on April 11th 2017
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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?
There’s always a hit or miss book with Megan Miranda’s novels for me. The Perfect Stranger was one of those books that I really wanted to like, but ended up being disappointed with it. After reading All the Missing Girls I expected this novel to be just as spooky, but the cover was kind of deceiving. It’s not until halfway through the novel that I was finally feeling pretty spooked.
It was interesting to see how people perceived her throughout the novel. Is she crazy? Or paranoid? Or is she just more observant than others? She’s not concerned that her roommate disappeared until an officer, Donovan, shows up when she reported her missing and wants more information so that they could have a lead to Emmy’s whereabouts. It’s interesting to see as the novel progressed that you realize that Leah doesn’t know much about Emmy. There’s also the fact that Donovan even questions her if Emmy did existed or was she just a figment of her imagination. Which made me want to really believe in Leah that Emmy wasn’t a figment, but a real person. Except that questions continued to form as I continued reading.
The beginning was slow paced, but I liked how we got to know a bit of Leah before the story really began. Even though I found it boring to see Leah’s mundane life, back before she decided to ditch her life and move to the middle of nowhere, she’s clever to use her students to give her a new perspective on things. Especially when there are accusations between her and another teacher. There was a lot of tiny mysteries in the book that even it makes you feel suspicious of everyone. The ending left me with a “huh, that’s it” kind of feeling. It wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be after piecing all the clues together. I think I was expecting a dramatic ending after reading All the Missing Girls.