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One of the main reasons why I don't like reading synopsis' beforehand is because it tends to leave me with big expectations. That was the case for this book, and I went in thinking I was getting a lot more than what was delivered. The Last Good Day of they Year certainly has great writing and an interesting storyline, but I feel like it didn't hit the mark for me and I didn't get the "powerful thriller" aspect that was promised.
It took me a long time to finish reading the book because I had a hard time after the first few chapters and I couldn't connect with the characters. And even though I understand why the author gave so much backstory surrounding the tragedy, I still felt overwhelmed whenever she'd take us in the past or bring up segments from ---(I forgot the name of the man) his book.
I guess my main issue with the story is that I wanted to feel more for the characters, in particularly Sam, especially since this book is based on such a horrific event. I wanted to feel their emotions and invest more in the story, but I couldn't. Sadly, I was more focused on finding out who the real killer was and just finishing it.
Like I said, the author is a great writer; her words flowed perfectly. But the story itself kind of fell short on the mystery aspect, and when the real murderer is unveiled, there wasn't a lot of momentum towards it. It felt a bit rushed actually, compared to the pace of the rest of the book.
Overall, it's an okay read. If you don't mind backstories, details, a subtle mystery with family drama, do give this one a try.