The Perfect Stranger

The Perfect Stranger

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"In the masterful follow-up to the runaway hit All the Missing Girls--a "fiendishly plotted thriller" (Publishers Weekly)--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?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501108006
150110800X
9781501107993
1501107992
Branch Call Number: MIRANDA
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm

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McAnnieG
Aug 28, 2017

Great investigation with fascinating characters

Leah Stevens life is a mess. Following her friend Emmy from Boston to Western Pennsylvania, making a career change from journalist to a job teaching high school in this rapidly expanding town makes her the perfect stranger. While Leah is being stalked, Emmy disappears and Det Kyle Donovan starts asking questions that Leah can't answer.

As each detail of Leah & Emmy's relationship comes to light, more darkness looms.

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EndsWell
Jul 11, 2017

It always makes me sad to leave a bad review, but I had to abandon this book 100 pages in - I just couldn't go on reading. I found the plot unbelievable and the pacing tedious - definitely did not work as a beach read. :-(

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letstakeashelfie
Jun 22, 2017

It has been a while since I've read a book from cover to cover without coming up for air. The Perfect Stranger has just the right blend of mystery, predictability and timely twists to keep readers engaged.

A full review of this title can be found on my blog: http://www.letstakeashelfie.ca

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abergsman
Jun 08, 2017

Megan Miranda’s latest release, The Perfect Stranger, will make for an excellent beach read this summer. While it doesn’t have the punch of All The Missing Girls, I was still caught up in the story and characters, especially in the second half of the novel. This is a slower-paced thriller, which isn’t for everyone, but really hooked me by the halfway point. I love the quiet, sleepy Pennsylvanian town that Megan created, especially since I grew up in Pennsylvania!

There are quite a few mini-mysteries going on in this novel: what exactly happened in Leah’s past, and the strange mystery surrounding Emmy being the two biggest. While I figured out certain aspects fairly early on, other parts of the mystery definitely caught me off guard twoards the end!

Leah is an interesting character, albeit occasionally annoying, and you really get to know her as the plot progresses. She’s a strong woman that doesn’t give up, and the whole storyline brings up some interesting questions. Does the end justify the means? Can you ever really “start over” somewhere new, in a new life? Kyle, the police officer assigned to Emmy’s missing persons case, is one of the weak links in the story. He seemed to be written to be a likable, good guy….but I wasn’t a fan. I do wish his character had been flushed out a bit more. And then there is Emmy, always in the background, a big question mark that is slowly unraveled.

My absolutely favorite part of The Perfect Stranger was the last chapter! I won’t say anything to spoil the ending, but it was definitely a perfect way to end the book.

If you like mysteries/thrillers that take place in quiet, sleepy communities that hide their secrets well, you’ll probably enjoy The Perfect Stranger.

bandblair Jun 05, 2017

I was really into this book until so many different characters, names and plots got intertwined. It became really confusing and loose ends weren't tied up. The ending was puzzling as well.

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llwboston
Jun 04, 2017

I gave up on this after about 60 pages-boring narrator (who goes from being an incompetent reporter to an incompetent high school teacher) and plot details that were meant to create suspense, but didn't. It didn't help that, as a Boston resident, I caught two mistakes about Boston in the narrator's backstory: it's Boston "Common", not "Commons" and the Prudential Center is an office tower and shopping mall, there are no residential apartments.

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alecocq
May 24, 2017

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Simon & Schuster for the ebook ARC of The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda in exchange for an honest review.

Leah Stevens is a failed journalist from Boston, she has a restraining order and is being threatened by a lawsuit. She ends up running into her old friend and college roommate, Emmy Grey, who had just left a troubled relationship.
Emmy suggests that they both move to rural Pennsylvania so they can both have a fresh start. Leah ends up getting a teaching position in a high school.
Everything is going well until Leah notices one day that she hasn’t seen her roommate Emmy in a few days, so she reports her missing to the police. And as the investigation begins to unravel, it seems that Emmy never even existed. Leah needs to find out what Emmy was hiding before someone else does.
And as all this seems to be going on, a couple of people are found murdered at a nearby lake, and Leah seems to be in the midst of all of this.
Kyle Donovan is the detective on the case. And Leah begins having some relations with him.

I found this book to be a very good mystery, even though I did not read Megan Miranda's first book, The Missing Girls.
At first I found it a bit hard to get into but as I read on and I found it very hard to put down.
I rate this book 4 stars and would recommend that you read it. It is a very good mystery novel.

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bayougal
May 16, 2017

I found this an interesting, quick read. I enjoyed the characters, setting and the twist. It was all very visual to me, I can easily see this being made into a movie. All in all an enjoyable read.

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mjk236sb
May 01, 2017

The author set up the story similar to "Missing Girls" telling the story through past experiences that were used to fill in the present time. Perhaps not as clear as the other book, there were some confusing things that went on. I believe that she tried too hard to make this similar. However, she did a good job of presenting Lean and Emmy and making you wonder for a very long time in the book whether there were two characters or only one. Which is really not clear until the very end. I have enjoyed both of these books and will wait for the next one to see if she tries a different method of telling the story.

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dcafk
Apr 22, 2017

This one was too confusing for me. I'm sorry I bothered to finish it. I kept expecting an ending in which everything became clear and it just wasn't there.

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