The Girl from Widow Hills

by Megan Miranda

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Girl from Widow Hills

Night terrors and the uncertainty surrounding the narrator lead in this well-crafted tension filled mystery that hooks and stealthily reels you in.

An intriguing, pulsing, provocative mystery that really kept me on my toes. Olivia is affected by night terrors, her past comes back to haunt her when she wakes in the middle of the night to find herself standing over a body in her garden. We’ve reviewed and thoroughly enjoyed all of Megan Miranda’s novels at LoveReading. I particularly love the sharp teetering edge of the relationship that develops between the reader and the main characters. Here, my trust for Olivia felt patchy and uncertain, her past is everything. Megan Miranda cleverly evoked emotions in me that Olivia had been feeling for years. The balance of suspense and information was held on a wire as my thoughts were nudged one way and then the other. As the pace increased so did the tension. The Girl From Widow Hills really highlights the dangers of secrets and lies, and it was only when I’d finished that I was finally able to take a deep breath and relax!

Liz Robinson

The Girl from Widow Hills Synopsis

Everyone knows the story of the girl from widow hills... When Arden Maynor was six years old, she was swept away in a terrifying storm and went missing for days. Against all odds, she was found alive, clinging to a storm drain. Fame followed, and so did fans, creeps and stalkers. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and left Widow Hills behind. Twenty years later, Olivia, as she is now known, is plagued by night terrors. She often finds herself out of bed in the middle of the night, sometimes streets away from her home. Then one evening she jolts awake in her yard, with the corpse of a man at her feet. The girl from Widow Hills is about to become the centre of the story, once again...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781838952402
Publication date: 17th June 2021
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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The Girl from Widow Hills 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.

A satisfying thriller. Slow to start but with an ending I did not predict. An interesting central character - Olivia - who has overcome trauma but is now forced to face her past again.

I found this book difficult to get into and slow-moving to start. However, I found the last third of the book made up for this. Olivia - who as 6-year-old Arden was rescued from 3 days in a storm drain - has spent her life trying to escape her ‘fame’. Receiving her mother’s last effects opens up old memories which are intensified with the murder of Sean Coleman (her first rescuer). Her past comes to the fore again and she is forced to explore what really happened to her as a child.

The ending is one I did not foresee - I was actually quite shocked by it. Overall the book was well written with interesting characters - I liked Ellyse and Bennett - and a satisfying ending.

I felt for Olivia and enjoyed seeing her character develop and overcome what life was throwing at her.

Well worth reading.

Heather Howarth

The story is beautifully woven and the well-crafted and eclectic cast of characters skilfully move on the action at a cracking pace.

One stormy night, six-year-old Arden Maynor, sleepwalks out of her house and isn’t seen again for days. Her single mother Laurel is distraught, but ecstatic when she is discovered alive in a storm drain by a passer-by called Sean Coleman. Sadly, Laurel and Arden’s lives are altered forever by the media who crave anniversary updates in a frenzy of interest and sensationalism. Arden has no memory of what happened and refuses to attend the interviews. In the interim they are plagued by stalkers, fans and weirdoes, eventually forcing Arden to leave Widow Hills, Kentucky and reinvent her life in Central Valley, South Carolina.
One night, nearing the 20th anniversary of her recovery, Liv is sleepwalking and hears a telephone ringing out. She follows the tone and trips over something. She wakes up caked in dirt and blood. Scared stiff she runs off to alert her only neighbour, who checks it out and phones for help. 
The following investigation is intriguing, fast-paced and addictive with lots of twists and turns, red herrings and blind alleyways. The story is beautifully woven and the well-crafted and eclectic cast of characters skilfully move on the action at a cracking pace. With issues of stalking, deception, outright lies and manipulation, this novel is one to read if your preference is for meaty and engrossing psychological thrillers. I really enjoyed reading it.

Joan Hill

A great thriller that has you guessing until the end! A carefully woven plot reveals twists and turns for the main character Olivia. Who can she trust?

This is a great mystery read, which I really enjoyed. The Girl from Widow Hills, reveals the story of what happened to the main character, Olivia, 20 years earlier when she was a child and is written from her perspective. Olivia has assumed a new identity to try to move on from what happened to her in the past and as the story unfolds, so does her story from twenty years earlier.
There are almost two stories within one and a carefully woven plot starts with Olivia waking up one night to find the corpse of a man at her feet. She is prone to sleepwalking and is unable to remember how she came to be there and what has happened. She has moved away to escape the press and what happened to her as a child, and she finds herself in the limelight once again.
As the story unfolds, friendships and relationships are explored and Olivia is really unsure who she can trust. Megan Miranda has you guessing until the end and there are some surprising reveals along the way.
If you enjoy reading thrillers, this is one for you!

Catherine Richardson

Megan Miranda Press Reviews

Sleepwalking is creepy. You're asleep, but you're walking through the night - like the living dead. I knew when I started The Girl from Widow Hills I was in for some shivers. But I had no idea the terrors that were in store. - R. L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street

A hauntingly atmospheric and gorgeously written page-turner, The Girl from Widow Hills is a deeply thought-provoking, riveting mystery about the complex weight of history and the dangerous power of the lies we tell ourselves. - Kimberly McCreight, author of Reconstructing Amelia

With Hitchcockian flair, Megan Miranda shrewdly examines what becomes of the people at the center of those rare, sensational news stories that capture the nation's attention. The Girl from Widow Hills gave me the creeps in the best way possible. - Chandler Baker, author of Whisper Network

Sometimes you come across a thriller which stands out. This is one. This intelligent pacy read is a different take on the missing girl scenario with characters who aren't always what they seem. You might not get a good night's sleep again - especially if you're prone to go walkabout in the night. - Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife

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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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