The Last House Guest

The Last House Guest

Littleport, Maine is like two separate towns: a vacation paradise for wealthy holidaymakers and a simple harbour community for the residents who serve them. Friendships between locals and visitors are unheard of - but that's just what happened with Avery Greer and Sadie Loman.Each summer for a decade the girls are inseparable - until Sadie is found dead. When t...

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  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    Tumultuous, puzzling, & a twisty page-turner!

    Oh my goodness where do I even start with this book......So let's just say I have to go back and read the whole book over again well because that ending is making me want to do it. LOL

    This book reads extremely fast but while I was reading it though I was never fully immersed in this tale. There was nothing that was grabbing me here until well the end and then it's like I wish that I would have spent the time with this book

    Tumultuous, puzzling, & a twisty page-turner!

    Oh my goodness where do I even start with this book......So let's just say I have to go back and read the whole book over again well because that ending is making me want to do it. LOL

    This book reads extremely fast but while I was reading it though I was never fully immersed in this tale. There was nothing that was grabbing me here until well the end and then it's like I wish that I would have spent the time with this book before reaching the end. The book is just as puzzling as the author's writing style and that is all I'm going to say.

    So I was definitely 3 stars all the way until I reached the ending which has made me bump it up to 4 stars. Take the time with this one.....

    Norma’s Stats:

    Cover: Stunning, striking, suspenseful, mesmerizing, impressive, impactful and fitting representation to storyline. #coverlove This book wins my vote for best cover design ever!!!

    Title: Intriguing, relevant, suspenseful and a fitting representation to storyline.

    Writing/Prose: Engaging, vivid, awkward, puzzling, readable, tense, and well-written. Okay, I know I’m all over the place with the author’s writing style but for the most part I found the writing style quite puzzling and thought it was packed full of riddles. Then the ending…..

    Plot: Fast-paced, suspenseful, twisty, puzzling, entertaining, enjoyable, and somewhat underwhelming until closer to the end.

    Ending: Oh my goodness what an absolutely fabulous resolution that totally flabbergasted me. I don’t know if I was just so uninterested in the whole storyline in the beginning that I just wasn’t retaining any of it but let me tell you that ending definitely brought the whole book home for me. So good!

    Overall: Although I mostly had a problem with the execution throughout most of this book the ending definitely made up for it. This was a Traveling Friends Read and everyone else loved it and really didn’t have the same reading experience with this book as I did. So I would definitely recommend to give this one a try and how can you not with a cover like this one?

    Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Megan Miranda for gifting me a copy of this beautiful book! Did I already mention that I am rocking that cover? LOL

    Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog:

  • Miranda Reads

    3.5 stars

    Avery Greer belongs to the

    of Littleport, Maine and Sadie Loman belongs to the

    The two communities never mix...until Avery and Sadie. Every summer the two of them are arm-in-arm...well...

    She leaves behind a cryptic note that the police use as

    But nobody knows Sadihappens.arm-in-arm...well...thestars

    3.5 stars

    Avery Greer belongs to the

    of Littleport, Maine and Sadie Loman belongs to the

    The two communities never mix...until Avery and Sadie. Every summer the two of them are arm-in-arm...well...

    She leaves behind a cryptic note that the police use as

    But nobody knows Sadie like Avery, and Avery is convinced something is afoot.

    A close-knit family holds secrets.

    A small town can still hide untold horrors.

    No one is looking for anything anymore and Avery senses that the answers are there,

    This one was interesting but it

    for my taste.

    The mystery was there but it unfurled so slowly and had such little clues that it was a bit difficult to keep invested in the novel for the first half.

    Once the clues started really coming in, the book

    and I became invested.

    And I did like how I never know where the mystery was going, and that twists and turns kept things interesting towards the end.

    I did like the main character and her desire to find out what truly happened to Sadie...however Sadie was my favorite character...

    Which, I suppose worked in the book's favor because I became so invested in figuring out who killed of my fave person.

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  • Kaceey

    This is the second book I’ve read from Megan Miranda and as with her prior book

    , this one just didn’t meet my expectations.

    Sadie and Avery are the best of friends. As with most besties, they know each other inside and out, front to back. So when Sadie’s body is discovered from an apparent suicide Avery is certain Sadie would never take her own life, and is determined to find who murdered her friend!

    Told from Avery’s POV in the present and past timelines.

    This is the second book I’ve read from Megan Miranda and as with her prior book

    , this one just didn’t meet my expectations.

    Sadie and Avery are the best of friends. As with most besties, they know each other inside and out, front to back. So when Sadie’s body is discovered from an apparent suicide Avery is certain Sadie would never take her own life, and is determined to find who murdered her friend!

    Told from Avery’s POV in the present and past timelines.

    While I was engaged by the story-line, the execution never grabbed me. I couldn’t develop a connection with the players and was left wanting more...something. With a good number of great reviews out there for this book, I do hope it works out better for you.

