Title: The Last House Guest
Author: Megan Miranda
Length: 345 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Content Warnings: suicide
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Littleport, Maine, has always felt like two separate towns: an ideal vacation enclave for the wealthy, whose summer homes line the coastline; and a simple harbor community for the year-round residents whose livelihoods rely on service to the visitors.
Typically, fierce friendships never develop between a local and a summer girl—but that’s just what happens with visitor Sadie Loman and Littleport resident Avery Greer. Each summer for almost a decade, the girls are inseparable—until Sadie is found dead. While 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.
Another thrilling novel from the bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger, Megan Miranda’s The Last House Guest is a smart, twisty read with a strong female protagonist determined to make her own way in the world.
This book really disappointed me, especially since I went into it with such high expectations. I loved Megan Miranda’s previous thrillers, The Perfect Stranger and All the Missing Girls. And it was a Reese’s Book Club pick! But this did not live up to the hype.
This is not the thriller it was marketed as. It took me a too long to believe that there was even a mystery. I thought all of the clues and connections that convinced Avery there was more to Sadie’s death were actually very tenuous. There were too many characters and side plots that distracted from the overall story instead of contributing to it. I had to force myself to keep picking this up, and I probably would have DNF if I weren’t reading it for a buddy read on Instagram.
There were some great twists later in the book and I enjoyed how the ending played out, but for me it was too little too late. Unfortunately, this book struggled to keep up momentum, and I would recommend one of the author’s other books instead.