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March 18, 2024

Good Half Gone by Tarryn Fisher ~ a Review

By Susan Roberts

Iris Walsh saw her twin sister, Piper, get kidnapped—so why does no one believe her?

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book cover of domestic thriller Good Half Gone by Tarryn Fisher
March 2024; Graydon House; 978-1525831553
audio, ebook, print (304 pages); domestic thriller

Iris and Piper are twins.  At 15, Piper is the pretty one and the popular twin and is always willing to try something new and dangerous.  Iris is the quiet twin who always feels like she needs to protect her sister and keep her safe.  They are being raised by their grandmother because their mother is unfit due to drug and alcohol use.  One evening, the twins meet some male friends at the movies but along with the person they know are several men that they don't know.  By the end of the evening, Piper has been kidnapped and disappeared.  When Iris calls the police, they are not really helpful, believing that a 15-year-old girl probably ran away and wasn't kidnapped.  Iris continues to look for clues to her sister's disappearance for years.  As an adult, she still lives with her grandmother and her son Cal.  She has gathered clues over the years and is sure that she knows that the man who kidnapped her sister is in a mental hospital.  She gets an internship at the hospital and plans to find proof that he was involved with the kidnapping.  Once there, she finds more mystery and people who aren't being honest with her. Will she be able to find out about her sister or has she put herself into danger that she can't escape from.

Good Half Gone kept me turning pages.  Even though I assumed very early on that Iris would never find Piper alive, I was hoping that she could find proof to give to the police who were basically uninterested in solving the case.  Iris needed to put all of this behind her so that she could relax and enjoy life with Cal.  Her grandmother is getting old and having health problems and may not be able to take care of Cal much longer but she felt that she had to make this one last attempt to find out what really happened to her sister.

I always enjoy books about sisters and understood Iris's need to find out about her sister.  The book is full of twists and turns and even when I thought I had it all figured out, I'd find out that I was off track.  There is a huge surprise at the end that I didn't see coming that tied up all of the loose ends.  Tarryn Fisher is a new author for me and I've already ordered some of her older books.

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Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.   

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