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 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 known more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name before the facts get twisted against her.
I’m a huge Megan Miranda fan since I read All The Missing Girls, when it comes to character driven psychological thrillers they are all top notch.
Same with The Last House Guest, a beautifully done drama with mystery undertones, a small community setting and a possibly unreliable narrator. Avery doesn’t believe her best friend killed herself, but just how close were they in reality?
With this author it’s all about the characters and Avery is an engaging and occasionally strange one to follow along with. The mystery element is beautifully intriguing, the relationships are complex and layered and the setting comes to life.
I’m never sure what the outcome will be when reading a Megan Miranda novel which gives an added edge to proceedings and overall I loved The Last House Guest for its underlying layers and sense of unpredictable foreshadowing.