The Last Good Day of the Year
Book Review by Kristen A.
“His hand was on the door handle now, and I knew the door was not locked. I knew he was coming in. I closed my eyes again. I wanted to scream so badly, but I could barely breath. All I felt was the cold rattle of panic in my gut and the hard beat of blood in my ears” (Warman 9).
The Last Good Day of the Year, written by Jessica Warman, tells a thrilling story of the events that occurred on New Year’s Eve, when a man kidnapped Turtle, the little sister of the main character, Sam. Ten years later, there was still no hope that Turtle would ever return to her home, even though her alleged kidnapper, Stephen, was in jail for the crime. As Sam retraces her steps the days and nights leading up to the abduction, only one thing seems plausible; Stephen was in jail for a crime he did not commit. But if he didn’t do it, then who did?
This book is filled with mystery and heartache, but honestly, it was too slow for my liking. Although the detail and imagery was so immense and really had me sucked into this book, it took too long for the ‘good stuff’ to start happening. It was a bit slow, but for some readers, that might be a good thing, since it leads to anticipation. Personally, I am not that kind of reader. I like when books just get straight to the point, rather than giving almost too much detail.
But, this book still caught my eye, and I never put it down and chose another book. The more you read it, the better it gets,