In a world cluttered with lousy thrillers, Amy Gentry's Good As Gone is a gem—a multi-layered mystery—of kidnapping, and reappearance....
Why I love it
Julie Whitaker was thirteen when she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom while her younger sister watched helplessly. For the next two decades, with no clues and no body, the Whitaker family moved on as best as they could without Julie. Until one day, there's a knock on the door...
And standing there is Julie! Or, a woman claiming to be Julie. The Whitakers are so overwhelmed by her return that it doesn't occur to them that "Julie" might not be who she says she is. And when a private detective reaches out to Julie's mother with some shocking information, the family will have to confront the fact that the woman in their house may be a stranger to them in more than one way.
In a world cluttered with lousy thrillers, Amy Gentry's Good As Gone is a gem. Told in chapters that alternate between past and present, Gentry has created a multi-layered mystery—of the kidnapping, and the reappearance. It's a mystery-in-a-mystery!
And this is also the story of how the family copes with these heart-wrenching and shocking turns of events. The mother feels animosity toward her younger daughter for not calling out or getting help while Julie was being kidnapped, and the sister swims in her own guilt. From this, a giant chasm grows between them, seemingly irreparable.
Losing a child is one of the most horrible things that can happen, and with the added burden of not knowing what happened, such grief could tear a family apart. Gentry masterfully presents a believable story of a kidnapping and all the complicated factors that go along with it, with the right amount of drama, suspense, and intrigue. It is a beautiful book.
Bainbridge , WA
My first Book of the Month selection, and I'm hooked! I loved how one part of the plot line worked from past to present while the other worked present to past until they met in the middle. Great read!
Myrtle Beach, SC
I really enjoyed ready this book. The plot was amazing and sit on the edge of your seat. At times the descriptions felt like the author was trying to hard, and didn't bring anything extra to the story
As soon as I open this book there was no closing it. It was a thrill meeting each personality along with a new name the main character made to almost deal with reality to then finding herself again.
el paso, TX
You think you know, and you do, but not everything. You have to think, put it all together, undo some of it, and reconstruct it again. captivating and thoughtful, but the climax and solution were eh.
Once I got into the back-and-forth of the characters stories, I couldn't put it down. Enticing and easy to read. I also loved the way Amy presents the characters stories in separate context and time.
Washington DC, DC
Gentry delivers a suspenseful novel with her story of the awkward yet intimate reunion of a family ripped apart by a kidnapping that occurred years earlier. I loved the family dynamics at play here.
I LOVE crime shows, and this was a very interesting read for fans of that genre. Following the family of a victim, & then being able to follow the victim in reverse was very cool. Kept me on my toes!
I enjoyed this book. Good character development. I only wish the ending hadn't been tied up quite so quickly. Too many happy endings happened too quickly for all the tragedy that happened throughout.
I absolutely loved this book! The way you get an inside look from two different perspectives in two timelines tells this story so beautifully. This is by far one of the best books I have ever read.
Saint Louis, MO
Eeek! Kept me guessing throughout. I normally can't stomach kidnapping stories, but as this one works in reverse (after the happy reunion), it wasn't AS terrifying. Certainly still bone-chilling.
The author did a marvelous job of weaving later after layer of detail to paint a harrowing journey of a girl trying to get home. By the end you're left with the real question: coincidence or choice?
I was captivated by this book, both by the style of writing and the story itself. I loved the switching of perspectives and the way the characters learned about themselves as the story progressed.
At first the jumping back and forth drove me crazy but in the end I had a few late nights because I needed to know how it ended! I've passed this one around with a few friends & everyone loves it!
From beginning to end this novel was intriguing. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but as the story unfolded I was hooked. Although tough to read at times, it was so real and raw.
I love suspense, horror books most of all. I would recommend anyone to read this book. kidnappings. Things are not always what they seem. It was deeply consuming and thought-provoking. Awesome.
New York, NY
I loved this mystery/thriller and the way it was told backwards. You're certain throughout the story you know what's going on, but then the end catches you by surprise. I finished it in two days!
Huntington Beach , CA
I loved this story! One I am from Houston so it was very cool reading a story set in your home town. Two being a mother it hit home. She kept it very real while still dramatically entertaining!
The book is definitely not another Gone Girl, since both narrators are honest. These narrators just don't have all the information, or they just choose not to reveal it all to us right away.
Carle Place, NY
This book kept me on my toes. Guessing who or what she was while seeing her relationship with her mother unfold was what kept me up at night reading in the dark. I highly recommend this book.
It started off slow and I made assumptions which made me not interested, but as I kept reading I realized how wrong I was and the story weaved together beautifully and disturbingly. Loved it.