The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

Published: April 11th, 2017

“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?”


I flew through All the Missing Girls and absolutely adored it. “The Perfect Stranger” left me somewhat disappointed after my excitement was through the roof. I didn’t want to compare books, so I tried to keep “All the Missing Girls” out of my head until I finished this.

In my honest opinion, I was shocked to feel that this book took me nowhere until the end. I felt like my page number was increasing, but I read the same chapter over and over again. When I got to about 120 pages in, I actually shut the book, trying to decide if I should keep going. I’m glad I did keep going because it did pick up around halfway through.

The ending is the reason I gave this book 3.5 stars. I’ll admit after the book began picking up, I couldn’t put it down. I kept reading because they were finally getting to where I needed them to be. I was excited to see where things were going to end up.

Lastly, I just want to say: if you are reading this review and it changes your mind about reading this book: Don’t. You should read it. I love to see everyone’s different reviews of each book. Megan Miranda is an amazing author and I really think she does a great job with her books. I’d recommend this book, but I think you should read “All the Missing Girls” first.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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