Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bookish Suspense...

Julie is only 13 years old when she is abducted from her bedroom in the middle of the night in Amy Gentry's Good As Gone.  Eight long years later, she comes home. Anna, her mother, can't believe it. Having Julie back is the happy ending she never let herself hope for, or even imagine. Finally, their family is whole again.  But then Anna catches Julie in a lie. And a former detective investigating the case questions Julie's story and her identity.  Bones of a young girl are found that fit the timeline of when Julie first disappeared.  And Anna begins to wonder if the young woman claiming to be Julie is her daughter after all.

Sounds like the plot of a typical psychological suspense novel, with all the obligatory twists and turns, doesn't it?  But wow, is Good As Gone so much more than that. I started reading it after dinner one night and I could not put it down. The unique way Amy Gentry chose to tell this story is so compelling and intriguing it completely sucked me in...and it made me want to go back and read it all over again from the start when I was done. And I was not expecting that from this book! I love it when a book exceeds your expectations. And this one definitely exceeded mine. I wish I could be more specific as to why, but I don't want to risk giving anything away. It's too good to spoil. So I'll just say...
BBC series: Thirteen

Happy Reading!

But if you like the sound of this one, then you might also like these:

Baby Doll



16 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed Good As Gone! I've yet to read Baby Doll as I read some mixed reviews about it. Have you read it? If yes, how did you find it?

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    1. Yes, I read Baby Doll and I did like it; the whole thing with the twin sisters, one who was abducted and one who wasn't, gave it some very unique twists. :)

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  2. I've had a draft ready for a book with a similar premise and have gone back to edit a bit at the end to mention Gentry's book, which I've added to my list!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read it; it's a good one! :)

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  3. Sounds exciting but similar to that show on ABC called The Family.

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    1. Haven't seen the show. Is it good?

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  4. As I was reading the synopsis, I thought ... yeah, I've read too many books with that plot line, but it sounds as if this one has some unique aspects. I'm definitely going to give it a go!

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    1. It's the way that Gentry tells this story that made me like it so much...though I wasn't sure I was going to at first. But I'm very glad I persisted. Because it was worth it. :)

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  5. It is great when a book lives UP to your expectations…but then to go beyond? Fantastic! And I love it when the end of a book makes me re-think everything previously contained in the story (in a good way, head trippy way, at least. Sometimes this is done for cheap effect). This sounds like a winner!

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    1. I did really enjoy this one! A lot! But then, the books I read right before it were just okay, so that might have made this one seem even better in comparison. ;) (You know how that goes, right?)

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  6. Amy Gentry's book sounds so good! I will definitely have to give that one a try.

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    1. I hope you like it! Let me know what you think. :)

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  7. Wow! Don't you love it when books turn out to be better than expected? I've discovered some of my favourites this way.

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  8. You're right, the plot synopsis doesn't sound like anything unique. I'm glad it surprised you in the best of ways. I'll have to keep a look out for it,

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    1. i was hoping for good on this one but I got better than good. This turned out to be a great read for me. :)

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