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Good as Gone: A Novel of Suspense Paperback – January 3, 2017
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An Amazon Best Book of August 2016: The worst nightmare of every parent comes true for Anna and Tom when a stranger snatches their thirteen-year-old daughter, Julie, from her bedroom at knife point. No evidence has been found to prove her alive or dead, but Anna knows deep inside that Julie was murdered. Now, eight years later, a girl who looks like Julie shows up on their doorstep, similar in many ways to the daughter they loved and in other ways completely different. Is it really Julie? Amy Gentry doesn’t pull her emotional punches as the chapters oscillate between maybe-Julie and Anna, and it’s soon clear that the truth is not what it seems. But the truth might not be what you think it is either. This thriller pierces into the darkest corners of the heart where both love and fear reside, escalating the suspense to deliver a gut-plunging finale. --Adrian Liang, The Amazon Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"[One] of the most anticipated summer thrillers...Gentry's novel isn't primarily about the version of the self that comes from a name and a family of origin; instead, it draws our attention to the self that's forged from sheer survival, and from the clarifying call to vengeance." —The New York Times Book Review
"Gentry’s debut novel is more than worthy of the analogy [to Gillian Flynn’s 2012 smash, Gone Girl]…it’s so gripping you might start to question your own family’s past." —Entertainment Weekly
"So much about this novel is fresh and insightful and decidedly not like every other thriller…Good as Gone ranks as an outstanding debut, well worth reading. This is no mere Gone Girl wannabe.” —The Dallas Morning News
“A mother, a daughter, a zealot, an investigator, a family, a stripper, and more than a few survivors lay the riveting groundwork, but it's Amy Gentry's realistic portrayals of victims and their families that set Good as Gone apart from other page-turning crime dramas...The end result is a true ‘novel of suspense’: a book that's hard to put down not only because of our investment in the plot, but also because of our investment in the lives of the complicated characters.” —The Austin Chronicle
"Compelling and emotionally nuanced." —The Seattle Times
"This smart, crisply written thriller begins with a ‘ripped from the headlines’ premise, but broadens to explore themes ranging from the mothering of daughters to the inwardness of suburban life and the lure of the megachurch in an era of consumerism.” —The Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Both a mother-daughter and a family-under-fire story, Good as Gone is laden with confused identities and a thrumming plot. Amy Gentry's debut also holds a mirror up to the myriad ways rape culture is perpetuated.” —Bustle
“Good as Gone…confirms the entrance of a powerful new voice in the world of crime fiction—Gentry knows crime fiction as a critic and as a writer, and brings her experiences with her for a novel that is as playful and self-aware in its structure as it is responsible in its themes.”—MysteryPeople
"If you love a measured and thought-provoking novel of suspense, with one eye on character study and one eye on a city’s conflicted culture, this might just be the next book for you.” —Crime by the Book
"Debut novelist Gentry delivers on genre expectations with crisp, unobtrusive writing and well-executed plot twists." —Kirkus Reviews
"Clever perspective changes give Gentry's debut building suspense...Fans of Paula Hawkin's The Girl on the Train will enjoy the shifting points of view and the complex female characters, and those who liked Samantha Hunt's Mr. Splitfoot will appreciate the seedy characters and haunting theme of childhood vulnerability...Gentry's depiction of a family working through immense suffering will connect with many readers." —Booklist
"Gentry’s treatment is effective, with a swift-moving narrative and an interesting backstory for Julie and engrossing insight into Anna’s ambivalence and grief...A good pick for fans of mysteries, thrillers, and family drama." —Library Journal
“Amy Gentry has burst out of the gate with a monumentally intelligent, wily thriller about identity, vengeance, and homecoming that introduces readers to some of the most badass female characters on the shelf. Good as Gone is a river that shoots the reader deftly through rapids, over cliffs, past eerie vistas to a shocking, elegant and well-earned ending. Do yourself a favor: jump in.“—Kelly Luce, author of Pull Me Under
“A bracing, scarily honest look at what it means to be female—and to be a daughter, sister, wife, mother—wrapped up in a vicious thriller. Gentry's ambitious debut will satisfy fans of Gone Girl, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and The Killing.”—Merritt Tierce, author of Love Me Back
“Unreliability sets the tone for this page-turner as it begins with a kidnapping where the only witness is the victim's a ten-year-old sister. Pitting innocence and earnestness against criminality and manipulation, this novel, with its deft twists and turns, will leave you haunted long after the final page...You need to read this book. Like a literary James Patterson, this is a not-to-miss debut.”—Steph Opitz, book reviewer, Marie Claire
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I started this last night and finished this morning. That's how much i was into this. The prologue alone gave me goosebumps and I was able to see the creepy skinny hands and felt the fear of hiding out in a closet. After that the book starts off in 1st person with the mother as the narrator. I enjoyed her POV the most. It was understandable and relatable, unlike the other POV. When Julie returns home after so long, you immediately start to wonder if she is an imposter or not. After that, we get the POV of several versions of this "julie" it was too hard to keep track of. While interesting to know where she has been and the life she has suffered through, it was also all very confusing. The time line was kind of messed up, or just difficult to keep up with. The change of names too. In the end when it is all out in the open, I am left unsatisfied. It isn't good enough. Not at all. Yes it was tragic and interesting as hell to find out eventually what exactly happened to her, but it was all kind of shady after *** the escape*** I don't get why she didn't go back. The whole charlotte thing was confusing af! and to finally get to this ending: all of the stories and pov didn't mean much anymore- it was irrelevant. I didn't like her attitude, it was too mean for her to be who she really was. Also the part where she gets her hair dyed and is freaking about the roots? at the end, I'm annoyed that the author tried to fool me because in the end it was also irrelevant and a lie to distract me. So what if janes shoes were distressed and not naturally out worn? seriously? I feel like the author tried to mislead us with false information. overall i enjoyed the book because it was definitely suspenseful, but I am not happy about how things ended. Yes I would still recommend it.
This book has great reviews so perhaps it's me and not this book or maybe I've just read too many suspense novels to appreciate this one.
My biggest problem with this book was how completely confusing it is. This story is told through multiple point of view's which is something I normally love but it was not executed very well here. Point being that one of the characters goes by a different name in each of her chapters and within those chapters you meet other people (more names!) that have no other place in the story. I kept asking myself who the hell are all these people??? I've never seen so many names thrown around.
I also didn't buy any of the ridiculous plot. The ending was terrible which I will spoil below. You've been warned.
You can't expect me to believe all the holy roller crap at the end, do you? This girl willingly left home to be with some dude from a church group who ended up being a total creep and then she escaped but didn't return home rather she became a prostitute and then started stripping for a living only to become a front woman in a band while manipulating tons of people in the process was only looking to find Jesus because her parents were atheists. Haha, that is funny.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Many layers certainly keeps you in suspense until the last few pages. Unexpected twists and turns, depth of charactersRead more