Good as Gone
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
As a young teenager, Julie was abducted from her family’s home in the middle of the night. Hiding in the closet as the kidnapping took place, younger sister Jane witnesses the entire ordeal. For years the family does everything they can to search for Julie, but they eventually realized that the chances of her being alive were very slim. So imagine their confusion and shock when she showed up on their doorstep one night.
As they struggle to create a new “normal” with Julie back, her mother Anna can’t get rid of the sneaking suspicion that there’s more to Julie story than meets the eye.
This was Liberty’s Book of the Month choice for the month of October, meaning she was the judge. Fangirl alert: I very rarely pass up Liberty’s book choice. If she is the judge, it is pretty much a sure thing that I will enjoy the book. So even though this was not the book my family chose for our family book club for October, I added it to my box anyway. I ended up reading it during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. It was the perfect readathon book–great length and great pacing.
I thought the way Gentry laid out the story was innovative and interesting. She revealed Julie’s past in a backwards chronological fashion, so that the reader was always wondering what had happened and where her story would go next.
This wasn’t anything groundbreaking, but definitely a great read.
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