Friday, December 22, 2017
GOOD AS GONE by Amy Gentry
One night when Julie is 13, she is shepherded out of her house by a man with longish hair by knifepoint. Her sister Jane is in her own room, but witnesses the abduction. Julie sees her in the closet in her room and gestures her to be quiet. Jane waits in the closet for about 3 hours and then goes to let her parents know about the abduction.
Jane & Julie's parents are Anna & Tom. It has been 8 years since Julie's abduction when there is a knock on the door. It is Julie, or is it?
Tom, Anna & Jane bring Julie back into the home, but don't really question things. They feel as if they will put Julie through extra trauma to have to answer questions. They also don't want to deal with the extra trauma that they had to go through.
We are put through a questioning, as readers, if this is really Julie, as is Anna. There are similarities, but many questions about Julie's current actions and dealings. Little lies keep popping up and Anna is starting to have doubts.
While the writing was done well, I really didn't feel compelled to care whether this was Julie or not. I didn't feel a huge love of the character, nor that of Anna.