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Good as Gone by Amy Gentry
Thriller

Good as Gone

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by Amy Gentry

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Quick take

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.

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Member ratings (2,988)

  • 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.

  • missy g.

    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.

  • Jessica D.

    Baltimore, MD

    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.

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