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Good 2021 as Gone: online A Novel of Suspense sale

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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.
 
Propulsive and suspenseful, Good as Gone will appeal to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, and keep readers guessing until the final pages.

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The worst nightmare of every parent comes true for Anna and Tom when a stranger snatches their thirteen-year-old daughter, Julie, from her bedroom at knife point. No evidence has been found to prove her alive or dead, but Anna knows deep inside that Julie was murdered. Now, eight years later, a girl who looks like Julie shows up on their doorstep, similar in many ways to the daughter they loved and in other ways completely different. Is it really Julie? Amy Gentry doesn’t pull her emotional punches as the chapters oscillate between maybe-Julie and Anna, and it’s soon clear that the truth is not what it seems. But the truth might not be what you think it is either. This thriller pierces into the darkest corners of the heart where both love and fear reside, escalating the suspense to deliver a gut-plunging finale. --Adrian Liang, The Amazon Book Review

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A New York Times Book Review "Editors'' Choice"
An Entertainment Weekly "Must List" Pick
A Refinery 29 "Suspense Thriller You''ll Love"
A "Skimm Reads" Pick


"[One] of the most anticipated summer thrillers...Gentry''s novel isn''t primarily about the version of the self that comes from a name and a family of origin; instead, it draws our attention to the self that''s forged from sheer survival, and from the clarifying call to vengeance." — The New York Times Book Review

"Gentry’s debut novel is more than worthy of the analogy [to Gillian Flynn’s 2012 smash, Gone Girl]…it’s so gripping you might start to question your own family’s past." — Entertainment Weekly

"So much about this novel is fresh and insightful and decidedly  not like every other thriller… Good as Gone ranks as an outstanding debut, well worth reading. This is no mere  Gone Girl wannabe.” The Dallas Morning News

“A mother, a daughter, a zealot, an investigator, a family, a stripper, and more than a few survivors lay the riveting groundwork, but it''s Amy Gentry''s realistic portrayals of victims and their families that set Good as Gone apart from other page-turning crime dramas...The end result is a true ‘novel of suspense’: a book that''s hard to put down not only because of our investment in the plot, but also because of our investment in the lives of the complicated characters.” —The Austin Chronicle

"Compelling and emotionally nuanced."  —The Seattle Times

"This smart, crisply written thriller begins with a ‘ripped from the headlines’ premise, but broadens to explore themes ranging from the mothering of daughters to the inwardness of suburban life and the lure of the megachurch in an era of consumerism.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune

 “Both a mother-daughter and a family-under-fire story, Good as Gone is laden with confused identities and a thrumming plot. Amy Gentry''s debut also holds a mirror up to the myriad ways rape culture is perpetuated.” —Bustle

Good as Gone…confirms the entrance of a powerful new voice in the world of crime fiction—Gentry knows crime fiction as a critic and as a writer, and brings her experiences with her for a novel that is as playful and self-aware in its structure as it is responsible in its themes.” —MysteryPeople

"If you love a measured and thought-provoking novel of suspense, with one eye on character study and one eye on a city’s conflicted culture, this might just be the next book for you.”  — Crime by the Book

"Debut novelist Gentry delivers on genre expectations with crisp, unobtrusive writing and well-executed plot twists."  —Kirkus Reviews

"Clever perspective changes give Gentry''s debut building suspense...Fans of Paula Hawkin''s The Girl on the Train will enjoy the shifting points of view and the complex female characters, and those who liked Samantha Hunt''s Mr. Splitfoot will appreciate the seedy characters and haunting theme of childhood vulnerability...Gentry''s depiction of a family working through immense suffering will connect with many readers."  —Booklist

"Gentry’s treatment is effective, with a swift-moving narrative and an interesting backstory for Julie and engrossing insight into Anna’s ambivalence and grief...A good pick for fans of mysteries, thrillers, and family drama."  —Library Journal