    I do still have Megan Miranda’s

    sitting on my shelf and look forward to reading that one soon! Hoping that one will have the

    factor I've been looking for in her books.

    A buddy read with Susanne!🌸

    Thank you to NetGalley, Edelweiss, Simon & Schuster and Megan Miranda for an ARC to read and review.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Please take my review with a grain of salt, as I have many friends who have loved this in the range of 4-5 stars, but

    fell short of the mark for me. Awhile back, I fell head over heels for Miranda's

    ; the reverse narration and plot resolution have stuck with me for YEARS now, which is a rarity due to the many books juggling for attention in my dwindling memory space. It could be that I've simply consumed so many psychological thrillers that read in a similar manner

    Please take my review with a grain of salt, as I have many friends who have loved this in the range of 4-5 stars, but

    fell short of the mark for me. Awhile back, I fell head over heels for Miranda's

    ; the reverse narration and plot resolution have stuck with me for YEARS now, which is a rarity due to the many books juggling for attention in my dwindling memory space. It could be that I've simply consumed so many psychological thrillers that read in a similar manner with a similar follow through, or it could be that my connection to ATMG was a one and done deal, but I've juggled my expectations and struggled with each adult novel the author has released since my first love affair with her writing.

    I don't want to ramble, or repost the synopsis here for you, so I'll keep this brief in saying that there's not really anything

    with this book, it just wasn't attention grabbing. In a vast sea of psych thrillers, domestic suspense, and female driven mysteries, I'm already finding myself grasping to remember the plot, as I'm either confusing it with other stories I've recently read or just didn't find it compelling enough to remember in its detailed entirety. I still don't regret reading it, as the ending was a step up from many of the novels I've read lately in this genre, and the brevity in length made it a fast novel to devour, so I think I'll sign off by recommending

    to those looking for a breezy summer suspenseful tale, as they will enjoy this one more than I did.

  • Melissa

    A few years back,

    ’s story told in reverse,

    , found me so impressed I scrambled to secure a treasured copy of my very own. Meaning, I went out of my way to track down a personalized signed copy from one of her book tour stops. That hardcover now owns a rare piece of real-estate among my collection of

    . I only mention this tidbit because it lends credibility to my

    A few years back,

    ’s story told in reverse,

    , found me so impressed I scrambled to secure a treasured copy of my very own. Meaning, I went out of my way to track down a personalized signed copy from one of her book tour stops. That hardcover now owns a rare piece of real-estate among my collection of

    . I only mention this tidbit because it lends credibility to my expectations and subsequent disappointment with her recent work.

    With two of Miranda’s releases since ATMG,

    and now

    , I’ve gone in hoping she would somehow emulate my initial experience with her storytelling. That the literary journey I was preparing to embark on would prove to be something other than typical. Maybe even memorable. Now, after two bouts of mediocre reading, it's clear

    . My reasoning behind that thought: (1) it's a very real possibility that I built ATMG up to be something more than it actually was, (2) my pickiness is at an all-time high as of late, and (3) chances are my newly acquired skepticism won't allow me to give her work another shot.

    In all fairness,

    starts off with

    . Miranda builds anticipation with her writing wizardry, piecing together thoughts and passages in an interesting way. Attention-grabbing some might even say. Although, I have to admit, the more pages I turned, the more my interest dwindled. The

    happenings, uninspired cast, and messy timeline worked against the author's style, muting the overall impact of her sentence structures.

    And that right there—

    —is my biggest gripe with this novel. The author relies heavily on her scattered timeline to put a “fresh” spin on what’s become a tired narrative running rampant through the genre. Unfortunately, it’s not only the mystery itself that’s less than impressive, but also the cast Miranda employs to tell it. Talk about an undeserving bunch. There’s no depth or redeeming qualities to cling to. Not one single person—over the course of 341 pages—convinced me to care.

    Turns out, for this reader, the best part of the entire book was the setting.

    welcomes readers to a picturesque town along the coast of Maine—a harbor community that thrives from Memorial to Labor Day. And for those locals and visitors lucky enough to garner an invite, the Plus-One party promises the perfect boozy salute to the summer season.

    Miranda deploys the old “time has passed since the death of [insert person here], let's take a fresh look and see if we can figure out what

    happened, eh?” scenario. This particular case involving the poor townie and reformed bad girl, Avery, trying her hand at detective work. Piecing together memories of that fateful night her seasonal rich girl “bestie” failed to make it to the Plus-One party. Choosing to forgo the celebration, Sadie says goodbye to the world along a rocky shore. As the one year anniversary beckons, nagging thoughts force Avery to think twice about the suicide label attached to Sadie's demise.

    The run-of-the-mill plot helped along by a series of coincidences, resurfacing memories, and an oddball interaction or two. And the ending, not completely obvious or horrible, per se. I'd go with

    instead.

  • Susanne  Strong

    Sadie Loman and Avery Greer had been best friends for years when Sadie’s body was found the night after a party. Police suspected that she took her own life, though Avery never believed it.

