The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda. (2019).
**2.5 out of 5 stars**
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 – except for Avery Greer and Sadie Loman. Each summer for a decade the girls are inseparable, until Sadie is found dead. When 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 she’s branded a killer.
This one was okay but nothing great, to me anyway. One thing that really frustrated me was this constant referring to Avery’s dark and crazy winter 10 years ago when she was about 18…what was so crazy about it, I’m yet to understand. There was maybe one incident that was a bit full on but really, the way Avery refers to it all you’d think she burned down everyone’s houses or something (spoiler alert, she didn’t do anything like that). We don’t really get to know Sadie much, so she felt a bit superficial to me and I didn’t really feel invested in finding out what happened to her. The bits we do learn about her just seemed like she had really odd relationships with those around her. The ending was…interesting? Didn’t suspect what had happened but didn’t really feel quite right all added together. It wasn’t a bad read but it was definitely just an average mystery type novel.
This one has quite mixed reviews online – some people love it, some find it average and some really didn’t like it. So it’s worth checking out if you like the sound of it.