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Review by Suze
Jane witnessed the abduction of her older sister Julie. Julie disappeared when she was thirteen years old and nobody was able to find out what happened to her. Jane's parents were devastated and even many years later they keep hoping they will some day see their daughter again. When one night a woman rings their doorbell they're stunned when she introduces herself as Julie. Are they really that lucky and where has Julie been all that time?
Julie and Jane's mother Anna doesn't know how to handle the return of her daughter. She's ecstatic, but she's also worried. She hires a private detective who follows Julie to find out where she's going and what she's doing. Things aren't adding up and Anna has no idea why. Who is the woman who suddenly appeared on her doorstep and what is she going to do with the information she's getting from the detective? Has her biggest wish come true or is there something sinister going on?
Good as Gone is a gripping story. I was hooked from the start and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough. I felt bad for Jane because she had to live with the guilt of not being able to rescue her sister while witnessing the abduction. My heart ached when I read about the scared little girl and the person she's become afterwards. Anna has made a lot of mistakes, but she's a smart woman. She doesn't just believe the woman who says she's Julie. I loved the way Amy Gentry portrays her and describes her niggling feelings of doubt. Julie is independent and she looks like she knows what she's doing, but what's being buried under that façade? I badly wanted to find out what happened to her and was pleasantly surprised by the ending of the book. I loved the way Amy Gentry describes the family and was captivated by their story from the start.
Good as Gone is a quick and easy read that is both fascinating and intriguing. Amy Gentry's writing has a nice flow and her detailed descriptions make the story come to life very well. She's written the story from several different points of view, which makes it complete and extra interesting. Good as Gone has many emotional layers and I loved the questions that are being raised. Amy Gentry knows how to build up tension and that makes this story fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and think it's an excellent enthralling read.