Book Title and Author: The Last House Guest Megan Miranda
Publication Date and Publisher: June 18, 2019 by Simon & Schuster
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Pages: 336 pages
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Date Read: May 10, 2019 (e-ARC)
Littleport, Maine is like two separate towns: a vacation paradise for wealthy holidaymakers and a simple harbor community for the residents who serve them. Friendships between locals and visitors are unheard of – but that’s just what happened with Avery Greer and Sadie Loman.
Each summer for a decade the girls are inseparable – until Sadie is found dead. When 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.
Megan Miranda’s backward told thriller, All the Missing Girls, made me an instant fan since it completely blew my mind and remains an all-time favorite thriller, so I was thrilled to get an e-ARC of The Last House Guest, one of my most anticipated summer reads. The Last House Guest is an extremely readable summer suspense, one to put in your pool or beach bag for a quick, entertaining read.
Littleport, Maine is a town where the rich come every year to spend their summer vacations. Avery Greer is one of the locals, yet she becomes best friends with Sadie Loman, daughter of THE Lomans, the family who owns most of the town. Soon Avery moves into the guest house on the Loman’s property and is given a job as the property manager for all their rentals homes in town.
The two girls become like sisters, telling each other everything so when Sadie dies by apparent suicide, Avery doesn’t believe it—after all, Sadie had everything to live for. A year after Sadie’s death, Avery is more convinced Sadie’s death was anything but a suicide, especially when new evidence is uncovered that shows Avery might just be right but puts her at the top of the suspect list. Was it an accident or was it murder? Or was it really suicide? How will Avery prove she’s innocent without getting caught up in secrets and lies surrounding Sadie’s death?
Miranda tells this story through Avery’s eyes with shifting narratives from the summers of 2017 and 2018. The tension builds from the summer of Sadie’s death leading up to Avery’s investigation.
The mystery in The Last House Guest is solid, the writing is fast-paced and well done, and the ending is totally unexpected and original.
This is definitely a light suspense read that’s perfect, like I said, for a day at the beach or pool!
**Thank you, NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the ARC. All opinions are my own.**