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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  28,408 ratings  ·  2,632 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Denise My question as well. The PI asked for a sample of "Julie" to test. It could have been resolved quickly. No more doubt...Call me skeptical, but if my…moreMy question as well. The PI asked for a sample of "Julie" to test. It could have been resolved quickly. No more doubt...Call me skeptical, but if my missing daughter turned up on my doorstep after 8 years, I'd want to be sure immediately. I call Anna Miss Denial.(less)

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karen
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
i reviewed this for the L.A. review of books. i will post a link when it runs.

it runs NOW

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/h...

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i love how generic the cover for this arc is, settling for the most basic description of content on the front and "untitled" inside, before the title was revealed,

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but i don't love the nagging suspicion i have that the final title is meant to make you whisper-in-the-blank: "good as gone (girl)…. good as gone (girl)…" this mig
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Megan Johnson
I'm going to start this by saying that this is one of the best books I've read in a while. Yes, I'm a suspense junkie, but I thought this one was especially well done. If ever I find myself trying to piece things together as I go and feel like I just can't quite figure it out, I know it's something that I enjoy.

Good as Gone is the story of Julie, a girl who was kidnapped from her home as a child, and her family. As the events of Julie's disappearance unfold around them, their bonds as a family
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Race Bannon Berns
Aug 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Absolutely hated this book (really ZERO stars).
What a jumbled mess.
Alternating chapters between a first person narrative
by a mother, and then a third person narrative told
chronologically backward and then overly
complicated by a hodge podge of different names
for the same character. Some reviews indicate there
is a twist at the end but I did not really view it as such;
they explain what happened but it felt fairly
trite/mundane in my opinion.
Very poorly written in my view; I don't understand
w
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Diane S ☔
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 At the age of thirteen, Julie is believed to be kidnapped at knife point by an unknown stranger. The only witness her younger sister, Jane, hidden in a closet. Eight years later she returns with a story about being imprisoned by the leader of a drug cartel? But.... is any of this true? Anna, her mother begins to have doubts, is this really her daughter? Her husband has no doubts and welcomes back his lost daughter unreservedly.

I really liked how this book was set up, kept me guessing, going
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Danielle
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I had heard really good things about this book, but it ended up being a waste of time. I felt no connection to any of the characters, and I didn't feel any connection between the characters themselves. The writing used too many plot devices and ended up really choppy. The way the story was set up re: Julie from the beginning made it hard for me to be invested in her at all.

Nothing in this book rang true for me and it ended up falling flat.
Elyse Walters
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"The first twenty-four hours after Julie's reappearance are oddly similar to the
first twenty-four hours after her disappearance, a mirror symmetry that lends extra
significance to every detail".

Julie was taken from her home when she was 13 years old. Her younger sister June, was in a closet and was the only witness. June didn't move from that closet for about three hours. Eight years later Julie comes back-- 21 years old--she literally shows up on the doorstep.

It's assumed Julie had been sold
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Julie
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good as Gone by Amy Gentry is a 2016 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publication.

This novel is deeply consuming and thought provoking.

At the age of thirteen, Julie is kidnapped, while her sister, Jane watches from her hiding place. Her parents, Tom and Anna, struggle for years, caught in the limbo between hope and the reality of Julie’s probable death, which Jane pulls out of the stops just trying to live up to her sister’s mythological perfect, just trying to be noticed.

But, when Julie suddenly re
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

This is a prime example of why quality Goodreads friends are so important. The blurb states . . . .

“Good as Gone will appeal to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train”

Which pretty much causes this sort of reaction by me . . . .



Lucky for me I saw Bonnie’s review instead of that crap.

So what’s this one all about???

“The statistics say that most abducted children are taken by people they know; Julie was taken by a stranger. The
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Sue
GOOD AS GONE by author Amy Gentry is a female psychological thriller set in Texas. It is the story of a kidnapping of a thirteen year-old girl, Julie from her bedroom in the middle of the night, while her younger sister, Jane witnessed the episode from her closet. This book is an emotional journey into a mother-daughter relationship faced by tragedy. It is a short read at 288 pages.

