Last Woman Standing by Amy Gentry
Published: January 15, 2019
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genres: thriller, mystery
Rating: 3 stars
Recommend to fans of: psycho ex-girlfriends, the #MeToo Movement, revenge
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Dana Diaz is an aspiring stand‑up comedian—a woman in a man’s world. When she meets a tough computer programmer named Amanda Dorn, the two bond over their struggles in boys’ club professions. Dana confides that she’s recently been harassed and assaulted while in L.A., and Amanda comes up with a plan: they should go after each other’s assailants, Strangers on a Train–style. But Dana finds that revenge, however sweet, draws her into a more complicated series of betrayals. Soon her distrust turns to paranoia, encompassing strangers, friends—and even herself. At what cost will she get her vengeance? Who will end up getting hurt? And when it’s all over, will there be anyone left to trust?
Thank you to NetGalley, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Amy Gentry for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.
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Trigger Warning: sexual assault, domestic violence, murder
- Good representation of women in comedy
- Presents information and an opportunity to discuss different types of sexual violence
- The twists & turns are timed very well
- A high intensity thriller
- Use of up to date technology in crimes
- Main character: Dana
- Revenge because of being sexually assaulted
- Most of the plot was about getting back at the men — made me feel incredibly uncomfortable
- Beginning: lots of information presented all at once and seemed forced
- The cold realization that the characters, and readers, have at the end
- There was a less intense way of proving the men sexually assaulted them
- We were about to explore more about Dana’s relationship with her mom and other close friend
- I could feel less uncomfortable about the main plot line, of revenge
Overall, a revenge thriller that will keep you reading, but if you’re like me make you feel very uncomfortable. Well written, action packed, and interesting.
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Goodreads: Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)