The Girl from Widow Hills
A suspense novel about a young woman plagued by night terrors after a childhood trauma who wakes one evening to find a corpse at her feet.Everyone knows the story of “the girl from Widow Hills.”Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye.Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. She’s managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking outside her home. Until late one night she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.And now, the girl from Widow Hills is about to become the center of the story, once again.

The Girl from Widow Hills Details

TitleThe Girl from Widow Hills
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 23rd, 2020
PublisherSimon & Schuster
ISBN-139781501165429
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Fiction, Adult, Adult Fiction, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Contemporary

The Girl from Widow Hills Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    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 shes 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 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!bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    I actually enjoyed this one! 3.75 stars The Girl from Widow Hills is a psychological thriller about a girl who became a sensation when she went missing as a child. 20 years later, the events from the past have come back to haunt her, causing her to question all that she thought she knew. Olivia has worked hard to bury her past, including changing her name, moving around, and isolating herself from others. When she was six years old, her story captivated the nation. She was the little girl who I actually enjoyed this one! 3.75 stars The Girl from Widow Hills is a psychological thriller about a girl who became a sensation when she went missing as a child. 20 years later, the events from the past have come back to haunt her, causing her to question all that she thought she knew. Olivia has worked hard to bury her past, including changing her name, moving around, and isolating herself from others. When she was six years old, her story captivated the nation. She was the little girl who went missing during a terrible storm but was found clinging to a storm drain. She and her mother became famous, capitalizing on her experience, feeding her mother’s addiction. As hard as Olivia has worked to shed any association with her past, when she receives a box of her mother’s belongings, her past is reawakened, leading to murder, mayhem, and craziness, as Olivia begins sleepwalking and wakes up one night to find herself with a dead body.Narrated by Olivia in the present, media transcripts, newspaper reports, book excerpts, voice mails, piece together a fragmented past. Olivia is an unreliable narrator, and there are a lot of holes in her story, some of which are left unresolved in the end. After not loving Megan Miranda’s past two novels, I went into this one with low expectations. If I didn't like this book, I was going to be done reading books by MM. I was pleasantly surprised when I got hooked early on and found myself enjoying this! Similar to other MM novels, this one moves slowly, but at the same time, there’s enough intrigue surrounding Olivia’s past and current events to make it a page-turner. There are two major mysteries, one involving Olivia's past, the other in the present. Part of the mystery is easy to solve, while other elements threw me for a loop. Other parts were left unresolved, which might have been intentional, but I wanted answers! The ending was also a bit rushed. At the same time, the mysteries kept me riveted. Overall, The Girl from Widow Hills is a solid thriller, and I will definitely be reading Megan Miranda's next book! I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    Twenty years ago six year old Arden Maynor from Widow Hills, Kentucky was swept away during a bad storm, her mother Laurel believed she had been sleepwalking. Three days later, she was found underground and clinging to a drain cover by Sean Coleman. She was injured but alive. The media go wild and her mother spoke freely to them over the years which was quite lucrative. Fast forward twenty years and Arden has changed her name to Olivia Meyer, shes working as a hospital administrator in Central Twenty years ago six year old Arden Maynor from Widow Hills, Kentucky was swept away during a bad storm, her mother Laurel believed she had been sleepwalking. Three days later, she was found underground and clinging to a drain cover by Sean Coleman. She was injured but alive. The media go wild and her mother spoke freely to them over the years which was quite lucrative. Fast forward twenty years and Arden has changed her name to Olivia Meyer, she’s working as a hospital administrator in Central Valley, N Carolina. This is her story which backtracks through various sources to the incident that made her and her mother famous and in the present day where a series of terrible events occur which places Olivia and in danger but through this she learns her truth. I like the way Olivia’s story is told as it’s tense, creepy, mysterious, intriguing and terrifying at times. She is ultimately a survivor, she’s stronger and braver than she realises as she’s had to put up with judgements, assumptions, jealousy and threats. She has trouble at times separating fact from fiction, the real memories from the false, and her state of confusion and lack of trust is well conveyed. She has lived with subterfuge, secrecy and lies since she was a little girl and this would mess with anyone’s reality. The story is full of twists, revelations and events that cause her to shutdown and panic at times. The ending is one I genuinely didn’t see coming and kudos to Megan Miranda for that! However, there is some repetition especially in the telling of Arden’s story and the pace in the middle is a bit slow although the last quarter of the book makes up for that. Overall, it’s a well written book, with interesting characters and an intriguing storyline which I enjoyed. Many thanks to NetGalley and Atlantic Books for the ARC.
