Apparently, the word “thrilling” means causing excitement and pleasure. I can agree with excitement, but pleasure? When I think thrilling, I imagine stories that make my heart beat faster, slightly spooky, maybe a little bit creepy, with a lot of unpredicted plot twists! And that’s exactly what «The Girl from Widow Hills» was like.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve read a book until late at night, refusing to go to sleep because I needed to finish it and see the things finally unravel. This was my second Megan Miranda book and it took me completely off guard.
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.
Thank you Netgalley and Atlantic Books, Corvus for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.
CAUTION: I wouldn’t recommend reading this at night! Maybe I’m weak-hearted but this book made me afraid to go to sleep and I had to calm myself down a bit before finally I was convinced that no-one was standing outside my window watching me, or that the random noise I heard from downstairs was purely my imagination.
1 – This will be my number one book whenever someone asks for a thriller recommendation! Oh my, I loved it so much! Although I’m not sure it was a pleasurable read, as, after about 100 pages, my pulse quickened, I started hearing imaginary noises and seeing imaginary people, and had to turn all the light on to be able to finally finish it!
Was it pleasurable? Definitely not! Unless you’re looking for some adrenaline in your blood at 1 am. But was it super mega exciting?! Hell, yeah!
2 – Somehow Megan Miranda created an engaging, intoxicating read that is impossible to put down. «The Girl from Widow Hills» doesn’t add anything new to thriller themes I’ve read before. [I’ve probably read too many thrillers and nothing can surprise me anymore]. However, it didn’t really matter because of the way it was written.
Yes, there were some twists that I predicted and there were twists that took me completely by surprise. But that wasn’t the strength of this book. Megan Miranda didn’t rely on twists to keep her readers at the edge of the seat, she relied on her writing, on creating strong emotions – fear, anger, confusion, that were able to escape the pages of the book right into the readers’ minds.
I honestly don’t remember the last time a book made me jumpy or the last time I was so engrossed in the story my own pulse went wild from the fictional events.
I can feel that this will be the book to vote for in Goodreads Choice Awards this year. This is my prediction, guys and I hope I’m right. I hope more people read and love it just as much as I did. Megan Miranda might become one of my favorite authors, and I’m definitely going to pick up more of her books in the future. I’ve read «Fragments of the Lost» in 2017 and gave it 5 stars, but I don’t remember it being as good as «The Girl from Widow Hills». Goes to show how much my ratings got lower as I read more and more books during the last three years. I also expect much more from books and authors now.
I’m so excited for everyone to read this book! Let me know what other Megan Miranda books you read and loved!