The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

“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?”

Okay so here it goes, my first review of a thriller novel! I am first and foremost a scaredy pants. Honest, look up the definition of scaredy pants and you will totally see a picture of me! What’s weird about me though, is I LOVE reading thriller novels and watching thrillers, usually I can only make up the courage to do so a couple of times every few months! Anyways jumping right in I have never read a book by Megan Miranda until now and boy am I glad I did!

Can you imagine knowing someone for close to a decade, living with them, sharing personal information with them only to learn when they go missing they do not exist? This very thing happened to Leah and she not only had to go back to the past she ran away from but she also had to prove her credibility all while figuring out who, if anyone is trying to harm her. This book is like piecing together a puzzle, a semi-complex puzzle where every time you think you know something or have the right piece, guess what? You totally don’t! I felt so many emotions towards the main character, Leah over the course of the novel. I was sad for Leah, angry with Leah, annoyed with Leah, proud of Leah and all of the things in between!

I think what sold me the most though is how I felt while reading this book. If a book can make me think of or remember a book I’ve read in the past, the new book automatically AT LEAST has to be 3 stars! I couldn’t help but think of the book Stranger with My Face” by Lois Duncan, which I read in middle school! Middle school y’all! This book was so great that it reminded me of one of my favorite middle school thriller books! Way to go Megan Miranda!

This book is a solid 4 out of 5 stars! I read mixed reviews on this book after I picked it up to read and I am not sure what those are all about but trust me when I say this book is well worth your time! I’m currently reading “All the Missing Girls” by Megan Miranda and cannot wait to dive into her writing style once more!

If you’ve read The Perfect Stranger or are reading it comment below! Let me know what you think.



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