Bloomsbury sent me a copy of The Last Good Day of the Year in exchange for an honest review. I haven't been in the mood for a mystery lately, but as part of the Biannual Bibliothon I decided to pick it up. I finished it in one sitting (I NEVER do that!) so it was a nice and quick read. Here's what I thought;

'Ten years ago, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and took her younger sister, Turtle, from her sleeping bag. Remy and Sam, too afraid to intervene at the time, later identified the man as Sam’s sister Gretchen’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steven, who was sent to prison for Turtle’s murder.

Now, Sam’s shattered family is returning to her childhood home in an effort to heal. As long-buried memories begin to surface, Sam wonders if she and Remy accurately registered everything they saw. The more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they discover about what really happened to Turtle.; -Goodreads Summary

CHARACTERS; There was such a wide variety of different characters in the book and I found that really interesting to read about. Sam and her family have been through a lot over the last ten years, and this shaped each of them differently. Sam stays as the 'good girl' yet ventures out of her comfort zone, her sister Gretchen stays the bad girl, and their mum hasn't been the same since Turtle was taken. I really didn't like the mum, I found her quite bitchy even though I understand she was going through a lot. I LOVE Remy! He was great to read about and I loved learning more about he and Sam's friendship.

PLOT / STORY LINE; I found the overall story line really interesting. I read it in a few hours and I was constantly intrigued with what was going on. I also loved how the perspective of the story changed from the present time (90's) and the past when Turtle was taken (80's). This way the readers were able to gain a lot more understanding of what happened that night and how it affected the characters in the present time. The fact that it went back and forth between the two different times wasn't confusing and instead added more suspense to the story.

ENDING; I liked the ending to the book, however it wasn't my favourite aspect of it. Everything wrapped up nicely as the readers and characters discovered what actually happened that night. Although I found it unexpected and didn't see it coming at all, I felt like it wasn't as satisfying or shocking as I would have liked. The ending was also a little bit emotional but I liked that the book drew a whole range of different emotions from me.

Overall, I decided to give this book 4.5 stars out of 5. I highly recommend to readers of YA mystery or if you are looking for a quick and easy read :)

Check out the book;
Goodreads; https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20613800-the-last-good-day-of-the-year
Bloomsbury; http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-last-good-day-of-the-year-9780802736628/
Dymocks: https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-last-good-day-of-the-year-by-jessica-warman-9780802736628/#.V4BvJPl97IU
Amazon; https://www.amazon.com.au/Last-Good-Day-Year/dp/B00WKDN8MC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468034875&sr=8-1&keywords=the+last+good+day+of+the+year


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