Book name: ” The girl from Widow Hills”
Author of the book: Megan Miranda
Genre: Thriller, mystery
Publishing company: Simon&Schuster
Stars: 4/5 stars
Summary: Gripping, surprising, fast paced with jaw dropping ending.
I proudly announce that WE HAVE ANOTHER WINNER! This year there will be so much competition between smart, heart throbbing, mind bending, terrifying thrillers.
I have to admit the plot of the book excited me so much. A six years old sleepwalker girl leaves her house and she’s not found for 3 days. There is threatening rainstorm starts out there. Rescue workers, neighbors and large groups of search parties look for everywhere to bring her home back. Then she miraculously found by Sean Coleman with a nasty arm injury and memory loss, clinging to a storm drain. But she made it! Yes! Atta girl!
But the little six year old who suffered from compelling trauma didn’t have any idea the story of her coming back will become one of the greatest urban legend story. She got all attention of media, fans, stalkers, creepy admirers. And guess what? Her own mother milked her daughter’s story to her own benefit, wrote a book, earned so much money by distorting truths about her daughter’s traumatic experiences. So let’s take the year of the mom award from Carrie White’s mother Margaret and give that to this lovely mother who stole her own daughter’s childhood.
So little girl, once upon a time Arden Maynor and now Olivia, changed her name to have clean slate and brand new life without media’s impact and strange admirers’ love and hate letters. She is estranged with her mother, working at hospital, living at a cottage in the middle of nowhere and has a protector and wild old neighbor Rick( I visualized him as Tim Robbins after seeing his performance at Castle Rock. She has good friends, a professor ex, busy work schedule.
But one day she got a box which is worse than Pandora’s because she finds out her mother is dead and there are several things inside of it can trigger her threatening, vicious memories about her past and lost 3 days. Unfortunately she finds out she is not gonna get away from who she is because her night terrors return back and she starts sleepwalking again. And later, she wakes up again she finds herself next to corpse outside her home. The dead man is coming from her past is ready to haunt her forever!
So did she kill the man and forget it? If she doesn’t, who did it? Why doesn’t she remember anything about her disappearance? There are so many holes about her story and one of her best friend quits from her job and disappears without telling her anything. And the dead man’s identity comes out…. She cannot be more confused and terrified. So what’s gonna happen? Whodunit?
I have to admit that I was going between 2 to 3 stars at the beginning because I thought the killer’s identity was so obvious. I was trying to decide between two people.
But guess what: ENDING OF THIS BOOK IS FANF**KINGTASTIC!!!! IT KILLED MY SPIDER SENSES LITERALLY! And last quarter of the book was so fast pacing. I didn’t have enough nail to bite but I bit my pillows and my husband found me covered in feathers when you came home from business trip, took my pictures and posted as “birdwoman”.
But it’s worth it! I loved the conclusion of the story! Pacing, writing style and plot were captivating. This is gonna be one of my favorite Megan Miranda books.
Special thanks to NetGalley and Simon&Schuster for sending me this heart throbbing, exciting book’s ARC COPY in exchange my honest review. And thanks to Megan Miranda to create this spooky, nerve bending, remarkable story that I really enjoyed so much!