The Last Guest House by Megan Miranda
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 knows more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name before the facts get twisted against her.
There is something about Megan Miranda’s writing that pulls me in right away. I can see how some people might not enjoy it, but I love the back and forth in time, with little things coming up throughout the book.
It was kind of hard to like anyone in this book. Avery had a really tough life. Her parents died in a car accident. Once her grandma died, she had no one and spiraled pretty bad. After a fight with her friend, Faith, Avery really crashed. She couldn’t spend time with her other friend, Connor. Luckily, she was working a party and happened to be seen by Sadie Loman. Her whole life changed after that.
We find out right away that Sadie was found dead after missing a party. It was assumed to be a suicide after the police found a note in the garbage. But Avery didn’t believe Sadie would kill herself. She was too full of life. They became very close after summers spent together in Littleton. The Loman’s had a lot of money and owned a bunch of rentals for the summer. They hired Avery to run everything and she lived in one of the guest houses for free. Avery was very calculated and it bothered her that she couldn’t put that night together. The police asked about arrival times for Avery, Parker, Luce, and Connor. Sadie never showed up and stopped texting with Avery. The party was chaos and so much happened that night to try to piece back together. Avery was determined even if it made her the prime suspect. There were whispers. Avery wasn’t one of them. She was thought to be obsessed with Sadie, but Avery knew they were best friends. She loved her and couldn’t move on until she knew what happened that night one year earlier.
There are a lot of plot twists. I went back and forth between a few different theories of that night before I got to the end. Megan Miranda does a great job of making you think it could have been anyone. No one in the book was all good and they were the rich kids that got away with everything. That summer, things started happening with the guest houses. Little things. Some of the homes had someone in there, but nothing was missing or broken. Avery assumed the renters just left doors unlocked. Littleton was a safe place. Or at least that’s what everyone wants the visitors to think.
It was a place that made killers of men.
I enjoyed the pacing, the dual timelines, the flashback memories, and the setting of the book. I didn’t really like anyone, but a few people were ok.
I gave this book 4 stars.
Warnings for suicide, death of parents, and privilege.
Have you read this one yet? Have you read any other books by Megan Miranda?