Saturday, September 30, 2017

As Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

Rating: 1-Star

Summary on Goodreads.

"Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic—but Anna, Julie’s mother, has whispers of doubts. She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter...." [+ more]

I knew this book was going to be bad and generic because I have read other books with a similar plot: child gets abducted, years later child comes back (now a teen) but, is it really said child or someone else? A good book about this subject was Dead to You by Lisa McMann.

Now, Good as Gone was NOT a good mystery. Julie was abducted at 13 and comes back 8 years later. Where had she been? A private investigator thinks Julie is someone else and to make you follow that line of though we get a bunch of povs of runway girls and the like that lived together. So, which one of these girls is now pretending to be Julia? Or is Julia really Julia?

Some things didn't add up to make the story believable. For instance, on pg. 46, just a month after Julia came back, she asked her father for the car to go out on a ride. When exactly did she learn to drive? The second thing that bothered me was that (on page 106) Jane - the sister - asked Julie if she had an email and Julie said "yes, sure." Mom! Doesn't look wrong to you that a daughter that had been kept prisoner for 8 years has email? What, her captors allowed her to go online? These two things had me roll my eyes and wonder if the author and editor missed them or they written on purpose.

I am telling you what's up with Julie and her disappearance below in case you didn't finish the book and just want to know the end. So be warned the following are spoilers.


It turned out that Julia met some boy online (who turned out to be a grown man) who convinced her to runway. So they (Julia and this man) staged the abduction so she could disappear with him. Life was not what she thought it would be like with him so she escaped/left him. But she didn't go back home because she was ashamed. However, such shame washed away 8 years later when she decided it was time to go back.