Good Reads Description:
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.
Helen says: 🤓🤓🤓
This book is a mystery-thriller, and I truly had no idea what was going to happen next. It took me a while to figure out if it was “cheesy” or not. I noticed on the book jacket that the author went to MIT, so I gave it the benefit of the doubt – who am I to judge? 😉 After reading a ton of mystery/ thrillers loosely based on the Gone Girl style, I have gotten pretty good at figuring out plot twists, and this ending took me by surprise. Negative point: not a lot of character development. p.s. This book takes place in North Carolina!
Holly says: 🤓🤓🤓1/2
A thoroughly enjoyable, though probably not memorable, read. Entertaining, and I’m glad I read it, and I definitely recommend it. I give it an A+ for unpredictability and plot twists. Remember Baby Jessica in the well? If you do, you cannot help but think Megan Miranda remembers her too, wondered what became of her, and let her imagination take over. I enjoyed the writing style of interspersing current day with the transcripts and news reports of Arden/Olivia’s disappearance. A fast, entertaining and fun read. Would also make a good movie – psychological thriller – one of my favorite genres. SPOILER ALERT: Do not read the next part if you intend to read and don’t want any “clues”. The title of this book could also be: If Baby Jessica’s Mother Had Munchausen by Proxy.