Author: Megan Miranda
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
In the masterful follow-up to the runaway hit All the Missing Girls, 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?
Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster for sending an ARC copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
What can I say? Megan Miranda has outdone herself once again. First with her best-selling book All The Missing Girls and again with her latest thrill, The Perfect Stranger.
This book starts off slow, introduces all of the characters, but does not fully explain their part in the tale. This leaves readers wanting more information to fill their unanswered questions. Continuing through the book, intensity increases, drawing the reader to more questions.
The character each have their own secrets that tie into the writing, but the most twisting character was Leah Stevens, the main character, mother, a level-headed woman who struggled in the past but persists in making good choices for her daughters. Over time, each character develops their own identity, whether it be good or bad, which reflects throughout the plot. There is a little puppy love type relationship presented between characters, but it does lead to anything much. The only unanswered question that bothers me is the main character and her past friend. It would have been interesting to see where the story went after their last meeting when Leah Steven discovered the inconsistency in the friend’s story
Moving at an accelerated pace, this book is a page-turner for those that enjoy psychological thrillers. A definite read that will keep you up until midnight in order to finish reading it (I’m not saying I didn’t do this, because I, in fact, did). I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy these types of novels, mostly because you can never have enough thrill in one’s life.
**Side Note// Being that my mother had read the first book and loved it so much when I had informed her I was receiving her second one, she insisted one reading it after me, which she did. She loved the book as well and highly recommends the author’s first book, All The Missing Girls as well as this one**