The Perfect Stranger

by Megan Miranda

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Perfect Stranger

A lovely psychological thriller where the unreliable narrator leaves you working hard following the facts and trying to figure out what really happened. One begins to wonder if this narrator, Leah, isn’t a bit disillusioned herself and if her housemate, Emmy, who has gone missing, actually exists. We get their past history drip-fed to us adding to the present mystery. A girl looking a lot like Leah has been assaulted. Was this a case of mistaken identity? Leah is hiding something huge in her past, running away to teach in a rural school when once she was a journalist in Boston. Why? But then Emmy’s past seems a total mystery too, if she exists! Great fun, full of twists and turns and many a red herring. I honestly don’t think you’ll guess the denouement until you get there.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Perfect Stranger Synopsis

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...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781786492883
Publication date: 1st February 2018
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Primary Genre Crime and Mystery
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The Perfect Stranger Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

Overall very enjoyable and I thought the ending was fitting and tied up all the loose ends of the story.

I liked the way this story built, the way you didn’t know the whole story at first, how details were revealed slowly as you got further into the intrigue of what happened to Leah previously. It was written well, with good details so I could picture the cabin in the wood near the lake.

Sharon Hall

The author tries and to a great extent succeeds in giving us lots of clues. It all gets satisfactorily explained in the end

On first reading ‘The Perfect Stranger’ by Megan Miranda, I found it a little confusing as it jumps backwards and forwards in time. Once you understand this, it is fairly easy to follow. 

Leah, the main character, has left her job as a reporter due to a problem, although we don't find out what this is for some time. She takes up a teaching post and meets up with an old friend and they decide to share a house. Then this friend disappears and no one can find any trace of her. Basically, the book is about Leah doing her own investigation as to what happened to her friend. The usual things happen as one might expect in a thriller, people disappear or are found murdered, strange phone calls, a mysterious past, and suspicious characters. The author tries and to a great extent succeeds in giving us lots of clues, but I found the twists and turns confusing. It all gets satisfactorily explained in the end although I am not sure that I was convinced of the outcome.

I felt that the author spent too much time writing about Leah's thoughts and memories, for me it slowed down the pace of the story. 

I would rate this book 4 stars out of 5.

Chris Woolfenden

Intriguing and complex mystery thriller that is fast paced and gripping. Overall, a great read.

This is a really interesting book, full of clues and revelations. Megan Miranda's story follows Leah Stevens, who has just resigned from her job at a newspaper and is looking to leave town quickly. Reconnecting with an old friend appears to be the sanctuary required for Leah...at first. But Leah goes missing, and the intrigue continues as someone with a very strong resemblance shows up. A really believable and compelling narrative and I would definitely recommend it.

Charlotte Walker

‘The Perfect Stranger’ is a beautifully written, fast paced gripping mystery thriller that left me guessing to the end.

‘The Perfect Stranger’ is a beautifully written, fast paced gripping mystery thriller that left me guessing to the end. The characters are well-drawn and the plot has many twists and turns.

I will definitely be reading more of Megan's books in the future.

Olive Concannon

Megan Miranda Press Reviews

Praise for All The Missing Girls;

A twisty, compulsive read, I loved it.    Ruth Ware, author of In a Dark, Dark Wood

All the Missing Girls is a smart, suspenseful, and emotionally complex thriller... Lock the doors, turn off the phone, and read until the last satisfying page.    Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of The Ex

Both [Gillian] Flynn's and Miranda's main characters also reclaim the right of female characters to be more than victim or femme fatale... All the Missing Girls is set to become one of the best books of 2016.   Los Angeles Review of Books

Are you paying attention? You'll need to be; this thriller will test your brain with its reverse chronological structure, and it's a page-turner to boot.  ELLE  

Intricately plotted...Ms. Miranda brings heightened suspense and a twist to this familiar scenario by telling the story, which unfolds over 15 days, in reverse chronological order.
New York Times  

All the Missing Girls is the archetypal murder mystery, the kind it seems like everyone has been hungry for since Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins's Girl on a Train.
Cosmopolitan 

Other editions of this book

ISBN: 9781786492906
Publication date: 05/07/2018
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781786492883
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Format: Paperback

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About Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda is the author of the young adult novels Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, and Soulprint. All the Missing Girls is her debut adult novel. Megan lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two children. Find Megan on Instagram. Author photo © Christine Watley      

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