So I wanted to try this new thing of reading books this year, as I haven’t really read anything since college and even then, I would skim through the book and get spark notes on the book at hand. I picked up this book titled Good as Gone by Amy Gentry. From reading the synopsis of the book, I thought it was going to be a pretty good book, that was suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat and it honestly did the opposite.
This book is about thirteen-year old Julie who gets kidnapped while her young sister witnesses from a closet. Eight years later, a girl miraculously shows back up on her family’s doorstep claiming to be this Julie.
I did not like this book at all. The book alternated between first-person POV of Anna, the mother, and third-person telling a story of one character who has about 30 different names. I thoroughly confused and had to keep going back to figure out who was who to only realize it was in fact just that one character. The book was jumpy, choppy, and all over the place. I didn’t feel any type of connection with any of the characters and I felt bad because I felt like I was supposed to have especially some type of feelings for Julie but I didn’t. Not one time with any of her characters to portrayed in the book.
I thought it was going to be a good book starting off, but it went downhill after Julie reappeared. A lot of time was spent on unnecessary details and the story would’ve been more interesting if the girl that returned on the porch wasn’t actually Julie.
If you’re thinking about reading this, DON’T even waste your time and/or money on it.