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 listeners guessing until the final minutes.
©2016 Amy Gentry (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Great narration! The story has too many characters and fails to notify the listener who is speaking or being spoken to. This novel is really a mess.
This was so unimaginative, hard to follow - not in a gripping way, in a cluttered and too many characters way - that I kept waiting for it to just end. When it did end, it was one of the biggest let downs I've read in a very long time.
I can't express how disappointed I was. I had a long drive and was so excited about this book, judging by how raving the reviews were.
The only reason it got one star (that and I cannot give it zero) was the narrator. She did a lovely job and wasn't annoying like some.
Storyline had no twist. I waited all day to find the "thriller" part of the story, and there was none. I cannot believe this was compared with Gone Girl and Girl On The Train. Those books were LIGHTYEARS better than this garbage.
I won't spoil it because I hate it when people do that, but let me just say as the story unfolds and details are revealed, the offense of the author was astounding. I have half a mind to write her personally and express my distain.
This is a very hard book to follow. The author jumps around so much it is hard to follow. To add to the confusion, the author writes one half of the story in reverse order changing the main character's name several times. This flipping is done with little pause and no other indication by the narrator.You are just forced to catch up
Books are a big part of my life. Happiness is a beautiful evening on the houseboat with a good book :)
It fell flat. I wanted to dive into the story and it started out pretty good. Then it turned bizarro and I had a tough time forcing myself to finish it. The narration was good but I rated it average because I don't like a narrator to actually shout when the character is shouting - just a "me" thing perhaps?
I really wanted to love this book. I am a sterotypical fan of "Gone Girl", Luckeist Girl Alive, Etc, and I have o say that this book does not hold a torch. It reminded me very much of Lisa Lutz' The Passanger; although the ending felt rushed and a lot of loos ends weren't tied up.
The disappearance of Julie and the shifting prespectives. You need to suspend belief for some of the story in able to enjoy because it is quite unrealistic. It's loosley based on the abduction of Elizabeth Smart
animated, easy to listen to, kept me engaged
unlikely considering all of the similar books in this genre.
I prefer Luckiest Girl Alive or The Passanger to this book. Again, quick read, but no real substance or character development.
Why do people write this kind of crap? I think it started as a great book and was very intriguing but as it unfolded the sick, twisted and demonic things depicted were not even entertaining they were disgusting. I think this kind of a book encourages sick pedophiles to mimic what they read. Wish I could give this 0 stars
I have not read the print version.
When Julie shows up at the door of the family home after being missing for years- is it really her?
I have listened to "Black-Eyed Susans" and "Intrusion", both narrated by Karen Peakes. Her performance in this book was just as great as in the others I've listened to.
My reactions included empathy, tension, surprise, anger... I identified particularly with the main character, the mother. I empathized with all of the characters in different ways.
Pay close attention to the different timelines. The story does jump from present-tense to past-tense, telling the story of Julie's past, and what happened to her after her abduction. The different points of view from the sister and husband were interesting. I really liked "Good as Gone" and would highly recommend it.
I LOVED this book. Very well told, interesting characters and questions, multiple perspectives, non linear storytelling. The unraveling of past and present simultaneously. And truly amazing narration. The different voices of each character felt truly each their own. I really enjoyed this audio book!
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