The Last House Guest

The Last House Guest

Large Print - 2019
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A suspenseful novel about an idyllic town in Maine dealing with the suspicious death of one of their own -- and her best "summer" friend, who is trying to uncover the truth... before fingers point her way. 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.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan :, Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2019
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781432866174
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT Miranda 2019
Characteristics: 489 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Feb 20, 2020

A very disappointing read. The premise sounded very enticing but the writing let it down. It was slow, boring and no real excitement or twisty plot. A waste of a few hours.

Jan 27, 2020

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A mystery you’ll have fun trying to solve!

PLOT SUMMARY: Avery has been dealt some tough blows in her life. An orphan in her teens, she careens towards self destruction and angrily pushes away anyone who loves her. That is until she meets Sadie Loman, a rich outsider in their town who decides to make Avery her personal project. They become the best of friends, until the summer her body is found at the base of the cliffs, dead through an apparent suicide.

But Avery just cannot believe that Sadie, so full of life and energy, would have taken her own life. Wouldn’t she have seen the signs? And if it wasn’t suicide then who had reason to kill her? Or is this all just Avery’s overactive, angry imagination taking over??

PROS: I really liked the characters in this one - broken yet strong Avery, and Sadie’s character, formed in flashbacks, was very compelling as well. The plot was fast paced and the setting of Littleport was one I’d love to see for myself, if it truly exists! The ending isn’t impossible to figure out, which made it fun to read along and guess.

CONS: There is nothing wrong with this book - it’s quite a good mystery!! While there’s nothing particularly new or groundbreaking about the mystery, it has a solid, well drawn out plot - I try to judge each book as if it’s the first thriller I’ve read, that way I don’t mark authors down due to my own dissatisfaction with the genre. For me, mixing up genres always helps, that way I don’t overdose on one and become sick of it!

YES or NO: It’s a YES - as far as I’m concerned, Megan Miranda’s writing just keeps getting better and better!

4 Stars

Dec 29, 2019

Ok. Very repetitive. Best part was the last few chapters.

Excellent read! Keeps you in suspense the whole way through!

Dec 10, 2019

I loved this book, is a griping story and i wouldn't have guest the end of this all story. If you are expecting violence, or drama like gone girl, this is not for you, but it's definitely a fun and intriguing book.

Dec 07, 2019

I loved this book! I went in with 0 expectations, and didn’t think I would be into it after the first couple chapters BUT it was juicy and kept me guessing until the very, very end. I felt it was one of the few mysteries that DID lay everything out from the beginning and fully answered every clue as it went, with the biggest mystery not revealed until the very end.

Nov 19, 2019

Recommended by Polly

Oct 28, 2019

As mysteries go, this one was just ok, not thrilling and not shocking, just meh.

Oct 21, 2019

Another great pick of Reese Witherspoon's, this book was wild and thrilling the entire way through.

Aug 30, 2019

A modern murder mystery with a strong female protagonist and plenty of twists and turns. Though there were some elements that didn't quite add up or get fully explained, I still found it extremely difficult to put this book down. And of course, I couldn't even wager a guess as to what had truly happened until the very end! Totally a surprise ending!

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