April 25, 2017

The Perfect Stranger

The Perfect Stranger
Megan Miranda
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(more like 3.5)
*This review is based on an advanced reading copy. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a chance to read the book in exchange for an honest review*
I'll be honest, I was a little scared going into this because I adored All the Missing Girls and I was afraid that I only really liked it because of the backwards plot, but it doesn't seem like a one hit wonder to me. Miranda's writing is very captivating and I couldn't put this down after about halfway.

Goodreads blurb:
"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?"
The suspense was great in this book. It was just the right amount of creepy without being too scary and you're curious enough about how all of what happens is connected to keep reading. The characters were great too, I found myself relating to Leah and I actually really liked how mysterious Emmy was. I can't really pinpoint what was lacking about the book; maybe it was just how high my expectations were after AtMG that a normal novel wasn't enough for me. Either way, it was good... but not great.

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