The Perfect Stranger
Mystery, Thriller + Suspense
April 11th 2017
Synopsis: 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?
This book was just so so for me. It kept my interest well enough but I found that there were too many stories in one book. I felt that the story of why Leah had to run away and then the story of what happened once Leah ran away could have been two different books. It got to be a bit convoluted. I was actually more interested in learning more about what happened back in Boston with Aaron than I was about Emmy. I did enjoy the relationship between Leah & Kyle which is probably why the book held my interest. I also found the ending to be a let down. There was so much potential with the story and the way the author ended it made me feel like WAIT THAT'S IT? I would tell people to read the author's other book, All the Missing Girls, and maybe skip this one.
Favorite Quotes: "This was my belief. That the truth rises to the surface like air bubbles in boiling water. That it rushes upward like a force of nature, exploding in a gasp of air when it reaches the surface, as it was always intended to do."
“Truth and story—doesn’t matter which comes first as long as you get where you need to be at the end. As long as you end at the truth, all’s fair.”
The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda was last modified: August 21st, 2017 by Kristeena