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The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

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About the book:

What happens when your best friend becomes your worst nightmare…

Having reached a dead end in Boston, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs a change. When she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who is moving to rural Pennsylvania, Leah decides to join her. But their fresh start is quickly 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 helps Detective Kyle Donovan to investigate her friend’s life for clues. But with no friends, family or digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Forced to question her version of reality and to save herself, Leah must uncover the truth – no matter how dark or terrible it may be…

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My thoughts:

Having read and enjoyed All The Missing Girls, I was looking forward to reading The Perfect Stranger, especially as Ellen had reviewed it (HERE) for the blog tour and raved about it. I figured I would give it a go too.

Firstly, we have one of my favourite themes here; small town claustrophobia. I am a big fan of this kind of story because it cranks up the tension as you move your way through the story.

In The Perfect Stranger, we meet Leah and Emmy, who have both moved to Pennsylvania, both escaping something and in need of a fresh start. When the body of a woman resembling Leah is found dead, and then Emmy disappears, Leah is thrown into the investigation that becomes twisted very quickly.

While I flew through this one, I found it a little flatter than what I was expecting. I had suspicions though, so needless to say, that kept me reading to see whether or not they were well-founded! I wasn’t too far wrong!

I did enjoy The Perfect Stranger. It was a nice, easy read that ensured I kept turning those pages. Not anything new to the genre, but an intriguing little mystery all the same.

Recommended!

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Blog Tour~ The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda Ellen’s Review

Hi everyone,

Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda today, and I get to share her fab review with you all!

About the book:

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What happens when your best friend becomes your worst nightmare…

Having reached a dead end in Boston, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs a change. When she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who is moving to rural Pennsylvania, Leah decides to join her. But their fresh start is quickly 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 helps Detective Kyle Donovan to investigate her friend’s life for clues. But with no friends, family or digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Forced to question her version of reality and to save herself, Leah must uncover the truth – no matter how dark or terrible it may be…

Published by Corvus, you can get your copy by clicking HERE!

About the author:

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Megan Miranda is the author of the bestseller ALL THE MISSING GIRLS. She has also written several books for young adults. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. THE PERFECT STRANGER is her second novel of psychological suspense. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter and Instagram, or @AuthorMeganMiranda on Facebook.

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Ellen’s review:

This is the first book by Megan Miranda that I have read and I am excited to see that I have so many others to catch up on as I really enjoyed The Perfect Stranger.

Leah Stevens is a journalist from Boston; she has run away from a scandal of her own creation and started a new life as a teacher in rural Pennsylvania with old friend Emmy Grey. Both of them go to Pennsylvania looking for a fresh start and are both hiding secrets but Leah’s life starts to unravel as she is the victim of a stalker, a woman who looks like her is assaulted and Emmy goes missing. From then on events take a chilling turn as it becomes apparent that there is no evidence that Emmy Grey ever existed, everything is in Leah’s name and there is nothing but Leah’s word to say they shared a house together. On further questioning it seems that Leah didn’t really know Emmy at all….in fact there is the feeling that Emmy is a figment of her imagination.

There are subtle clues dropped throughout out the story that click into place as you go along. Why was Leah under threat of a restraining order and lawsuit in Boston? Why is she so intent on keeping under the radar in her new role as a teacher? I was a massive fan of Gone Girl and there was a similar vibe in The Perfect Stranger.

Five stars from me.

Check out the blog tour:

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All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda Blog Tour Day 5…

Hi everyone,

So today is my stop on the reverse blog tour for Megan Miranda’s All The Missing Girls. If you’ve been following the tour, you’ll notice that it is being done backwards to reflect the style in which the book is written. I’m lucky enough to have a Q&A with the author, as well as sharing my review with you guys too. Before all that though, here’s all of the important bookish info…

About the book:

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared without trace. Then a letter from her father arrives – ‘I need to talk to you. That girl. I saw that girl.’ Has her father’s dementia worsened, or has he really seen Corinne? Returning home, Nicolette must finally face what happened on that terrible night all those years ago.

Then, another young woman goes missing, almost to the day of the anniversary of when Corinne vanished. And like ten years ago, the whole town is a suspect.