    Now, a year later, Avery has decided to search for clues to prove that someone murdered her best friend.

    Told in two timelines, the night of the party, and the summer after, the suspects are those who attended the party. Everyone who went had something

    Sadie Loman and Avery Greer had been best friends for years when Sadie’s body was found the night after a party. Police suspected that she took her own life, though Avery never believed it.

    Now, a year later, Avery has decided to search for clues to prove that someone murdered her best friend.

    Told in two timelines, the night of the party, and the summer after, the suspects are those who attended the party. Everyone who went had something to hide and you know what they say about secrets!

    “The Last House Guest” is full of mystery, a web of lies and twists and turns galore. Unfortunately for me, this is a novel in which there was simply way too much going on and sometimes, less is more. That being said, this was a quick easy read which kept my interest from the get go. Having read all of Megan Miranda’s novels to date, “All the Missing Girls” is still my favorite. I am however a huge fan and can’t wait to see what Ms. Miranda comes up with next!

    This was another fabulous buddy read with Ms. Kaceey!

    Thank you to Edelweiss and NetGalley, Simon and Schuster and Megan Miranda for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on Edelweiss, NetGalley and Goodreads on 4.24.19.

    Will be published on Amazon on 6.18.19

  • Debra

    This is another book that had a very interesting premise and started off great. A young woman, Sadie has been found dead. It's ruled a suicide but there are those in town who blame Sadie's longtime friend, Avery. For me, this sounded great.

    But it didn't deliver on the "wow" factor I was looking for. As Avery tries to find out the truth, we learn there is more to each character than meets the eye. Secrets are the name of the game here. Many characters have them but has the most revealing one?

  • Meredith

    Littleport, Maine is a town built on a class divide between the townies and wealthy vacationers. After a rich girl kills herself, her best friend begins to question the events that led up to the suicide. Alternating timelines from the past and present lead to secrets being unearthed.

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    Littleport, Maine is a town built on a class divide between the townies and wealthy vacationers. After a rich girl kills herself, her best friend begins to question the events that led up to the suicide. Alternating timelines from the past and present lead to secrets being unearthed.

    My issues started right off the bat when just couldn’t connect with Avery, who is the narrator of

    I actually pushed this book to the side and started reading another. When I came back to it the second time around, I actually liked it more than when I initially started reading it. I slowly started to connect with the narrative but I was never able to fully immerse myself in the world of Littleport.

    is lacking in tension, suspense, drama, finesse, and depth. I needed more--I was expecting more. However, this is not a total failure.

    There are times when the mystery is intriguing and some of the revelations about Avery’s past made me want to know more about Avery in the present. At the same time, I was never able to get fully pulled into the story. I didn't care enough to about the characters, but I did care enough to finish the book and see how things would play out. It got better towards the end, but then it all crashed and burned once again in the final pages.

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    This is my second book by the author and I have to say she's great at creating small town with lots of secrets.

    It was a very quick and easy beach read (even happens in a beach town!). Compelling enough to finish it but not enough that you'll skip on your vacation to stay in your room to read it.

    It's also probably one of the best covers I've seen this year. The colors, the view through the window and the 3D rain drops were a nice touch!

    With that said, I did feel like the

    This is my second book by the author and I have to say she's great at creating small town with lots of secrets.

    It was a very quick and easy beach read (even happens in a beach town!). Compelling enough to finish it but not enough that you'll skip on your vacation to stay in your room to read it.

    It's also probably one of the best covers I've seen this year. The colors, the view through the window and the 3D rain drops were a nice touch!

    With that said, I did feel like the characters were quick to confess every details to each other and most of the twists were easy to see coming... a few pages before the main character figured them out.

    I would recommend if you're looking for a quick fun summer read!

  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    This book had so much promise. I was drawn to the plot immediately - Avery Greer, a townie girl with a troubled past is essentially taken in by Sadie Loman, the daughter of an affluent vacation family in Maine. The girls are inseparable for decades. Avery becomes enmeshed within the Loman family and their business, overseeing their properties in town. All is perfect i

    This book had so much promise. I was drawn to the plot immediately - Avery Greer, a townie girl with a troubled past is essentially taken in by Sadie Loman, the daughter of an affluent vacation family in Maine. The girls are inseparable for decades. Avery becomes enmeshed within the Loman family and their business, overseeing their properties in town. All is perfect in Avery's world until the summer Sadie dies. Even though her death was ruled a suicide, Avery feels the suspicion and blame cast on her. Avery is determined to find out what happened to her best friend. Was Sadie's life as picture perfect as it seemed? What secrets was she harboring that drove her to suicide?

    Told in alternating timelines between the past and present, we put the pieces together surrounding Sadie's death with Avery. While

    was filled with mystery, secrets, lies and deceit, it left me wanting. It just never had that "wow" factor for me. The story was good but I never really felt connected with the characters. They were almost too cliche - the poor girl with the troubled past, the rebellious rich girl, the rich playboy, the domineering, callous matriarch and the money hungry patriarch.

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