Publication: 2nd July 2020 – Corvus
Everyone knows the story of the girl from Widow Hills.
When Arden Maynor was six years old, she was swept away in terrifying storm and went missing for days. Against all odds, she was found alive, clinging to a storm drain. A living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book, and fame followed. But so did fans, creeps and stalkers. It was all too much, and as soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and left Widow Hills behind.
Now, a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden is known as Olivia. With the twentieth anniversary of her rescue looming, media interest in the girl who survived is increasing. Where is she now? The stress brings back the night terrors of Olivia’s youth. Often, she finds herself out of bed in the middle of the night, sometimes outside her home, even streets away. 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.
Happy Sunday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Girl From Widow Hills, the suspenseful new novel by Megan Miranda.
Meet Olivia. In her twenties, she is an hospital administrator in North Carolina. She lives in a semi-isolated house outside of town, next to a neighbour who constantly checks on her and keeps a shotgun ready to scare away intruders. She has a few friends who she keeps at a distance and don’t know anything about her past and she is estranged from her mother who exploited on a childhood trauma to earn money. Who is really Olivia? Her real name is Arden Maynor and she is remembered as the six-year-old child who went missing for three days and miraculously was found alive. She changed her name to keep away journalists, stalkers, fans, and her mother, but it seems that her past is catching up with her…
An unreliable and paranoiac protagonist who suffers from memory loss is my favourite kind of character when it comes to psychological thriller and Megan Miranda did an amazing job in creating the character of Arden/Olivia. Her childhood trauma, sleepwalking, her complicated relationship with her mother, the fear to be recognized… who wouldn’t be paranoiac? She may have committed a crime, but she has no recollection of the time. Since she doubts herself and she can’t trust herself, I didn’t trust her either and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time as Olivia tries to figure out what happened.
The isolated house miles away from population gave the story a claustrophobic atmosphere that at times gave me goosebumps (and made me check the locks twice at night before going to bed). The ending was AMAZING! I really didn’t see it coming and made me gasp in surprise.
Megan Miranda is definitely on my list of favourite authors and I always look forward to reading her latest novel. Do not miss this twisty and chilling read!
A huge thank you to Anne Cater and Corvus for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the novel.
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Megan Miranda is the author of All The Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger, and The Last House Guest, which was the August 2019 Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine pick. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter and Instagram, or @AuthorMeganMiranda on Facebook.