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  • Lori Lamothe
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. Okay, first things first. One of the stranger things about reading this novel was that I started out having an oddly similar experience to the main character, which is not to say I sleepwalk or that I got swept into a drainage system during a freak storm. But every time Olivia walks into a room she gets a rush of deja vu as if people she knows she's just met are somehow familiar from another time and place. And during the early chapters of The Girl from Widow Hills I kept getting 4.5 stars. Okay, first things first. One of the stranger things about reading this novel was that I started out having an oddly similar experience to the main character, which is not to say I sleepwalk or that I got swept into a drainage system during a freak storm. But every time Olivia walks into a room she gets a rush of deja vu – as if people she knows she's just met are somehow familiar from another time and place. And during the early chapters of The Girl from Widow Hills I kept getting that same rush.I knew this story. Only I didn't. A 6-year-old sleepwalking child surviving underground in a small town for three days, subsequently to be rescued by one guy as the entire country looked on?No way. Except...It finally reached the point where I stopped reading, hopped onto Google and started typing in random phrases. For some reason, my subconscious mind forced me to type the word “well” into the search bar. And there it was – the story of Jessica McClure, the 18-month-old girl who fell into a well and almost died. For three days CNN broadcast the rescue efforts live, including reports of her singing snippets of “Winnie the Pooh” from the bottom of the well. Even President Reagan chimed in and the photo of the guy that rescued her won a Pulitzer Prize. I'm sure you can fill in the rest – a visit to the White House, a made-for-tv movie, the talk show circuit, tons of articles, a book. (If you haven't read the book, I recommend not googling until after you finish – there are a couple of bizarre similarities – spoilers). Once I had that out of the way, I could get back to the novel. Because though there are flashbacks and transcripts from two decades earlier interspersed between chapters, the story primarily takes place in 2020. Olivia – formerly the famous Arden Maynor – has done everything she can to put her past behind her. She's changed her name, cut off relations with her mother and hidden her life story from even her closest friends. Over the years, Liv's dealt with reporters, stalkers, and – when she was still in school - jealous peers. With the 20-year-anniversary of her rescue coming up, she fears her story will resurface and destroy the new life she's made for herself. What she doesn't anticipate is that she'll start sleepwalking again. Or that she'll wake up outside with a dead body at her feet and her hands covered in blood. A dead body that happens to belong to the man who rescued her. Has she just murdered the guy who saved her life? If not, who has? And why did he travel hundreds of miles to visit her home in the middle of the night? Thus begins what turns out to be a thrilling, well-plotted page turner. There are plenty of people Olivia suspects, including herself, and we don't find out the truth until the final twist. I'm a big fan of unreliable narrators so I loved Liv's uncertainty about her actions in both the past and present. I also really enjoyed piecing together events via bits and pieces of transcripts, old articles, book excerpts and interviews. Finally, I liked Miranda's writing style more than I expected I would. I always highlight favorite sentences as I read but I found myself doing that more than usual while reading this novel. My only critique is that I felt some of the secondary characters could have been a bit more developed (and there was one key twist I did guess early on). If you're a Megan Miranda fan, you'll probably like this one and if you're not, The Girl from Widow Hills is a good place to start. Much thanks to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much, Simon & Schuster, for my ARC!!Today I am blessed!This sounds all sorts of intriguing and I cannot wait to start.
