Friday, August 21, 2015

The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman Book Review

Title: The Last Good Day
Author: Jessica Warman
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children
Date of Release: May 19, 2015
Pages: 288
Received From: Purchased

Ten years ago, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor Remy watched helplessly as Sam's little sister was kidnapped. Later, Remy and Sam identified the man and he was sent to prison.

Now, Sam's shattered family is returning to her childhood home in an effort to heal. As long-buried memories begin to surface, she and Remy wonder what they really saw. The more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they have about what happened to Turtle . . . and they become more certain that Turtle's killer is still out there, hidden amongst the members of their tight-knit community.

Master storyteller Jessica Warman keeps readers guessing in an arresting page-turner that questions whether the potential for evil lurks within us all.

Tim's Review

This book continues for me an enjoyable string of Young Adult books that I have read. This story centers on Samantha, whose little sister "Turtle" is taken while sleeping next to Sam on New Years Eve 1986. The story is set ten years after the abduction, but the author does a good job of filling in the details needed to make the story coherent. The author also does an excellent job of developing the other characters in the story and that helps the reader feel the sense of loss and anger that runs through the story.

You get the sense from the beginning that something isn't right about the man that was arrested and convicted in Turtle's abduction, but the twist at the end of the story was a nice touch.

A very enjoyable read.

3 1/2 stars

About the Author

It’s hard for me to know what to say here.  What do people want to know about me?  I don’t like dogs with pointy faces or Cajun food.  My birthday is 4/17/81.  I wear a lot of pink.  I have never been camping because I’m very, very worried about getting eaten by a bear.

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