Publication: 20th June 2019 – Corvus
Never overstay your welcome…
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 happened with Avery Greer and Sadie Loman.
Each summer for a decade the girls are inseparable – 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 she’s branded a killer.
Two best friends, a suspicious death, and the brilliant and captivating writing style of an author that always manages to impress me. I am so happy every time that Megan Miranda has a new novel coming out. She knows how to build up the tension and keep the readers on their toes page after page.
In THE LAST HOUSE GUEST, she takes the reader in a small town on the coast in Maine where the wealth of the Loman family makes them royalty and untouchable. The unseemly friendship between one of them, Sadie, and the town’s bad girl, Avery Greer, causes curiosity and wonder. A year after Sadie was found dead, Avery is still not sure what really happened to her best friend, so she starts her own investigation.
The author makes a fantastic use of flashbacks to take the reader back in time and show the casual beginning of a friendship that no one expected or could explain, a family that thinks that money can buy anything, and a young woman struggling with grief and loneliness. The small town of Littleport is very characteristic, evocative, and bit claustrophobic and it is perfect for this story.
The story is told from Avery’s perspective who slowly reveals the truth about her past, her friendship with Sadie, and her relationship with the entire Loman family creating many twists and moments of suspense. I liked this character, she is multi-layered, well-crafted, and determined in finding out the truth.
As I read there was a sense of dread and suspicion that kept me glued to the page until I got to the ending which was fantastic, completely unexpected, full of surprises, shocking revelations, and drama. THE LAST HOUSE GUEST is addictive and thrilling and it is one of the novels I highly recommend you read this summer!
A huge, huge thank you to Corvus and NetGalley for provinding me with a copy of the book.