Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Review - The Last House Guest

Author:  Megan Miranda
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Publisher:   Simon & Schuster
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  352
Date of Publication:  June 18, 2019
My Rating:  4.5 Stars

Littleport, Maine, has always felt like two separate towns: an ideal vacation enclave for the wealthy, whose summer homes line the coastline; and a simple harbor community for the year-round residents whose livelihoods rely on service to the visitors.

Typically, fierce friendships never develop between a local and a summer girl—but that’s just what happens with visitor Sadie Loman and Littleport resident Avery Greer. Each summer for almost a decade, the girls are inseparable—until Sadie is found dead. While 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 the facts get twisted against her.

Another thrilling novel from the bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger, Megan Miranda’s The Last House Guest is a smart, twisty read with a strong female protagonist determined to make her own way in the world.


Sadie Loman and Avery Greer grew up together in the town of Littleport, Maine. The girls were from opposite sides of town, yet they formed a fast friendship during the summers. Sadly, years later Sadie is found dead, and the death was ruled a suicide. However, questions abound and then it becomes a matter of trying to determine the cause of her death. Could Avery have killed her former close friend? Was jealousy a factor in Sadie's death?

Avery cannot let the matter rest. Even after returning home she goes back to the town to dig into things, although a year has passed. As the story is told, it goes back and forth in time. Readers get to see how the girls met, what they did and how Avery is checking into the death. Furthermore, the story is told entirely from Avery's point of view. 

As Avery is working along, as well as recalling the past, certain people become suspect. It doesn't take Avery long to discover that things were really bad, so much so that the more she unearths, the more she places herself in the line of fire. 

What a terrific read. I was drawn into the twists and turns of the story and kept turning the pages deep into the night. The Last House Guest was most certainly a quick read. I just had to know what happened to Sadie and what could possibly happen to Avery. This enjoyable read is one of my summer's favorites so far and I look forward tor reading more from this author.

Many thanks to Simon & Schuster and to NetGalley, as well as Edelweiss, for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger. She has also written several books for young adults, including Fracture, The Safest Lies, and Fragments of the Lost. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children.

Come Find Me is her newest book for young adults. Her next adult suspense, The Last House Guest, will be published on June 18th, 2019.


  1. This sounds like my kind of book. Adding to my TBR.

  2. I think you are the only person I know who would call a 352 page book a quick read. I covet your reading skills - it would take me all day ;)

  3. The plot has intrigued me. Good review.
    Noor Anand Chawla

  4. Glad you enjoyed your read! This sounds like my kind of story as well, so I may check it out in the future. Happy reading!

  5. Great review. Another book to add to my TBR list.

  6. Ooh sounds like a good mystery. I really need to read something by this author!