Monday, May 4, 2020

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

A suspense novel about a young woman plagued by night terrors after a childhood trauma who wakes one evening to find a corpse at her feet.

Everyone knows the story of “the girl from Widow Hills.”

Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye.

Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. She’s managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking outside her home. Until late one night she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.

And now, the girl from Widow Hills is about to become the center of the story, once again.

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TITLE: The Girl from Widow Hills
AUTHOR: Megan Miranda
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
PUBLISH DATE: June 23, 2020
PAGES: 336
ISBN: 1501165429


As a fellow sleep-walker, I was immediately interested after reading the summary of The Girl from Widow Hills. Sleep-walking is no joke! Megan Miranda is one of my favorite authors and I’ve read everything she’s written with great delight and The Girl from Widow Hills was no exception.

Six-year-old Arden narrowly escaped death when she left the house one night in a sleep-walkers daze and was swept away into a drainage system during heavy rains. Her survival is hailed as a miracle but along with the well-wishers comes the weirdo’s and the stalkers. Because of this, Arden changes her name, cut’s ties with her drug addicted mother and becomes a successful hospital administrator in a rural area. Just when Arden, now Olivia, becomes comfortable in her new life, she begins sleep-walking again. One night, with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet, she wonders if her sleeping self is capable of murder. And so begins this delicious and complex thriller that kept a nail-biting pace throughout, page after page!

Ms. Miranda has set the stage beautifully, the creepy ‘I feel like someone’s watching me’ vibe that permeated Olivia’s life with just the right amount of ‘who can I trust’ characters basically kept me second guessing all the characters in the book, even those I really liked from the start. There is an overwhelming dark and eerie atmosphere that I was really digging and the twists were perfect and well-timed. This is a must read for any fan of Ms. Miranda’s or any fan of thrillers, suspense, or mystery.

My most sincere thanks to Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of The Girl from Widow Hills in exchange for my review.

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