A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
"So gripping you might start to question your own family’s past." —Entertainment Weekly
“[One] of the most anticipated summer thrillers . . . Gentry's novel isn't primarily about the version of the self that comes from a name and a family of origin; instead, it draws our attention to the self that's forged from sheer survival, and from the clarifying call to vengeance.” —New York Times Book Review
Anna’s daughter Julie was kidnapped from her own bedroom when she was thirteen years old, while Anna slept just downstairs, unaware that her daughter was being ripped away from her. For eight years, she has lived with the guilt and the void in her family, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night, the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. Anna and the rest of the family are thrilled, but soon Anna begins to see holes in Julie’s story. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she is forced to wonder if this young woman is even her daughter at all. And if she isn’t Julie, what is it that she wants?
“So much about this novel is fresh and insightful and decidedly not like every other thriller . . . Good as Gone ranks as an outstanding debut, well worth reading. This is no mere Gone Girl wannabe.” —Dallas Morning News
The life of Anna Davalos, the narrator of Gentry's suspenseful if flawed first novel, has been defined by a single night when her 13-year-old daughter, Julie, was abducted at knifepoint by an intruder into their Houston home, a crime witnessed by her terrified 10-year-old daughter, Jane. Eight years later, Anna's relationship with Jane is strained, and no one is looking for Julie any more. Anna's life is upended again when Julie shows up on her doorstep, traumatized physically and mentally. Julie's account of her captivity is harrowing, but Anna soon suspects that Julie isn't being completely honest about what happened. Those doubts extend to the basic question of whether the young woman is really Julie or a manipulative, cynical imposter. As the family adjusts to the new reality, Anna's relationships with her husband and Jane suffer. Gentry does a good job of making the characters, especially Anna, psychologically plausible, but the final revelation is a letdown.
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A good read, but wanted more thrill in this thriller.
This was a good read. The 'revelation' near the end made the book, in my opinion! I would have preferred a little more of a thriller in this thriller, though.
I really loved this book. Can’t describe it but I stayed up all night to read it convinced I knew exactly what was going on but boy was I wrong. Great read!
Very good at parts
Really great story line, good twists and turns. But once you get the idea of where the book is heading, it kinda drags in the middle, ending really well.