as rumors swirl that she was involved in Sadie’s death. She isn’t the only one with secrets in this vacation town and someone knows more than they are saying. Someone knows the truth that can clear Avery’s name.
I believe that a person can become possessed by someone else – at least in part. That one life can slip inside another, giving it shape.
Megan Miranda captivated my bookworm heart with ALL THE MISSING GIRLS and I could not wait to pick up THE LAST HOUSE GUEST the moment I heard about it. I was not disappointed at all!
THE LAST HOUSE GUEST is told through alternating timelines of present day and the summer of Sadie Loman’s death, just one year earlier. Avery Greer walks us through each of the timelines where she slowly reveals the details needed from the past and present to put this case to rest. I loved that the past timeline starts at the beginning of the party and slowly unravels what happened that night as Avery gets closer to the truth in the present timeline. This slow build up makes the story feel natural and not rushed. It’s almost as if the reader is working through the events of now and then with Avery.
I wouldn’t want to learn this story through anyone other than Avery Greer. She is the perfect main character for this book, as she was best friends with Sadie. No one knew her better than Avery, although it appears she may have missed Sadie’s deepest secrets. Their friendship isn’t perfect, but it gives an authentic feel that this book needs to make the story a success.
I’ve known enough of loss to accept that grief may lose its sharpness with time, but memory only tightens. Moments replay.
Avery is not the only fascinating character in the book. The reader gets a chance to learn more about those she has connected with throughout her life in Littleport. Miranda introduces us to those Avery held closest before she met Sadie and those that took over her new life the minute she found her way into the good graces of the wealthy tourist crowd. Each community has secrets that have been buried that will need to come to the surface in order for Avery to learn the truth. With each secret that is revealed we learn more about Avery and those she has been closest to.
If you’re looking for a summer thriller to get you through the warm days, than do yourself a favor and pick up THE LAST HOUSE GUEST! This book has everything you need with a fascinating cast of characters, a secretive vacation town, and a mystery you can’t wait to find out the truth behind.
Disclosure: Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing me with free copy in exchange for my honest review!
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