Another winner from Megan Miranda!! (And seriously, what a gorgeous book cover!)
I ended up really enjoying this book, but I will admit it took me a few chapters to get into it. I can’t put my finger on why the beginning didn’t immediately hook me, but as I kept reading, I got more and more invested. The Last House Guest takes us to Maine and immerses us into the lives of those in a small, cute town called Littleport. The book is told from Avery’s point of view and flashes back and forth between present day and the past Summer, where the death of her best friend occurred. As she struggles to remember the events of the night, she works to piece together what really happened to her friend, Sadie. The local police have declared it a suicide, but Avery knows that’s not the right answer. She sets out on a mission to uncover the truth.
I enjoyed the contrast between the locals and the “Summer families” as well as the overall setting of the novel itself. I also did not figure out the twist/”Who dunnit” ending, and I always enjoy being surprised. I would recommend this for a beach side read for sure!
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Here’s the Blurb from Goodreads:
Littleport, Maine is like two separate towns: a vacation paradise for wealthy holidaymakers and a simple harbour community for the residents who serve them. Friendships between locals and visitors are unheard of – but that’s just what happened with Avery Greer and Sadie Loman.
Each summer for a decade the girls are inseparable – until Sadie is found dead. When 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.