Book Review : The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Another book that has been long awaited in my TBR cart!

I just decided it was time for some thriller and here I go!


Genre : Mystery, Thriller
Page : 336 pages
Published : 18th June 2019

The summer after a wealthy young summer guest dies under suspicious circumstances, her best friend lives under a cloud of grief and suspicion.
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.
The Last House Guest is a smart, twisty read that brilliantly explores the elusive nature of memory and the complexities of female friendships.

“Promises made without clarity of thought still counted. A careless yes and you were bound.”

That feeling when you’re so excited to start a book and your expectation just build up!

The Last House Guest— The story of two young girls, Avery and Sadie— who are inseperable until Sadie was found dead.

This book just get the best of me the moment I start reading! It just started off good and strong!

Avery and Sadie has been friends for almost a decade and they’re absolutely inseperable. And in this litle town of Littleport, Maine, it was quite a rare sight. More because it has alwasy feel like a 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.

I love how thrille-ry (I dont think it’s a word, but let’s just go with it)  and urgh the dark vibes! The story started decades ago, the day this misery falls into the lives of Sadie and Avery. From then on, the story moves forward to the current timeline and flashback to the the lives of teenager decades ago before the case.

For the record, although it might be confusing at first, I gotta say I love the build-up setting for this book. The way they build up the atmosphere slowly yet surely and I totally got that eerie feels, like I was the one standing across the omnimous dark big house rather than the characters themselves.

And honestly, I love the idea of the haunting-dark-past mystery. Really, I do. I love how it has a strong base of what’s to come next. From the very beginning, this is a book full of promises, like you know, great things wil come next and you just can’t wait!

However, as much as I love the setting and the possibly well-structured mystery, I found it to be lacking in mystery build-up. I personally think the build up is a little bit mundane. It was exciting at first, but it gets to be.. nothing. The more I read, the more neutral it gets and it kinda frustrates me.

I would love to finish this book to know how this book’ll end, what happened in the last decades, also— to settle down with this book. It kind of feel like I forces myself to read instead of enjoying the flow. and the more I read, the more I feel it kinda.. um. weird I guess?

Why wait ten years to solved the case?

However, I abosultely agree this book is a good book. It just I feel unfortunate seeing how this book has a super great potential and it just work out flat in the end. But again, I would recommend this book for the dark atmosphere and the great mystery potential it has!

“I’ve known enough of loss to accept that grief may lose its sharpness with time, but memory only tightens. Moments replay.” 

Author: Celine

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