“Julie and the strange man moved together in slow motion, as if his long arm and hairy hand were a chain binding th
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Kaceey
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Things are not always as they seem.

Tom and Anna's daughter Julie is kidnapped from their home at knifepoint 8 years ago when she was 13 years old. They think she's gone forever, until one day she shows up on their doorstep. Is it really her? Could she just come back on her own after all these years? The author weaves a tale of Anna trying to chase down the truth of what happened to her daughter, where she's been and who is responsible. The story is told from different points of view as the disap
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Meredith
3.5 stars

Review to come.
Cristina Rubio
Sep 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What did I just read? This novel is all over the place, characters come and go without further explanation, the 'plot twist' is not a plot twist worth reading and the writer didn't make me care about any of the characters. I don't recommend this book at all.
Abe Shainberg
Aug 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Wonderful writer, but disjointed story. Would have loved to recommend this book as the writer knows her craft, but just finished it and I felt unmoved. What could have been a taut thriller filled with emotion proved to be a jumpy, choppy, weirdly paced novel. The writer keeps jumping between the view of the kidnapped girl and the mother and it's hard to keep track. I've read other novels with different points of view but I followed them easier. There is a lot of emotional material here, maybe to ...more
Phils Osophie
Apr 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ohne jede Emotion, unfassbar unglaubwürdig, gezwungen verwirrend konstruiert und schlecht geschrieben. 'Good as Gone' ist definitiv schon jetzt ein heißer Kandidat für den Titel 'schlechtestes Buch 2017'.
Aditi
“I thought about how there are two types of secrets: the kind you want to keep in, and the kind you don't dare to let out.”

----Ally Carter


Amy Gentry, an American author, pens her debut psychological thriller called, Good as Gone which is nothing close to Flynn's Gone Girl instead it has a killer plot that revolves around a daughter and a mother, whose elder daughter gets abducted from her home at the age of 13 without a trace and with an eye witness of her younger sister, but eight years late
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Ann Frost
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
I thought this book was going to be basically another version of The Imposter (on Netflix - watch it if you haven't seen it!). Spoiler alert: it wasn't. So that was good. But there were so many other things that just really bugged me. DNA testing could have resolved the story in about 5 pages. But no. Didn't do that. People answering phone calls from numbers they should have known and saying the wrong things. Aaarghh! Really?? Lousy explanation for why the kidnapped girl didn't come right home a ...more
Christina - Traveling Sister
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dpl
I had a hard time deciding what to rate this. After giving it 4 stars last night and thinking about how I wanted to review it I have settled on it being more accurately rated for me as a 3 star book.

The first third of the book was a knock out that immediately had me rapt from the prologue. It was extremely compelling, highly emotional and even as someone who does not have kids I really felt for Anna, Tom and Jane. The book packs a wallop of a punch right out of the gate but I felt once things go
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Britany
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Jane watches as a kidnapper takes her sister Julie out of the house at knifepoint when she was just a small child. She hesitates before waking up her parents and Julie remains missing. Suddenly, what feels like a lifetime later, the doorbell rings and "Julie" miraculously shows up. The rest of the book moves at a fast pace between past & present and ultimately Anna (the mother) on the hunt to discover if this is really their missing Julie.

The "Anna" chapters left me on the edge of my seat,
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
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3.5 stars
Over the holiday period I indulged in a couple of non review book reads. One of these was a thriller novel, Good as Gone, by Amy Gentry. The book’s premise, the story of a missing girl, who returns home nearly a decade later, caught my attention. Kidnapping stories never fail to capture my interest and Good as Gone was no exception. Although this isn’t a fast paced novel, expect a well plotted suspense novel instead. Gentry’s narrative unfurls the s
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Michelle
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Anna's worst nightmare happens one night when her daughter Julie is kidnapped from her own bedroom at knifepoint. Her youngest daughter Jane is the only witness. Terrified beyond belief she waits for three hours to come out of her hiding place and alert her parents. Chances for Julie's survival are slim. Her parents struggle with maintaining hope that she is alive. Her mother's appeal - "I just want a body to bury." Eight long years later, a young woman arrives at their doorstep. Is the nightmar ...more
sue
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it


My thanks to the publishers and Net Galley for my copy.

