The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
Published June 23, 2020
Hardcover, 236 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 4/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Simon & Schuster, I received an eARC)
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, in this propulsive page-turner from suspense master Megan Miranda.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, though I have been interested in reading books by them for a long time. I’m glad that this is the first book I read by them, because it was a really good read that made me want to pick up more books they wrote. I thought the storyline was unique and the twists and turns were just right.
At first I wasn’t the biggest fan Arden as a character. I couldn’t really relate to her in the sense that she questioned a lot of things, but was OK with not knowing the actual answers. I’m sure she was more afraid of the real answers than anything else. Eventually I warmed up to her and I saw with the author was trying to portray through her.
This book was definitely full of a lot of twists and turns and kept me on the edge of my seat. There were a few parts that were a bit slow but I felt like that was more because the author was building a story that you fully felt a part of. If you are looking for a very unique thriller and don’t mind slower sections I would highly recommend picking up this book.