“Amy Gentry has burst out of the gate with a monumentally intelligent, wily thriller about identity, vengeance, and homecoming that introduces readers to some of the most badass female characters on the shelf.  Good as Gone is a river that shoots the reader deftly through rapids, over cliffs, past eerie vistas to a shocking, elegant and well-earned ending. Do yourself a favor: jump in.“ —Kelly Luce, author of Pull Me Under
 
“A bracing, scarily honest look at what it means to be female—and to be a daughter, sister, wife, mother—wrapped up in a vicious thriller. Gentry''s ambitious debut will satisfy fans of Gone Girl, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and The Killing.” —Merritt Tierce, author of Love Me Back
 
“Unreliability sets the tone for this page-turner as it begins with a kidnapping where the only witness is the victim''s a ten-year-old sister. Pitting innocence and earnestness against criminality and manipulation, this novel, with its deft twists and turns, will leave you haunted long after the final page...You need to read this book. Like a literary James Patterson, this is a not-to-miss debut.” —Steph Opitz, book reviewer, Marie Claire
 
 

About the Author

AMY GENTRY is the author of Good as Gone, a New York Times Notable Book, and Last Woman Standing. She is also a book reviewer and essayist whose work has appeared in numerous outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, Salon, the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Austin Chronicle. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Chicago and lives in Austin, Texas.

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christy dunlevy
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Waste of time
Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2018
Waste of time. Hard to believe so many 5 star reviews. Recycled story, poorly written, hard to follow at times and no wow factor. Don''t waste your time.
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JJM
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A Mess in Search of a Hit
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2019
The author wrote a beautifully crafted opening to her novel, so she can write. But using a real-life tragedy so openly to base this twisted piece of filth on makes me wish I''d thrown it away after the initial crime is revealed. I thought because of her writing ability she''d... See more
The author wrote a beautifully crafted opening to her novel, so she can write. But using a real-life tragedy so openly to base this twisted piece of filth on makes me wish I''d thrown it away after the initial crime is revealed. I thought because of her writing ability she''d give us a truth to ponder, a lesson to learn, maybe even a character who is redeemed. No such luck. The author drags readers through filth and pits of degradation she created for the main character in Good as Gone and for what? She uses the church and its believers and makes them mindless pawns to justify this awful story. There''s something so dishonest about this novel, each level of crime and corruption she presents as the only choice for her victim is really a falsehood. We learn this in the final chapters. The victim had choices. The parents had theirs. And what a miserable bunch of characters they turn out to be.
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Nancy A Vanderveer
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A book I couldn''t put down
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2017
I almost didn''t read this because of some of the negative reviews.... but I''m very happy that I gave this book a chance. There were several reviews complaining that the story is hard to follow. I didn''t find that to be true at all. I enjoyed the way the author wrote this... See more
I almost didn''t read this because of some of the negative reviews.... but I''m very happy that I gave this book a chance. There were several reviews complaining that the story is hard to follow. I didn''t find that to be true at all. I enjoyed the way the author wrote this from two different perspectives- I found the story and characters to have lots of depth.

