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Monday, April 3, 2017

Book Review: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Simon and Schuster, via Netgalley, for review, purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

 This new book releases tomorrow, and is the perfect book to start off our
'Mystery Week', with mystery book reviews every day!

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In the masterful follow-up to the runaway hit All the Missing Girls—a “fiendishly plotted thriller” (Publishers Weekly)—a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.

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?


I have to admit, I wasn't as entranced with this book , as I was All the Missing Girls, and in fact I put it down twice, as it is so much slower than other books I've been reading, before finally making headway with it and getting into the story. It is more of a slow-burn of a thriller, versus a catch you by the seat of your pants one. But once the set up is complete, THEN the story really takes off and you're rapidly turning the pages, to see which ending the author will give you (as they are readily apparent by the middle of the book). If you have not read the previous book, then this would be a great book for Spring Break, to finish while the kids are out playing, and you have the time it needs! If you have read the previous book, this is still a worthwhile read, but it just isn't the same, 'have you running to tell everyone you know about it' escape as the previous book, so do be warned! 

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 FractureHysteriaVengeanceSoulprint, 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 is her second novel of psychological suspense. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter, or visit MeganMiranda.com

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