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Monday, April 3, 2017

Review: The Perfect Stranger (All the Missing Girls #2) by Megan Miranda



Blurb from Goodreads:
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?
My Review:
 
I was so excited to read this one - I read a lot of thrillers last year and All the Missing Girls was one of my favorites. So I am forced a bit to compare the two and tell you that I liked All the Missing Girls more but that this one was still really good and I couldn't put it down once I started! I also admit that I am pretty hard to impress in this genre but Megan Miranda has a definite skill to make the thriller genre feel unique and I love the multi-layered and complex female narrators that she wrote for both of these books. The entire time I couldn't figure out if liked or hated Leah - it was hard to get into her head but I appreciated that complexity. I can't wait to read more by this author!

The Perfect Stranger comes out next week on April 11, 2017 and you can purchase HERE. You can read my review of All the Missing Girls HEREI definitely recommend both of these if you are a fan of thriller/mysteries!
In Boston, they don't really do a good job of warning you about the winter. The postcards look snow-covered and beautiful, the streets still filled with people, the wisps of cold air and the wool coats and waterproof boots all part of the charm, the allure. They don't tell you that most of the time, it's pure misery. Waiting for the bus, walking to the T stop, the persistent dry cough that permeates through the office. The bathrooms and office lobbies covered in melted snow. And us, slowly thawing out inside. The chapped lips, the red noses, the dry skin around our knuckles, and the way the sweaters itch across our collarbones. How you want nothing more than to stay in. The things you do to stay warm. 
And then there's the gray. How the sky cover goes dark in the late fall and seems to stay that way until early spring, always ready for snow or rain. How the cold seems to hover in a fog, like a mirage, just off the ground. And everyone bundles up in layer after layer because you all have to walk everywhere, the puffs of white escaping like smoke as you elbow past one another. 
And nobody seems to notice you. You could be anyone under the down jacket and scarf wrapped over your mouth, your hat pulled down over your ears and your hair. A wolf in sheep's clothing. A sheep in wolf's. And this is why, no matter how many people are out on a street, this does not make for more witnesses but somehow less. It could be anyone. Anyone standing on their toes, peering in the window.

5 comments:

  1. I've read YA books by her and didn't like them, but I'm curious about these. Everyone says that they are better. I'm glad you liked it, Eva!

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  2. I think I should give the first book a shot sometime. I need to read more thrillers!

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  3. This one looks pretty good, and I didn't realize it was a follow up to All the Missing Girls. Love your honesty, as always.

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  4. I can't wait to read this! I've had to wait so I could finish a few other review copies before diving in but I hope to get to it soon. Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Eva! Great review! :)

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