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The Perfect Stranger

May 8, 2017
The Perfect Stranger Book Cover The Perfect Stranger
Megan Miranda
Simon & Schuster
April 11, 2017
Net Galley

Description of The Perfect Stranger

In the masterful follow-up to the New York Times bestseller All the Missing Girls—“think: Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl” (TheSkimm)—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?

My Review of The Perfect Stranger

Having read All The Missing Girls I was eager to get a copy of The Perfect stranger.

I think Megan Miranda weaves a very complicated plot. It  takes quiet a while to get all of the important characters introduced. Once that is accomplished the role each plays in the story is presented. The story starts in the present with Leah and Emmy finding each other after an eight year separation and becoming roommates again.

No one is what they originally appear to be, even our main character.

Leah is damaged. She is a lost soul in some ways. She is deeply ashamed of how things ended in Boston. She is very secretive with people about her life before becoming a teacher in a small Pennsylvania town. She keeps to herself until an injured girl is found down by the lake. The girl looks remarkably like Leah. The police think Leah could be the intended victim.

Emmy appears to be Leah’s one true friend, someone who knows her whole story. She is eager to reconnect with Leah and join her in the small rural town in Pennsylvania. The two seldom see each other, Emmy works nights and Leah works days. When Emmy disappears, Leah is thrown into yet another questionable investigation.

Detective Kyle Donovan is the lead investigator on the case. Can she trust him with her truth, or will the truth put her in more danger?

If you like a good mystery/thriller, this book fits the bill. Pick it up, you won’t be disappointed.


About the author

Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including FractureHysteriaVengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger is her second novel of psychological suspense. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter, or visit

About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.

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