The Last Houseguest by Megan Miranda
Publishing June 18, 2019 by Simon & Schuster
The Last Houseguest by Megan Miranda is a psychological thriller.
First, let me thank Edelweiss, the publisher Simon & Schuster, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Avery Greer grew up in the small coastal town of Littleport Maine. A small town with an “us and them” attitude – the locals and the people who came for the summer. A division exists.
Avery was 14 when a car accident killed her parents, and so she was left in her grandmother’s care. But when her grandmother passed away, Avery barely graduated. Her alcohol consumption and overall bad behaviour threatened everything. Then she met Sadie Loman, a summer resident. Avery was enamored with Sadie, and Sadie seemed interested in Avery’s bad-girl adventures. Over the next ten years they became fast friends and Sadie became her family. Eventually Avery ended up working for the Lomans as the property manager of their summer rentals.
While everyone is at an end of summer party, Sadie’s body is found at the bottom of a cliff, the result of an apparent suicide. Avery is lost. She has no one. A year passes and evidence starts appearing that seems to imply that Sadie may not have jumped. Avery turns it over to the police, hoping that they will re-open the investigation, thereby proving what she knew all along. Sadie would never have jumped. Unfortunately, everything is now pointing in her direction, and somehow she will have to prove her own innocence, while still getting justice for her friend.
I have enjoyed other books by this author much more than this one. The book’s premise showed promise. However, the first half, maybe more, was slow….really slow, and although it did end up being a good book overall, it was hard not to set it aside for a really rainy day (maybe hurricane force wind and rain). When it finally showed promise again, it was too late, but it was enough to push it to three stars.
Again, the plot was good, but the way the story was told just left confusion. I usually like the books told in the before and after, but this one just didn’t work. It just seemed disjointed, and slow. I didn’t like any of the characters, not even Avery. She seemed very needy, and a little paranoid.
So, overall, it was okay…..but definitely not one of her best.
Read: June, 2019
Favorite Quotes from The Last Houseguest:
“I’ve known enough of loss to accept that grief may lose its sharpness with time, but memory only tightens. Moments replay.”
“Obsession was the gravity that kept you in orbit, a force you were continually spiraling toward, even when you were looking away.”
About the Author: Megan Miranda is an American author and has had two books on the New York Times Bestseller list. She writes books for adults as well as some aimed at the YA crowd. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children.
I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2782084597