  • Tammie
    January 1, 1970
    The Girl from Widow Hills, a mystery/thriller, was a solid 4 star read. The book centers around Arden Maynor, who as a child was swept away during a storm (due to sleepwalking) and was found days later against all odds. The incident and her mothers new book on the subject, thrusted Arden into an unwanted spotlight-so much so that Arden changed her name to Olivia and avoided all public attention. Years later, Olivia is living a normal life when she begins to feel like shes being watched-with the The Girl from Widow Hills, a mystery/thriller, was a solid 4 star read. The book centers around Arden Maynor, who as a child was swept away during a storm (due to sleepwalking) and was found days later against all odds. The incident and her mother’s new book on the subject, thrusted Arden into an unwanted spotlight-so much so that Arden changed her name to Olivia and avoided all public attention. Years later, Olivia is living a normal life when she begins to feel like she’s being watched-with the 20th anniversary of the incident looming, she feels like this is no coincidence. This is the 9th book that I’ve read by Megan Miranda so I knew The Girl from Widow Hills wouldn’t disappoint. Recommend to readers that are fans of mystery/thriller books and want to read an interesting and well-written book. And that ending! Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-copy of The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda from NetGalley for my honest review.Arden, who is 6 years old, sleep walks. One morning, her mother wakes to find Arden is gone. Arden was sleepwalking and walked into a rain storm that swept her away. She was finally found 3 days later in a storm grate by Sean Coleman. This story was so big that her mother was able to write a book about it and sell their story. Now, 20 years later, Arden has changed her name to Olivia Meyer I received a free e-copy of The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda from NetGalley for my honest review.Arden, who is 6 years old, sleep walks. One morning, her mother wakes to find Arden is gone. Arden was sleepwalking and walked into a rain storm that swept her away. She was finally found 3 days later in a storm grate by Sean Coleman. This story was so big that her mother was able to write a book about it and sell their story. Now, 20 years later, Arden has changed her name to Olivia Meyer to escape the past of being Arden "the girl from Widow Hills". But she is sleep walking again. This time when she wakes up she is standing over a dead body.Now, Arden is trying to remember what happened the night the man was killed. Will she also discover what happened 20 years ago as well?
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, Megan Miranda, for helping to erase the disappointment of The Last House Guest, which in my opinion was just mediocre. The Girl from Widow Hills was much more on par with All the Missing Girls and put Miranda back on my "read this one as soon as I can get my hands on it" list! The Girl from Widow Hills is the story of Olivia Maynor - except that she's not really Olivia - she's Arden, a girl who twenty years earlier was sleepwalking one night and went missing for three days. She was Thank you, Megan Miranda, for helping to erase the disappointment of The Last House Guest, which in my opinion was just mediocre. The Girl from Widow Hills was much more on par with All the Missing Girls and put Miranda back on my "read this one as soon as I can get my hands on it" list! The Girl from Widow Hills is the story of Olivia Maynor - except that she's not really Olivia - she's Arden, a girl who twenty years earlier was sleepwalking one night and went missing for three days. She was finally found in a storm drain, but with no memory of what happened. She immediately became America's darling and everyone had a story to tell about it - her mother wrote a book and did every interview she could to capitalize on the story. Arden though wanted nothing to do with the fame and notoriety, and as soon as she could, she moved away, cut her ties, and changed her name. The book begins in the present, but before every chapter gives a glimpse into six-year-old Arden, with old interviews and news from twenty years earlier (which I thought was a clever, unique way to weave the past into the story). Adult Olivia has managed to fly under the radar, but on the heels of the twentieth anniversary of her rescue, she starts sensing that she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, waking up outside of her remotely-located home. Several nights later, she once again wakes up outside of her home - this time stumbling over a dead body —someone she later learns is connected to her previous life as Arden. She once again becomes the center of a sensational story, only this time she is a person of interest.While I thought the book started out a bit slow, once it picked up, it took off with a bang! It was a wild ride with a doozy of an unreliable narrator and an abundance of red herrings - at one point, I suspected every single character of nefarious doings - even though looking back there were subtle hints sprinkled throughout early on, the clue dart didn't hit me much until close to the end! For some odd reason, I had a little bit of letdown with the ending, and I can't even put my finger on exactly why, but it was the only thing that kept it from being a 5-star read for me.Bravo to Megan Miranda overall though, for some brilliant story telling. Pre-order this one because you're not going to want to miss it. 4 finally-a-Reese-Witherspoon-book-club-pick-that-doesn't-suck stars!
