The Perfect Stranger: A Novel by Megan Miranda
Page Count: 352
Published by: Simon & Schuster (April 11, 2017)
Genre: Coming of Age/Suspense/Contemporary Women’s Fiction
My Rating: 5/5
Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.
Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.
Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?
My Thoughts: How well do we know our friends? Considering most of our adult friends are met outside of their circle of family, is it possible that everything they have told us is lies. Is it possible that one of our friends is actually a complete stranger? These questions are only a few the protagonist in Megan Miranda’s new novel, The Perfect Stranger, starts to ask herself when her longtime friend, Emmy, goes missing.
The Perfect Stranger was an amazingly suspenseful novel that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. Filled with completely satisfying twists and turns, this story captivated my attention through to the end. The plot was mapped out very well. At the end, I discovered all the little breadcrumbs Miranda had left for me along the way to her fantastic ending. I found the characters to be very developed and believable. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised by how this story was not only plausible in real life, but scary. It made me realize I may be just a little too trusting sometimes.
Would I Recommend: Absolutely! It’s a great read; one I found myself breezing through in a day because I couldn’t put it down. Not having read any of her previous books, The Perfect Stranger has made me a fan and now I want to read her earlier writings. The setting of this book would make it a great vacation read, so with summer coming around, I suggest picking up a copy!
About the Author:
Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.
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P.S. Here goes the little disclaimer…
Thanks goes to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to review this book prior to publication. All opinions expressed in this review are solely mine and I did not receive any payment.