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Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

Thriller

Good as Gone

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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.

Member ratings (3,005)

  • Tracie C.

    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

  • Maggie S.

    Poulsbo, 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!

  • Stephanie C.

    Miami, FL

    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.

  • Layna L.

    Winchester, VA

    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.

  • Kelli N.

    Oakwood, OH

    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.

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First Lie Wins
No One Can Know
House of Glass
Middle of the Night
Listen for the Lie
A Talent for Murder
One Perfect Couple
Darling Girls
Kill for Me, Kill for You
Bad Tourists
Murder Road
Daughter of Mine
The Fury
Only if You’re Lucky
The Other Mothers
When I’m Dead
The Soulmate
What Lies in the Woods
She Started It
The Only One Left
Dark Corners
Blacktop Wasteland
All the Dangerous Things
The Only Survivors
The Broken Girls
The Family Game
The Push
We Were Never Here
Things We Do in the Dark
The Golden Couple
The Collective
The Stranger Upstairs
Gone Tonight
Too Good to Be True
The Last Word
You Are Not Alone
Rock Paper Scissors
Not a Happy Family
A Flicker in the Dark
The Last Flight
Reckless Girls
The House Across the Lake
The Wife Upstairs
The Last Thing He Told Me
The Maidens
Everything We Didn't Say
Invisible Girl
The Paris Apartment
You're Invited
The Last Party
Dark Places
Pieces of Her
The Wife Between Us
Sharp Objects
None of This Is True
The Silent Patient
The Winter Sister
The Other Woman
Necessary People
The Family Upstairs
The Night Swim
Girl A
The Hunting Wives
Just Another Missing Person
First Born
The Lies I Tell
Breathless