Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Good As Gone by Amy Gentry

3.5 Stars

This is a prime example of why quality Goodreads friends are so important. The blurb states . . . .

“Good as Gone will appeal to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train”

Which pretty much causes this sort of reaction by me . . . .

Lucky for me I saw Bonnie’s review instead of that crap.

So what’s this one all about???

“The statistics say that most abducted children are taken by people they know; Julie was taken by a stranger. The statistics say that most child abductors attempt to lure their victims into a vehicle; Julie was taken from her own bedroom at knifepoint in the middle of the night while my other daughter, Jane, watched from a closet. And finally, the statistics say that three-quarters of abducted children who are murdered are dead within the first three hours of being taken. Three hours is just about how long we think Jane sat in her closet, rigid with fear, before rousing Tom and me with panicked crying. By the time we knew Julie was gone, her fate was sealed.”

There’s the basics. If you think this sounds like a regurge of the details of Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapping you’re correct. Up to the point where . . . .

“And just like that, the worst unhappens. Julie is home.”

Eight years later with tales of being sold to a human-trafficking ring and later to a drug lord.

And that’s all you get because spoilers aren’t cool. All I can say is I’m pretty hard to please when it comes to mystery/thrillers and find the majority of them to be quite meh. That wasn’t the case with this one. I read it in one sitting and couldn’t stop turning pages. 3.5 Stars, rounded up.

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!

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