This was a story that kept me guessing and kept me wanting more from the beginning to the end.
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vanessa weber
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Horrible
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
This was a terrible read. The story did not flow well at all, the extreme graphic scenes were usually unnecessary and just came out of nowhere. I love mystery and thriller books but I would never recommend this book. It just kept getting worse and worse.
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Kaleigh Murray
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Probably would be better on the second read.
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2018
I did not obsessively scour through book reviews before choosing this book as my next read. Good As Gone was listed on a BuzzFeed article along with many other novels I ended up adding to my collection. Many of the novels listed in the article had peaked my interest by... See more
I did not obsessively scour through book reviews before choosing this book as my next read. Good As Gone was listed on a BuzzFeed article along with many other novels I ended up adding to my collection. Many of the novels listed in the article had peaked my interest by their descriptions alone, an extreme oddity for such a picky reader like myself. Good As Gone had the similar premise of a book I had read previously, titled Only Daughter. While Only Daughter may have had the best intentions (and some juicy dramatic moments), the overall storytelling was lackluster. Both these novels focused on the dynamics of a family following the return of an abducted child. Because of the similar plot points, I was secretly hoping that Good As Gone would fill the void that Only Daughter had left in my psychologically-thrill-seeking heart, however, I had no such luck. The second I read the final page, I went to Good Reads to get some insight on what I had actually just read. It was all extremely difficult to keep up with. I generally enjoy stories that alternate character points of view, but this just seemed messy. Like a teacher throwing you an unplanned test review the night before a big exam. Information overload. The daughter, who didn’t end up being an imposter after all, had lived life as many different people since the night she escaped from her captor. While it was hinted that the random characters were linked together, It was in no way obvious that they were all the same person. Some of the reviews I read following my completion of this book stated that the only reason some fellow readers were able to somewhat keep up with the jumbled character situation was due to the fact that they finished the novel in one sitting. I, too, finished the novel in one night, yet still I was left confused. This book had it’s moments. The shell of a thrill seeking novel was there, but in the end it did entertain me as much as I had hoped. On the other hand, I do believe that it is possible that this could be a good reread. Knowing what I do now, it would probably be much easier to understand from the point of view of the main character as all her past selves. I am a sucker for a reread, so here’s to hoping the second time is a charm!
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Stephanie Scobell
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The premise was interesting and I enjoyed the mother''s point of view
Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2017
The premise was interesting and I enjoyed the mother''s point of view. The jumps into Julie''s POV could be confusing, but I think that was intended. I didn''t like the ending. I felt like the explanation dragged on and not enough information was given to make the climax very... See more
The premise was interesting and I enjoyed the mother''s point of view. The jumps into Julie''s POV could be confusing, but I think that was intended. I didn''t like the ending. I felt like the explanation dragged on and not enough information was given to make the climax very climatic. I could guess what was going on, but the end was basically explaining what just happened instead of closing the story.
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MGM23
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Very quick and entertaining read
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2017
I read this over the course of four days during my down time on a trip to Europe. It was perfect for this because the plot moved quickly and overall was very suspenseful and kept me wanting to read more. There are some plot holes and the characters could use some fleshing... See more
I read this over the course of four days during my down time on a trip to Europe. It was perfect for this because the plot moved quickly and overall was very suspenseful and kept me wanting to read more. There are some plot holes and the characters could use some fleshing out, but for a quick and entertaining read this was perfect. Overall, the characters did seem realistic and some passages were very poignant. I also liked how affordable this book was.
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Janlynn
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Unlikable
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2016
Excellent idea for a novel. Poor execution. The book started out very well and kept my interest. Once it started switching narrators it became almost unreadable. The story had many unlikable characters, especially Julie. Don''t bother with this one.
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Well written, but crude
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2020
The "twist" is easy to guess, the characters nowhere near as explored as they could be, and the subject matter dealt with "in modo grossolano".
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Vikki Prout
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Weirdly Good.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 6, 2017
This is a different type of read. Its almost a backwards story. I won''t spoil it but I will say I enjoyed the story a lot, even though it was back to front!
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D Wright
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Easy to read, Easy to Enjoy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2019
While not the book full of twists and intrigue that you might expect, this is easy to read and easier to enjoy. I read it in two days and enjoyed the changing narrative that kept you guessing right until the end when an actual twist took me by surprise. Definitely worth a...See more
While not the book full of twists and intrigue that you might expect, this is easy to read and easier to enjoy. I read it in two days and enjoyed the changing narrative that kept you guessing right until the end when an actual twist took me by surprise. Definitely worth a read.
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A first class thriller
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 24, 2017
I had no idea where this book was going, and nothing I expected happened. I was pleased to have been wrong-footed several times, and along with some great twists, the plot was strong, the characters believable and the themes covered were highly topical yet original. This is...See more
I had no idea where this book was going, and nothing I expected happened. I was pleased to have been wrong-footed several times, and along with some great twists, the plot was strong, the characters believable and the themes covered were highly topical yet original. This is a first class psychological thriller and one of my top reads of 2017 without a doubt.
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Glued to it
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 30, 2017
If she''s not Julie then who is she? I was completely hooked on this and don''t want to spoil the story so will only say - read it
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