You guys, I really enjoyed this book a lot! I am a big fan of Megan Miranda and when I found out she was releasing a new book this year, I was beyond excited 🤗 I was even more excited to receive this eARC by Simon & Schuster via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
When Arden Maynor was 6 years old, she was swept away by a flash flood while sleepwalking and ended up missing for 3 days. This horrific accident brought together search parties of friends, neighbors and strangers from near and far to help bring Arden home safely. It was a miracle when she was found alive and clinging to a storm drain by a search party member who just happened to walk by at the perfect time. Arden became a legend in Widow Hills and her story made her famous on a national level. Her mother wrote a book about the accident and her safe return. She had fans, followers, and stalkers and with every passing year, the anniversary of her rescue brought forth even more unwanted media attention and harassing fan mail. As soon as she was old enough, Arden decided to change her name and begin a new life far away from Widow Hills.
Now going by the name of Olivia Meyer, she has managed to remain hidden from the public eye for the last several years. However, the 20 year anniversary of her rescue is right around the corner and she knows that the media will be interested in her and her whereabouts once again. All of the sudden, Olivia begins to feel that someone is watching her and begins to sleepwalk again. One night, she is jolted awake by the sound of a phone ringing and finds herself outside her house with a corpse laying at her feet and her hands covered in blood. Suddenly, Olivia is at risk of losing the new identity she carefully created for herself by being at the center of a murder investigation, desperately trying to figure out what happened that fateful night.
I enjoyed all of the characters that were presented throughout the book and loved that almost all of them had an important role in the storyline- there really weren’t any unnecessary characters at all. I loved the detail and development of Olivia/Arden’s character and found her strength and perseverance through the unimaginable to be inspiring. Megan Miranda did an amazing job immersing the reader into the story- I truly really felt like I was along for the ride.
Megan Miranda is such an amazing storyteller and I loved the way that she wrote THE GIRL FROM WIDOW HILLS. Told from the perspective of Arden/Olivia, the story bounces back and forth between present day and flash back memories over the last 20 years. The build up of the story line kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book, resulting in a surprise ending that I truly was not expecting. While all of Megan’s books start off strong and have a great storyline build up, she improves with each book and in my opinion, THE GIRL FROM WIDOW HILLS is definitely her best yet. The sleepwalking aspect of the story made me so anxious because while I have never slept walked before, it is a genuine fear of mine so it was terrifying, yet intriguing, that this played such a huge role.
If you are a fan of Megan Miranda and enjoy good summer thrillers with a psychological component to it, this book is for you! THE GIRL FROM WIDOW HILLS will be released on 6/23 and I highly encourage you to pre-order your copy now 💛
BEER PAIRING: THE GIRL FROM WIDOW HILLS is best paired with Guava Gose by Collective Arts Brewing. This delicious fruited sour gose is made with fresh guava purée and pink Himalayan sea salt, resulting in a perfect balance of tart, sweet and sour 🍻