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The Perfect Stranger: A Novel Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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Praise for THE PERFECT STRANGER
"Miranda's eerie suspense thriller...smartly examines the slippery theme of personal identity. In a world where identities are regularly lost, stolen or sacrificed for reasons innocent and otherwise, it's not enough to wonder where Emmy has gone. We need to know who she is, if she is who she says she is—and if she exists at all."
—New York Times Book Review
"Fans of Gillian Flynn, Chevy Stevens, and Jennifer McMahon will devour this relentlessly paced and deftly plotted thriller... The story moves at a feverish, unfaltering pace, keeping readers just as perplexed as the characters."
"YA author Miranda, who moved into the adult market with All the Missing Girls, proves she isn’t a one-hit wonder with this exciting thriller. Its twisty tale with many layers—a little romance, great writing, and an awesome story line—will keep psychological suspense fans turning the pages."
"Solid plot... An entertaining read."
"An excellent second novel of psychological suspense…Highly recommended for fans of Alafair Burke, Gillian Flynn, and Lisa Lutz, and for all readers who like their female characters clever and resourceful, even when their best friends become their worst nightmares.”
"Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will blow through this new thriller."
"Megan Miranda does a terrific job in this book of creating and maintaining an atmosphere of menace and uncertainty. She skillfully drip-feeds the truth about Leah’s situation, hinting at what she’s running from and slowly fitting the pieces of the puzzle together – although it’s not until well into the story that we finally discover the nature of the terrifying events that set her on the path she’s now travelling."
—All About Romance
"The distinct and well-defined characters add to the suspense, complete with twists and turns, and will make the reader wonder."
—New York Journal of Books
"Fans of Miranda’s may rejoice, and those that haven’t read her work will have to start now. This riveting psychological thriller may leave you jumping at strange noises and sleeping with the lights burning, but oh, it will be worth it!...The plot here is taut and original, but the success of the story hinges on character."
—Seattle Book Mania
Praise for ALL THE MISSING GIRLS
***A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER***
A New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice"
"This thriller’s all of your fav page-turners (think: Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl) rolled into one."
"Both [Gillian] Flynn’s and Miranda’s main characters also reclaim the right of female characters to be more than victim or femme fatale… All the Missing Girls is set to become one of the best books of 2016."
—Los Angeles Review of Books
"Extremely interesting… A novel that will probably be called Hitchcockian."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Are you paying attention? You'll need to be; this thriller will test your brain with its reverse chronological structure, and it's a page-turner to boot."
"Intricately plotted… Ms. Miranda brings heightened suspense and a twist to this familiar scenario by telling the story, which unfolds over 15 days, in reverse chronological order."
—The New York Times
"Fast-paced and frightening, All the Missing Girls will teach you why it's dangerous to go into the woods alone at night."
"All the Missing Girls is the archetypal murder mystery, the kind it seems like everyone has been hungry for since Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins's Girl on the Train."
"A new spin on a classic 'missing person' thriller, All the Missing Girls is the perfect read for thriller fans."
"A twisty, compulsive read—I loved it."
—Ruth Ware, author of THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Darkly nostalgic.... Miranda takes a risk by telling the story backward, but it pays off with an undroppable thriller, plenty of romantic suspense, and a fresh take on the decades-old teenage-murder theme."
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 is her second novel of psychological suspense. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter, or visit MeganMiranda.com.
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An absolutely fantastic suspense novel! Keeps you guessing! Leah Stevens is a reporter for a Boston newspaper. She writes a story that opens her up to a potential libel charge. The details are revealed slowly throughout the novel. She has to leave the paper and realizes it might be best if she also leaves Boston altogether. She runs into an old friend, Emmy, who's also looking to start over. Emmy has plans to go to western Pennsylvania, a rural area completely different than what Leah is used to. Leah decides to go with her. Leah gets a job as a teacher at a local school and they rent a cabin on the edge of the woods. Leah doesn't see much of her roommate, because Emmy works nights. Days can go by without them running into each other. The one day, driving to school, Leah comes across a crime scene. A woman had been bludgeoned and left to die near the lake. Leah is relieved that it's not Emmy, that they know who the woman is. Someone named Bethany. The man they suspect is the same man who has apparently been stalking Leah, which ties her to the case. She realizes also that she hasn't seen Emmy for quite some time. Leah reports this to the police, and when they ask for details of Emmy's life---for instance, where she works, Leah only has the vaguest details. Emmy had told her she worked nights cleaning at a run-down motel. But she didn't tell Leah the name of it. Eventually, the police, and the reader, start to wonder if Emmy even exists or if she only exists in Leah's mind. The novel is told in the first person, from Leah's point of view. There are a lot of surprises, and a satisfying ending that ties up all the loose ends. The novel is well-plotted, and the characters also ring true.
Also, I liked the way Leah's personality and character were revealed as the novel went along. At first, it was difficult to know what kind of person Leah was. There were a lot of unanswered questions as to the motivations behind her actions. But when the entire story came out, you could see that she was a survivor who had been through a lot, and her previously inexplicable actions made sense.
Was very excited when I saw that the author of All the Missing Girls had a new book coming out. I Really liked All the Missing Girls and couldn’t wait to read this new book The Perfect Stranger. And it didn’t disappoint.
Leah has lost her job as a journalist in Boston and then runs into her old roommate Emmy (who she has not seen in 8 years) Together they decide they need a new start in life and move to a small town in Pennsylvania (Where it seems like everyone who wants a new start has gone lol)
When the book starts Leah has realized she has not seen Emmy in a few days, at first she was not concerned since they both work different shifts. And while she does not want to contact the police, since they are both trying to stay under the radar. She finally does contact Kyle Donovan the detective that is investigating the attack on a woman that looks like Leah. But as the investigation unfolds all kinds of questions come up, What did Leah do at her job in Boston to make her need to leave, who is Emmy really and where is she, and who is this woman Bethany that was attached and looks like Leah. And most important how are they all connected?
Everyone in this town seems to have some sort of secret and I was not sure which of them was actually being truthful. I had suspicions about everyone, Leah, Kyle, Kate (a teacher at Leah’s school), the Principal, even a couple kids in Leah’s class lol
There were a couple things that I did have issues with though, First the fact that it was so long before Leah realized she had not seen Emmy. I know they worked different schedules, but I was like really, it took you this long to realize that she has not been home. Even with some of the explanations the Leah gave as to why I was still skeptical. Second, the front sliding glass doors that Leah kept feeling like someone was watching her. All I kept thinking was, Put up some curtains then. lol
But other than that, I very much enjoyed this book. I like how it kept me guessing.
I think what I really enjoyed most though, was all through the book we were given hints to who Emmy was and what happened to make Leah leave her job and move from Boston. I did figure out a couple things, but for the most part until the end when it was all spelled out for me, I didn’t figure much out lol And the very end, well never suspected that :)