The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
Simon & Schuster: 4/11/17
eBook review copy; 352 pages
The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda is a very highly
recommended page-turner and I relished every one of those pages in this
complex tale of suspense.
Leah Stevens was a journalist in Boston, but needed to resign from her
job due to a story she wrote. Now she needs to find something new to do -
in a hurry. By coincidence she runs into a roommate she had years ago
during a time in her life when she also needed help in a hurry. Emmy was
there eight years ago when they first met and helped Leah out before
Emmy went overseas with the Peace Corp. It is a shocking surprise for
Leah to run into Emmy now. The two immediately bond and take up where
they left off. They decide to move together to a small town in Western
Pennsylvania on a whim. Leah can get a position teaching at the high
school and Emmy can find a job doing something.
Then a woman who closely resembles Leah is found seriously injured and
Emmy has gone missing. Leah works with the police to try and help them
while at the same time she tries to get them to look into the
whereabouts of her missing friend. As both investigations continue it
becomes increasingly clear that Leah really never knew Emmy well at all
and the police are beginning to look at her as a suspect. Leah realizes
that she needs to use her journalistic skills to uncover the truth about
what happened and who Emmy really is.
Leah is a well-developed character and I began to like her more and more
as the novel progressed and doubts began to develop. She becomes more
spunky and begins to show more and more of her intelligence and
intuition as she begins her own investigation while the police are more
focused on investigating her.
The revelation of new information is wonderfully timed. It begs the
question: How well do you really know other people? As Leah is
desperately trying to find out what happened to her friend, you will
begin to wonder if Emmy is even real and doubts about Leah's sanity will
creep in. You only know Emmy through Leah, and Leah doesn't even reveal
everything about her own life right away. The plot of The Perfect Stranger
moves along at a gallop and never lets up. I enjoyed the fast-paced
ride and twisty plot immensely. The writing is pitch-perfect in the
I really enjoyed uncovering the twisty-layers of this swift-paced, agile
novel of psychological suspense. It was a pleasure to read.
My review copy was courtesy of Simon & Schuster.