In the masterful follow-up to the runaway hit All the Missing Girls, a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.
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?
Megan Miranda is a fantastic, top-notch writer! I devoured The Perfect Stranger in two days – it would have been one, but I had to go to work. Miranda knows how to keep readers engaged from the beginning to the end. Her plot is constantly moving and at lighting speed (so pay attention). Miranda is also masterful at providing the right amount of details – nothing less, nothing more. Her characters are well developed and as a reader you get to know them quite well. The Perfect Stranger is full of layers that will keep you intrigued, guessing and doubting your assumptions. Like most readers, I absolutely loved her first (adult) novel, All the Missing Girls . If you have not read this masterpiece (written cleverly in reverse), I don’t know what you are waiting for! Megan, I am so happy you decided to write for adults – I just hate I now have to wait a while for a new book. 🙁
I would like to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for providing me with an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.