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    3.5 Stars! Tempestuous, relentless, and tight!

    In this latest novel by Miranda, The Last House Guest, she transports us to the small coastal town of Littleport, Maine where secrets and gossip are rampant, class tensions run high, and the reopening of the investigation into the recent death of one of the wealthy seasonal residents will uncover more suspects and more skeletons than anyone could have imagined. The prose is tense and sharp. The characters are scarred, deceptive, and conflicted. And the plot, using a past/present, back-and-forth style is a suspenseful thrill ride filled with friendship, familial drama, collusion, manipulation, lies, scandals, revelations, and murder. Overall, The Last House Guest is a dark, twisty, compelling page-turner that delves into the intricate and dynamic bonds between friends and has just the right pace, mood, atmosphere, and surprises to keep you guessing until the very last page.
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    Slow start, but eventually good

    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. My Opinions: 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.
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    The Last House Guest. Good. Kept me guessing until the end.

    So many twists and turns. Held my interest throughout the story.
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    loved this story, lots of twists and turns that kept you guessing right to the end.
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    Chilling read!

    From Megan Miranda, author of "All the Missing Girls", comes her latest chilling thriller; "The Last House Guest". Established wealthy families have always summered in Littleport Maine. Full time resident workers work for the summer season visitors... unseen, unappreciated and invisible. A strong friendship grows between visitor "Sadie" and resident "Avery", breaking all the rules. The girls bond over the summers becoming "sisters". Except not all is sunshine and summer nights. A dark secret sours the friendship and the sudden death of Sadie sends Avery searching for answers...but maybe the answers she finds are to the questions she shouldn't have asked. With a cast of supporting characters that gratefully only exist between the covers of this book, be prepared for a she said...she did...she didn't...chilling read.

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