The Last House Guest- Megan Miranda

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.

All the Missing Girls

Wow! Another beautiful novel from Megan Miranda! I am beyond impressed with her writing and character development and just honestly feel like her books are some of the most well written and well thought out books I’ve read in a long time.

That being said, I really enjoyed this story and at first I thought telling the story backwards would get confusing – but it played out and read very well.

The easiest way to explain this book is that it’s like Sweet Home Alabama with a psychological twist, haha. It’s a great read, definitely add it to your list!

The Perfect Stranger- Megan Miranda

This is my first Megan Miranda book and let me say- it won’t be the last! I really enjoyed this story, the narrative, and the main character! I read the book in one sitting, in one day.

The book follows our main character, Leah, as she embarks on a new career as a teacher and attempts to start her life over after an article she wrote  got her in a lot of trouble in her previous job as a journalist. She magically runs into an old friend at the right time and they decide to head out to the middle of nowhere, together- at least they have each other right?

The book weaves throughout multiple layered story lines of Leah’s new journey and fresh start. The flashbacks to the past were perfectly timed throughout the story and didn’t over complicate what was happening in the present.

As I started reading, I thought there was possibly a chance that Leah had a split personality and we were reading two stories about one person- but that is not the case. The plot is great and it’s hard to say much more without spoiling the book.

I did feel like some of the details towards the end of the novel were left unfinished- I wanted to know more about the kids at the school and how she cleared her name as well as the credit cards. Were they being used? Was her credit ruined? Haha, I know I know- small details- but I don’t like loose ends.

What I really appreciated was that this main character was relatable and also strong- she didn’t have some major character flaw that made me roll my eyes while I read.

I can’t wait to read more of Megan Miranda’s work!