Good as Gone by Amy Gentry
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Summary: Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, 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. The family is ecstatic—but Anna, Julie’s mother, has whispers of doubts. She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter.
So I've heard lots of great things about this book... but for some reason, it just didn't land for me. Here are the reasons why.
- The entire plot could've been solved with a DNA test.
- The only character I really empathized with (Jane) left halfway through.
- I found the main character to be extremely underdeveloped, and her narration to be a bit flat.
- I really liked the PI character, but he was woefully underused.
- Seriously. The entire plot would've been solved 200 pages earlier if they'd gotten a DNA test the first time it was suggested.
It was easy to read and fast-moving, but overall, this book wasn't for me.
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