I've read two other Megan Miranda books (I only have a review for "All the Missing Girls" that I adored so when I saw that she was releasing another mystery novel, I was so excited. "The Last House Guest" is Miranda's latest book that was released over the summer; it was also a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick for August. I bought it the first day it was available and read it in 2-3 days... it was that good.

Publisher's Summary

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.

Another thrilling novel from the bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger, Megan Miranda’s The Last House Guest is a smart, twisty read with a strong female protagonist determined to make her own way in the world.

My Review

I love the way Megan Miranda writes; it's so creative and flowy but filled with suspense and mystery. She does a great job of telling the story without revealing too much and without really letting the reader figure out the mystery at large. Throughout "The Last House Guest", there were a lot of directions the story could've taken and it was hard for me to figure out what exactly was going to happen.

The entire plot surrounds Sadie's death and how Avery plays into it; as the summary states, she is very concerned with figuring out how her friend really died and wants to solve the case before anyone could point the finger at her because all evidence really does scream Avery. 

As most thriller novels, "The Last House Guest" alternates between past and present, so we see how Avery and Sadie met all the way through the night Sadie dies. Throughout the novel, we see how different people could become involved in Sadie's death, what might've led her to actually commit suicide and get glimpses of all the weird things that have been happening in this small beach town since her death. 

There were a few major key points that made my jaw drop, including what really happened to Sadie and an intense secret the Loman family was holding close to their chest. When you find those two key secrets, everything else makes sense. At the ending, I did feel satisfied which is a relief because sometimes these types of books don't tie everything up in a neat little bow. 

I really did enjoy this book and I flew through it, which is always nice, but it wasn't my favorite out of the other two Megan Miranda books. It felt a little dull and slow to build; also the characters weren't that likable which I guess is really give or take. I did really enjoy reading in Avery's POV as I thought she was a really strong protagonist.

I think if you're looking for an easy to read but an interesting thriller, you might be better off reading "All the Missing Girls" or "The Perfect Stranger"

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