What I Loved:
This is my first book by Megan Miranda and it WILL NOT be my last! I was blown away by her writing and story-telling. I found myself unable to put this book down!
How I Felt:
Olivia tries to keep her past a secret from everyone around her. As a young child, she was Arden Maynor. She suffered from sleepwalking and was swept away during a rainstorm and trapped for three days in a storm drain. Those three days are locked away in her brain and she cannot remember any of it. The media storm that followed her disappearance and eventual discovery and recovery followed her for years. Finally, she chose to move away and change her name.
Olivia is now an adult. She owns a home, a bit out of the way, but has a friendly neighbor that keeps her company. She’s happy until she receives a box filled with her mother’s belongings and the information that her mother has died. The sleepwalking returns and Olivia wakes one night to find a dead body at her feet.
I really enjoyed the overall plot of this story. I wasn’t sure where the book was headed at first, but once she wakes up with that body under her feet, I was ready to strap in and enjoy the ride!
Olivia’s character was one that I really enjoy in a thriller. I love it when the main character isn’t just hiding in a corner with a woe-is-me attitude. She’s up and moving, trying to protect herself and figure out what is going on. I liked her character and enjoyed her story.
The writing was so good. Even in the beginning when I wasn’t sure what the story was going to be about, I was still so intrigued. I liked the backstory and the pace set by the writing.
Overall, I found this to be an excellent thriller with a strong story, and I cannot wait to get my hands on more Megan Miranda writing!
This book discusses child harm, child abuse, sleepwalking, murder, addiction, prescription addiction and abuse, and stalking.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend The Girl from Widow Hills for readers that enjoy a psychological thriller with a lot of secrets to uncover!
Where to Find This Book:
The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda publishes on June 23, 2020 and is available at these sites.
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.
Just the Facts:
The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
Genre: Thriller / Suspense / Mystery
Page Count: 336 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pub Date: June 23, 2020
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.