Last Woman Standing - Amy Gentry
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
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?
I’d been really looking forward to the second book by Amy Gentry, after her first book ‘Good as Gone’ blew me away last year. So I had really high expectations for this one, but I’m afraid it fell short. It started off with a really slow pace and felt in parts quite boring. I just kept thinking “is this going to get going soon?” It finally did about 60% in, and I started to want to reach the end to know the outcome. However, you have to get to that 60% mark first without giving up; I felt it needed some hooks earlier on to peak my interest. The characters were unlikeable, and I just couldn’t feel sorry for Dana, and her ‘friendship’ with Jason just lacked any kind of chemistry. I felt her traumas were made up as if she was kind of “oh yeah that happened to me as well” I know she says she’d tried not to think about those things, but it made it ring untrue. It was an interesting book to read especially with the current #metoo movement. How far are people willing to go for revenge outside the law? However, overall, the book just didn’t live up to expectations which was a shame.