Isabella Biedenharn
August 12, 2016 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Good as Gone

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Amy Gentry
publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
genre
Thriller

We gave it an B+

If a narrator is remotely unreliable or a thriller has even a single twist these days, there’s a good chance the book will earn comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s 2012 smash, Gone Girl. But Gentry’s debut novel is more than worthy of the analogy: It chronicles a broken young woman, Julie, who returns to her family’s home after surviving a kidnapping. As Julie shares the story of her escape, her mother discovers holes in the tale—leaving her with the uneasy sense that the woman at her doorstep might not be her daughter. All the while, the layers of the impostor’s past are peeled back until a dark truth emerges. While Gentry’s storytelling can get too granular, overall it’s so gripping you might start to question your own family’s past. B+

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