The Last Good Day of the Year is a solid and well written YA mystery/suspense/thriller with an ending that left me haunted. Time and age often change our perceptions of events, and in this case, a teen realizes she isn’t so sure about an accusation she made as a child – an accusation that put a boy in prison and may have let a killer walk free. I gave this four stars, and I can’t wait to get it in our classroom library.
This was a compelling mystery that kept me guessing, and the end was chilling. This isn’t an action packed book, but it is well paced to develop the complex miasma of damage, guilt, and questions that haunt a family who has lost a child. Samantha is a perfectly situated narrator. Hovering between the innocent child and the aware young adult, Sam is trying to make sense of what she thought she knew and her growing suspicions. Her hesitation to upset the finely balanced life her family now lives makes sense to readers. Her compulsion to understand what really happened is equally clear. I thought this was very engaging and I read it in one sitting.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.