Told backwards – Day 15 to Day 1 – Nicolette works to unravel the truth, revealing shocking secrets about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne.

Click HERE to get your copy!

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About the author:

Megan Miranda is the author of the young adult novels FRACTURE, HYSTERIA, VENGEANCE, and SOULPRINT. Her next young adult novel, THE SAFEST LIES, will be published by Crown BFYR/Random House on May 24th, 2016. Her first novel for adults, ALL THE MISSING GIRLS, is published in the UK in 2017. Megan has a degree in Biology from MIT and currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and two children.

Q&A with Megan Miranda:

Can you tell me a little about your journey to publication?
I worked in biotech, and then as a high school science teacher, before my first book was published. But I was a lifelong reader, and I always loved to write. When my kids were little, I set myself the goal of finishing my first book, which was the start of my journey to publication. I’ve been writing full time ever since. All the Missing Girls is my first book for adults, but it’s my sixth published book.

What made you choose to write a psychological thriller when you’ve written YA previously?

I am a huge fan of the psychological thriller genre. My YA books are also in the suspense/thriller category, so I’ve always been drawn to writing these types of stories. This time, though, I wanted to write about how an event that happened in the teen years could affect the characters as adults. I was interested in writing about the ways the past shaped the different characters, whether they could ever leave the past behind, or whether the past still had a hold on them.

How would you describe All The Missing Girls to readers who have yet to pick it up?
All the Missing Girls is the story of two women who’ve gone missing ten years apart, and whose cases are linked by the same group of friends in a small North Carolina town. And it’s told in reverse, from Day 15 to Day 1.

What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?
Oh, just one? I’d say starting a new project. I love writing beginnings, when I’m just discovering the characters and the story, and anything feels possible.

What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?
For me, the hardest work comes in the revision process. But this is also where a book takes shape and ultimately comes to life, so I wouldn’t say I dislike it—it’s just a different kind of work.

Where do you see your writing career 5 years from now?
I hope to be doing the same thing I’m doing now: writing the projects I’m excited about, that really speak to me.

What’s next for you?
My next psychological thriller is called The Perfect Stranger. It’s about two women who reconnect years after they were roommates, both in desperate need of a fresh start. But when one of them goes missing, there’s no evidence she was ever there to begin with.

Can you tell me your all time favourite book, or if you have to, your top 5?
It depends on the day! But I’ll go with I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak.

Has there been any books you’ve read that you wish you had written?
Sometimes when I read and love a book that really speaks to me, I’ll have this moment where I’ll wish I had written it. But I also think everyone brings something unique to the page, and the same idea in different hands will be vastly different depending on the writer.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I’m usually hanging out with my two kids, who are currently 8 and 10.

Have you any hobbies that aren’t book-related?
We live close to a lake, so in the summers, we spend a lot of time out on the water.

What’s your favourite holiday destination?
The beach. Any place where there is a beach!

Favourite food?
Macaroni and cheese

Favourite drink?
Coffee


My thoughts:

I was lucky enough to get a copy of All The Missing Girls from the publisher to review, and I started it pretty much straight away. Something about that cover just screamed “read me now”!

As mentioned above, it is told in reverse chronological order. This requires concentration because it has a few characters that you need to follow. More than once, I had to go back (or forward) a bit just to make sure I was on the right track. This didn’t detract from the story for me though.

All The Missing Girls is a really intriguing read. It follows Nicolette, small town girl done good kinda story, as she returns home after receiving a letter from her father referring to Corinne, who went missing 10 years ago. Not long after, another girl goes missing in similar circumstances. What follows is the countdown to that day.

I really enjoyed reading All The Missing Girls. I’m a fan of small town claustrophobia books, and this is definitely present here. Full of secrets and lies, it’s hard to figure out what happened ten years ago and what’s happening now.

The author has done a great job in confusing the reader. Not in a bad way, by any means. I found myself making my brain work overtime to try and work out the connections which is always fun when reading a book. Thoroughly enjoyed this one!


Many thanks to Megan Miranda for answering my questions and to Corvus Books for having me on the blog tour! Make sure you keep up with the tour too!

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