Review: Good as Gone
Thirteen old Julie is kidnapped at knife point from her bedroom, the only witness her younger sister Jane. Terrified, Jane stays hidden for hours before alerting her parents. The family is broken and tries to work out a new normal but it’s difficult.
Eight years later, a young woman claiming to be Julie knocks on their door. The family is overjoyed at first but things change when a private investigator contacts Julie’s mother and she starts to question things. Is this young woman really Julie? Is her story true?
GOOD AS GONE by Amy Gentry is told from multiple points of view so the reader is kept on edge the whole time, never knowing who’s telling the truth. It started out with a bang for me – I was horrified for Julie and her family and wondered how they’d cope. Like them, I was thrilled when Julie returned but, then, things got a little convoluted for me and I ended up liking the book but not loving it. Still, I’d be more than happy to try whatever Gentry writes next.
The audio version of GOOD AS GONE is narrated by Karen Peakes. She does a fine job but I do wonder if I would have enjoyed the book more in print because of the multiple points of view – sometimes it was hard to tell who the narrator was.
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