Good as Gone

Good as Gone

Book - 2016
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Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic--but Anna, Julie's mother, has whispers of doubts. She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2016
ISBN: 9780544920958
Characteristics: 273 pages ;,24 cm


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JCLJoshN Aug 06, 2018

It's probably a cliche to say "I couldn't put it down!" when talking about a psychological thriller like this one. That doesn't make it less true. I'm usually a slow reader, but I tore through this. Early into it, I predicted the big plot twist, but I was still surprised when it was revealed and I didn't predict the way it would all play out. (Note: if you're disturbed by stories involving child abuse and/or sexual abuse, you might want to skip this novel.)

Cynthia_N Mar 17, 2018

Julie Whitaker is kidnapped in the middle of the night. She is only 13 years old. She reappears years later but her mother begins to doubt that it really is Julie who has returned. I must admit... I was wondering too! Kept me guessing until the reveal.

Mar 13, 2018

This book is so much more than just a suspense novel. It addresses relationships between mothers and daughters, between husbands and wives. It touches on 21st-century American culture and our relationship to organized religion. It examines what it means to survive through hardship, both physical and emotional. And, all of that is contained in a page-turner that leaves the reader wondering almost all the way to the end. I really enjoyed this entertaining book.

Nov 16, 2017

I randomly picked up this book based on the name and since the back referenced Gone Girl and Girl On The Train i gave it a whirl. So glad i did! I definetly don't think it was hard to follow as others have said(I don't even read very often!). As the book progresses you start to get hints as to what's going on but you get quite a twist at the end. I do wish there was a little more development on how Julie had been so manipulated and brainwashed. It definitely was a page turner, i found myself thinking about the book during the day and couldn't wait to get back to it.

Oct 23, 2017

This was a fast paced intense read! I do feel that the jumping back and forth from so many characters points of view could be confusing. I have recently read many books that jump back and forth from perspectives but this book for some reason became confusing from that aspect. Overall, an enjoyable and suspenseful read.

Sep 28, 2017

I found this book on a must-read book list for the summer. I loved the story and did not find it difficult to follow like many other reviewers have mentioned. I couldn't put it down and finished it in two days. The story does move backwards and is told from different perspectives throughout, but I found that added to the story line and made the book a fast read. I highly recommend this book. One of the best ones I've read this year.

ehbooklover Sep 21, 2017

A quick, suspenseful read. I liked how the daughter's story was told backwards and I enjoyed the twists and red herrings that kept me from being able to guess what the final outcome would be.

PimaLib_ChristineR Sep 14, 2017

It's a misnomer to label this as suspense. Yes, we start with 13 year old Julie disappearing from her bedroom with a knife-wielding man. Eight years later she reappears on her parents' doorstep, but is it really her? Or is this woman playing her own game with a family already tattered by grief? That sounds suspenseful, but a lot of the book is a dissection of individuality, how well can we truly know anyone, including our children and spouses? How do people cope with severe trauma? We are shown Anna, the mother's, thought process in detail, while we are given the story of "Julie" in reverse order. With nods to Elizabeth Smart and the Santa Ana woman found in 2014, the novel explores how people move on, or fail to move on, from the severe psychological trauma of kidnapping and imprisonment, as well as the emotional toll a disappearing child can have on those left behind. Gentry's detailed setup, with alternating timelines and perspectives, creates wonderful tension as the characters try to discover the truth about each other and themselves.

Sep 06, 2017

I really liked this book. It was more captivating than the usual adventure. The thing about people not following is called a plot twist. It assumes a bit of intelligence in the reader such that transitions don’t have to be explicit. I sure hope Amy Gentry writes another book.

Aug 09, 2017

I found this book to be extremely confusing. I found it on a must-read list, but wasn't impressed. It wasn't a book that I couldn't put down, unfortunately.

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