3.5

Although I enjoyed the reading of this and the plot involved it dipped in some places and frustrated me in others where I had to fully try to focus in wanting to continue at times.

A young girl gets dragged out of her house at night at knife point.
Her sister sees this and is hiding in a closet.

I was perturbed by that as to the reaction of this sister hiding.

I accepted it and moved on.

Because the chapters flick back and forth it has to be
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♡ Kim ♡
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
Quick, captivating read. Emotionally disturbing.
Dale Harcombe
At age thirteen Julie Whitaker was taken from her bedroom in the middle of the night. Despite numerous appeals for information, nothing happens. The family, consisting of parents Anna and Tom, and Jane, the younger of the two Whitaker girls, has tried to move on with their lives. Guilt eats away at some of the family members for various reasons. And then eight years after she disappeared, a woman appears at the Whitaker home claiming to be Julie. But is she? Or is it some sort of hoax? Suspicion ...more
Carlos
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well this was a very fast paced book, the story it's very stressing and disturbing at some points , you get confused but the ending ties some of the loose ends you get through the book. Be warned that this book deals with a very delicate issue and it does have some graphic scenes, you will be left satisfied by the ending , all in all a good book albeit a little hard to digest .
Mandy White
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
I really enjoyed the start of this book and the narrator was great. However the story went way off about halfway through and I struggled with the rest of the book.
Hali
Apr 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, this book was a disappointment. The book begins with the mother's point of view and this was the only POV I enjoyed, or cared, to read. After that, every other chapter is through the POV of the different identities of this "Julie" and that is where the book gets more complicated than it is truly worth. Any time a chapter was in Julie's POV I found myself confused trying to keep up with, not just her many identities, but the time line. When in the mother's POV, the chapters were organiz ...more
Crime by the Book
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
The best way to describe this book: it's NOTHING like you expect from the cover. Is it particularly suspenseful? No. Is it a shocking or in-your-face story, as its bright yellow cover might suggest? Not really. But this book IS an emotional, sometimes poetic, totally fascinating glimpse into a mother-daughter relationship wracked by tragedy. Beautifully written & emotionally devastating. Full review to come on CBTB!
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
Find more reviews on my blog at: https://theblondelikesbooks.wordpress...

Good as Gone follows the story of a family whose oldest daughter Julie is kidnapped from their home as a young teenager. Years go by, with no word from her or her kidnapper(s), so her family settles back into life with as much normalcy as possible. As they are sitting down for dinner one day, the doorbell rings, and sure enough, Julie has shown back up on their doorstep. After taking her to the hospital to get checked out,
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Annie ~ The Misstery
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read the review here >> It’s been a great month. I’ve read plenty of books and I’ve loved pretty much all of them. Still, Good As Gone has been one of my favorites. This is a short book (less than 300 pages), so of course I read it all in one day. Another psychological thriller, but an unforgettable one.

At first, the story seems like one you’ve read many times before. Julie was kidnapped when she was thirteen and she was never found. Eight years later, a woman claiming to be Julie comes
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Susan
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing for a first novel. Read it in one sitting. I didn't know much about the plot or characters before I started, just that "you won't be able to put it down."

I think that's the perfect way to begin reading this excellent debut. Just start reading it. No spoilers, no preconceived ideas from reviews. So good.
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AMY GENTRY is a book reviewer for the Chicago Tribune whose work has also appeared in Salon, LA Review of Books, and the Best Food Writing of 2014. She lives in Austin, where she volunteered for several years with victims of sexual and domestic violence. Good as Gone is her first novel.
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