The Perfect Stranger

The Perfect Stranger

eBook - 2017 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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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?"--
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501108013
1501108018
9781501107993
1501107992
9781501108006
150110800X
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WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

This book was so good!! This is the second book by this author I’ve read and I don’t understand how her rating isn’t higher.

Fantastic mystery, well thought out and gripping from the first few chapters. I read the whole thing in one sitting and it threw me at every twist and turn.

Loved it!

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michellecharris
Jan 18, 2021

Great mystery that isn’t too creepy.

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Sollyoch62
Sep 15, 2020

This book did not "read" as well as "The Last Guest " which a friend had given me, and, which prompted me to try more of Megan Miranda's novels.
Personally wouldn't request another of her books-though I do have one ready for pick up
-and may try it or not. Air quality may determine my choice as I have already been told library was closed for "Hazardous air " Friday and Saturday 9/11 and 9/12 Who knows if 9/15 is a possibility .

ReadingAdviser_Sally May 19, 2020

I was sucked into this psychological thriller right from the start. It kept twisting and turning and had me doubting every single character at some points. I did find the ending to be a bit anti climactic and lackluster but that was just the end and the rest was well worth it.

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Brontina66
Nov 02, 2019

I have to admit, this book kept me awake until 3 am because I just had to finish it. It's a very good mystery and the only reason I gave it four stars rather than five is that the motivations of one of the main characters are not explained - or perhaps they are left to the reader to decide? I don't want to say much, this is a book that you have to savor page after page, and it would be too easy to spoil it. Let's just say that Leah slowly discovers that her long-time friend and roommate is not who she said she was and that her reasons to help Leah in a difficult time of her life are not very selfless. What I found really scary was the house: rather far from the other houses, surrounded by a forest, and with a glass door that doesn't not keep strangers' eyes out. I would not live in a house like that. The end is perhaps a bit disappointing, at least for me, because there is no clarification and no real understanding of the reasons for everything that happened. However, it is a very structured thriller and if you like the genre don't miss this one!

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Ddrut
Nov 05, 2018

Great,suspenseful book.

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stuchbery
Sep 12, 2018

I recently got back into reading novels after watching Sharon Objects on HBO and then reading the novel, as well as Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. This novel is slow and scattered by comparison. The main character is completely unrealistic and inept, and it’s beyond frustrating. Not in a good, “I’m invested in the character and she’s making me angry” way, but in a “no actual person is this self deluded and ridiculous” way. It’s a relatively quick read and I finished it just to see where the hell it was going. I wouldn’t recommend it unless all your other picks are unavailable.

LoganLib_Zoe Apr 30, 2018

i really enjoyed this novel but at the same time i thought it was ridiculous. It had its moments where it was just so ridiculous and then it had it moments where it was really enjoyable. I liked how the main character really grew throughout the book and i really enjoyed the ending.

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DRilea
Apr 24, 2018

I LOVED ALL THE MISSING GIRLS SO I WAS EXCITED FOR THIS ONE. UNFORTUNATELY, I WASN'T A FAN. I STUCK IT OUT HOPING IT WOULD GET BETTER, BUT THE SLOW PACE, NOT EXCITING PLOT, AND WEIRD ENDING LEFT IT A DISAPPOINTMENT. I'LL DEFINITELY CHECK OUT FUTURE BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR SINCE I LOVED ALL THE MISSING GIRLS SO MUCH.

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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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ReadingAdviser_Sally May 19, 2020

Amazing how something that happened so long ago can feel so fresh. How it could come back to haunt you from nowhere- the innocuous ring of a telephone, the past come to call from the other end.

ReadingAdviser_Sally May 19, 2020

All things happen in an instant. Everything could change in a moment.

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