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Today, I'm discussing Megan Miranda mystery: The Last House Guest.
The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda
Littleport, Maine is like two separate towns: a vacation paradise for wealthy holidaymakers and a simple harbour community for the residents who serve them. Friendships between locals and visitors are unheard of--but that's just what happens with Avery Greer and Sadie Loman.
Each summer for a decade the girls are inseparable... that is, until Sadie is found dead. When 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.
It feels like I'm on a bad book binge. When will it end?!
Before reading Megan Miranda's The Last House Guest, I picked up Blake Crouch's latest novel Recursion... Let's just say it didn't go well (to read my Recursion review click here).
This time around, I've been let down by my very first Megan Miranda read. Now it just feels like I've been cursed with a bad book streak.
I had anticipated reading The Last House Guest for months. I'd heard so many good things about Megan Miranda, especially All the Missing Girls, and after hearing my friends rave about this one, I decided to put it at the top of my TBR stack. Unfortunately, this book turned out to be the complete opposite of what I had expected--it was slow, dull, and quite anticlimactic.
I was initially excited about The Last House Guest because the characters and the small town setting reminded me of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series. And while Miranda's latest book does follow the people of a small, coastal town (like in DMS), they don't manage to captivate readers the way French's characters do. The cast featured in The Last House Guest is uninteresting and ordinary. It also doesn't help that the mystery itself lacks thrill and mystique.
As a whole, The Last House Guest is a poor novel because it lacks thrill and substance. I'm all for a gloomy, summer mystery but only those who do it well.
Have you read Megan Miranda's latest novel? What did you think?