Book review: The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Published June 18th 2019 by Simon & Schuster


Littleport, Maine, has always felt like two separate towns: an ideal vacation enclave for the wealthy, whose summer homes line the coastline; and a simple harbor community for the year-round residents whose livelihoods rely on service to the visitors.

Typically, fierce friendships never develop between a local and a summer girl—but that’s just what happens with visitor Sadie Loman and Littleport resident Avery Greer. Each summer for almost a decade, the girls are inseparable—until Sadie is found dead. While 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.

Another thrilling novel from the bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger, Megan Miranda’s The Last House Guest is a smart, twisty read with a strong female protagonist determined to make her own way in the world.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Megan Miranda is one of those authors for me I would read anything she writes. Her stories have a way of probing a brain psychologically, making you want to get to the bottom of things. Her prose is exquisite and often excruciating. But The Last House Guest unfortunately does not fall under that category.

Usually, when I pick up Megan’s books I am intrigued right away. I love to be in her heroines’ heads (usually her books are from female POV). I am all for girl power that comes with certain amount of endurance. But being inAvery’s head was so boring. I couldn’t get into the story properly for over a month; it just didn’t catch me therefore prolonging my reading slump. I know, I know, it’s not fair to blame a book for the lack of desire to read but usually if a book catches my attention, I won’t be able to put it down.

I can’t say that the story itself is boring. I actually love when tragedy and social issues are mixed in one. Besides, the topic of one powerful family and the length they would go to keep their power is really fascinating, especially if a lonely powerless girl opposes them. But -I am telling this again – being in Every’s head was extremely boring until the last quarter of the story when things moved significantly in a more exciting direction, and I actually started to pay attention, and Every finally stopped whining all the time. Gosh, I do not want to spoil anything, but the girl power was finally the thing at the end.

All in all, good but not good enough to stay for long in my memory, The Last House Guest is good for one time. Especially if you are a fan of the author and read all her books.

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