The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
The Perfect Stranger is the follow-up novel to Megan Miranda's All The Missing Girls. This was one of the most twisted, paranoid inducing books I have read in a while and I LOVED it!! We are reunited with journalist Leah Stevens, who has fled Boston in the wake of her disastrous scandal over her coverage of several university suicides. As luck would have it, she has reunited with an old college roommate, Emmy Grey, and together they decide to relocate to rural Pennsylvania to give themselves a fresh start. Things go south rather quickly when a young girl is violently attacked and Leah’s roommate ends up missing. To make matters worse, there is no evidence that Emmy is who she says she was or that she actually ever existed. She lived off the grid and has no paper trail that the police can follow to determine who she was, where she came from and where she might be. The available evidence indicates that Emmy is just a figment of Leah’s imagination and Leah’s paranoid and erratic behavior does not help her situation. I wasn’t sure if what I was reading was the truth or if Leah was experiencing some sort of delusional breakdown throughout the story. There are plenty of characters who raise the alarm as to who could be the bad guy. The only thing I wish there had been more detail about was what came out of Theo’s questioning and how Kyle and Leah wrapped things up. Their ending together was a bit too abrupt for me. Other than that, this is an exceptionally crafted, devious tale that will leave you questioning every thing and every one. 4.5 stars!!