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Book Review: The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

The moment I picked this one up, I couldn’t put it down. Megan Miranda does it again – writing a book so interesting that its addicting from the first page.

Avery, a young woman with a tragic past, has spent her adult life working for the Lomans and being friends with their daughter Sadie. When Sadie dies of apparent suicide the night of a drunken party, it sends Avery on a quest to find what really happened to her friend.

In their small coastal town of Littleport, the Lomans are what everyone longs to be. Plenty of money, a large house on a cliff, and a dozens of properties they rent out to the summer tourists. Avery, on the other hand, lost her parents in a car crash as a teenager and her grandmother not long after. The event sent her down a self destructive path and she alienated her only two friends. She was left with no one until Sadie befriended her. Their friendship brought Avery into their world and Grant, Sadie’s father, taught her everything he knew about business.

As Avery investigates, she finds it hard to stay away from her old self destructive ways, especially when Conner and Faith (her old high school friends) pop back into her life. Bad memories linger and she does not know who to trust. All the while the local cop keeps questioning her story at every turn.

This novel is a slow burner. Starts off slow but the second half of the book moves into faster gear. It is told alternating between two summers. The summer Sadie died and the following one when Avery starts investigating. The past mingles with the present making for twisty turns on every page.

Megan Miranda is a master at withholding information until the proper moment. As soon as you think you have it figured out, Miranda drops another bomb and you’re left wondering what is coming next. Like I said, I couldn’t put it down.

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