Book Review: ‘Good Half Gone’ by Tarryn Fisher

A gripping psychological thriller with a labyrinth of secrets, but not without its twists and turns

Book Title: Good Half Gone
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Publisher: HQ
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 978-0008665265
Date Published: Mar. 25, 2024
Price: INR 347

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Book Review

Tarryn Fisher’s latest psychological thriller, “Good Half Gone,” is a rollercoaster of twists and turns that will make readers doubt all they think they know. Fisher’s intriguing concept and complex storyline lead readers on a voyage of mystery, intrigue, and surprising revelations.

However, while the novel’s idea is unquestionably intriguing, its implementation may leave readers with conflicting views. The protagonists of the tale are the sixteen-year-old twins Piper and Iris Walsh, whose lives are permanently altered after Piper is kidnapped during a party.

Iris is still troubled by her sister’s disappearance nine years later. She is parenting Piper’s boy as her own and is never stopping in her quest for information. In her search for the truth, Iris interns at the Shoal Island Hospital for the Criminally Insane and soon finds herself enmeshed in a web of lies and secrets that threatens to devour her.

Each chapter of Tarryn Fisher’s masterfully written story reveals more facets of the mystery, building to a tense and suspenseful finale. The psychiatric institute’s isolated island location provides a spooky background for the story and heightens the ominous and uneasy vibe.

Nonetheless, some readers may find the numerous time jumps and plethora of seemingly unimportant information to be too much, which would hurt the story’s overall coherence and pace.

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While the novel’s finale includes a number of surprising disclosures, it may also leave readers feeling conflicted. While certain surprises are artfully predicted and lend dimension to the plot, others border on the unbelievable, straining credibility and detracting from the story’s impact. Furthermore, the insertion of a romance subplot appears contrived and detracts from the intensity of Iris’ search for the truth, diluting the novel’s main emphasis.

Good Half Gone” is a strong thriller with an intriguing idea and evocative backdrop, to sum up. Although the novel’s intricate narrative and surprising turns will keep readers interested, some readers may not be happy with the book’s speed or resolution. Notwithstanding its shortcomings, Fisher’s examination of kinship ties, fortitude, and the pursuit of justice is a thought-provoking reading that stays with you long after the last page.

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