The Last House Guest

The Last House Guest

A Novel

Book - 2019
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WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

I’m always so confused as to why Miranda’s stuff doesn’t have a higher rating. She tells a fantastic story. Her mysteries are well thought out, well developed and I never see the twists coming!!

Mar 01, 2021

Completed: February 26, 2021

Jan 29, 2021

I didn't mind this book. It was slow at parts but it kept my interest til the end. I was surprised who the killer was.

Jan 18, 2021

I really liked this book and was cheering for the main character throughout. You won’t be disappointed.

Jan 08, 2021

It moved a little slow for me.

Sep 29, 2020

Decent read, wasn’t the ending I expected. Loved the idyllic setting of fictional Littleport.

Jun 22, 2020

Littleport, Maine, like many places in the United States, is the land of the haves and the have-nots. The wealthy vacation there, and the locals serve them when they do. Typically the two groups don’t cross paths in a social manner, but Avery and Sadie become friends anyway. Sadie Loman and Avery Greer had been best friends for years when Sadie’s body was found the night after a party. Police suspected that she took her own life, though Avery never believed it.

Now, a year later, Avery has decided to search for clues to prove that someone murdered her best friend.

Told in two timelines, the night of the party, and the summer after, the suspects are those who attended the party. Everyone who went had something to hide and you know what they say about secrets!

May 13, 2020

This is not a "bad" book, but for some reason I did not connect with Avery as the lead character. When that happens, it does not matter whether the mystery is good or not. There were so many houses and settings that it was difficult to follow where the action was happening at any given time. Then we have the proverbial flashbacks... I was disappointed. Kristi & Abby Tabby

JCLAshleyW Apr 21, 2020

Being a Midwesterner, I love reading about "summer people vs. locals/townies." This is a great thriller featuring a beach community, a questionable suicide, and a group of 20-somethings looking for the truth about what happened that night. Recommend to patrons who enjoy both beach reads and mysteries/thrillers.

Feb 20, 2020

A very disappointing read. The premise sounded very enticing but the writing let it down. It was slow, boring and no real excitement or twisty plot. A waste of a few hours.

Jan 27, 2020

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A mystery you’ll have fun trying to solve!

PLOT SUMMARY: Avery has been dealt some tough blows in her life. An orphan in her teens, she careens towards self destruction and angrily pushes away anyone who loves her. That is until she meets Sadie Loman, a rich outsider in their town who decides to make Avery her personal project. They become the best of friends, until the summer her body is found at the base of the cliffs, dead through an apparent suicide.

But Avery just cannot believe that Sadie, so full of life and energy, would have taken her own life. Wouldn’t she have seen the signs? And if it wasn’t suicide then who had reason to kill her? Or is this all just Avery’s overactive, angry imagination taking over??

PROS: I really liked the characters in this one - broken yet strong Avery, and Sadie’s character, formed in flashbacks, was very compelling as well. The plot was fast paced and the setting of Littleport was one I’d love to see for myself, if it truly exists! The ending isn’t impossible to figure out, which made it fun to read along and guess.

CONS: There is nothing wrong with this book - it’s quite a good mystery!! While there’s nothing particularly new or groundbreaking about the mystery, it has a solid, well drawn out plot - I try to judge each book as if it’s the first thriller I’ve read, that way I don’t mark authors down due to my own dissatisfaction with the genre. For me, mixing up genres always helps, that way I don’t overdose on one and become sick of it!

YES or NO: It’s a YES - as far as I’m concerned, Megan Miranda’s writing just keeps getting better and better!

4 Stars

Dec 29, 2019

Ok. Very repetitive. Best part was the last few chapters.

Excellent read! Keeps you in suspense the whole way through!

Dec 10, 2019

I loved this book, is a griping story and i wouldn't have guest the end of this all story. If you are expecting violence, or drama like gone girl, this is not for you, but it's definitely a fun and intriguing book.

Dec 07, 2019

I loved this book! I went in with 0 expectations, and didn’t think I would be into it after the first couple chapters BUT it was juicy and kept me guessing until the very, very end. I felt it was one of the few mysteries that DID lay everything out from the beginning and fully answered every clue as it went, with the biggest mystery not revealed until the very end.

Nov 19, 2019

Recommended by Polly

Oct 28, 2019

As mysteries go, this one was just ok, not thrilling and not shocking, just meh.

Oct 21, 2019

Another great pick of Reese Witherspoon's, this book was wild and thrilling the entire way through.

Aug 30, 2019

A modern murder mystery with a strong female protagonist and plenty of twists and turns. Though there were some elements that didn't quite add up or get fully explained, I still found it extremely difficult to put this book down. And of course, I couldn't even wager a guess as to what had truly happened until the very end! Totally a surprise ending!

Aug 01, 2019

This is the first book by this author I have read. I gave it 3 stars. It was good and I never thought about not finishing it but..... I thought the telling of the story was a little disjointed at times, however the main character, a young woman, was also a little disjointed at times to. I did enjoy the book, but again only 3 stars worth.

Jul 31, 2019

A very boring book! The author jumps back and forth between 2017 and 2018 to tell a very confusing story. The only good thing in this book is that the murder got what was coming to them. A disappointing ending left me with a few unanswered questions. Don't waste your time reading this book unless you have a lot of time to waste.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jul 24, 2019

Fans of twisty mysteries will enjoy the island setting and small-town haves-vs-have-nots scandal of this quick summer read.

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