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  • Jordan | jordanmreads
    January 1, 1970
    Incredible. Everything about this book was incredible. The characters, the descriptions, the twists and turns. I became invested in each character's life and cared so deeply for the main character.The main character, Olivia, was so easy to like and root for as a reader. She wanted nothing more than to know the truth. I was totally immersed into this story from beginning to end. Megan Miranda has a very unique writing style that completely grabs the reader's attention from the very first page. Incredible. Everything about this book was incredible. The characters, the descriptions, the twists and turns. I became invested in each character's life and cared so deeply for the main character.The main character, Olivia, was so easy to like and root for as a reader. She wanted nothing more than to know the truth. I was totally immersed into this story from beginning to end. Megan Miranda has a very unique writing style that completely grabs the reader's attention from the very first page. The plot is one of a kind and will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through. This was unlike anything I have ever read before. It deserves five stars completely. .
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  • Caitlin Reads
    January 1, 1970
    I was really intrigued and excited to read this novel. Megan Miranda delivered a suspenseful page turner that had me guessing until the end. I didnt completely love the ending and felt myself wanting more but this was still a good read overall. The Girl From Widow Hill has an eerie vibe throughout and is darker than some of Mirandas more recent work. This novel was hard to put down and I wouldnt suggest starting right before going to bed. It features Olivia/Arden who had gone missing for days as I was really intrigued and excited to read this novel. Megan Miranda delivered a suspenseful page turner that had me guessing until the end. I didn’t completely love the ending and felt myself wanting more but this was still a good read overall. The Girl From Widow Hill has an eerie vibe throughout and is darker than some of Miranda’s more recent work. This novel was hard to put down and I wouldn’t suggest starting right before going to bed. It features Olivia/Arden who had gone missing for days as a child only to be found miraculously alive and clinging to a storm drain. She was the center of the news at the time and disappeared from the public as soon as possible. As the 20th anniversary approaches, Olivia knows it’s inevitable that people will begin to wonder about her again. She feels like she is being watched and begins sleepwalking again only to find the corpse of a man she knew from her previous life. Thanks to Edelweiss + and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    *2.5 stars ✨ I usually like Megan Mirandas adult mysteries, but this one didnt do it for me. Olivia has shed her past since becoming the infamous girl from widow hills. Throughout the story you are shown glimpses from her past & youre left wondering whats real or not. Shes always had trouble sleepwalking and one night she wakes up over a dead body. Olivia tries to piece together what happened and if it has anything to do with her past. Shady people enter her life, bringing nothing but *2.5 stars ✨ I usually like Megan Miranda’s adult mysteries, but this one didn’t do it for me. Olivia has shed her past since becoming the infamous “girl from widow hills”. Throughout the story you are shown glimpses from her past & you’re left wondering what’s real or not. She’s always had trouble sleepwalking and one night she wakes up over a dead body. Olivia tries to piece together what happened and if it has anything to do with her past. Shady people enter her life, bringing nothing but falsehoods with them. You don’t know who to trust and what will happen. The story was a good pace but the actual mystery was, well, blah/lame. Well written but definitely my least favorite from MM.*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    I could not turn the pages fast enough. I had to find out what was going to happen next. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way to the end. Miranda has done it again, you will NOT see the twists coming in this one. Just because she was rescued at six years old, she was never ever safe. I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.
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  • Susan's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Megan Miranda has produced another very well written, cleverly plotted thriller. One night, Olivia Meyer awakens from a sleep walking episode outside her house. (She has had a history of sleep-walking since early childhood.) To her horror, she discovers the body of a man at her feet - and her hands are covered in blood. As the story unfolds, you aren't sure whether Olivia is an My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Megan Miranda has produced another very well written, cleverly plotted thriller. One night, Olivia Meyer awakens from a sleep walking episode outside her house. (She has had a history of sleep-walking since early childhood.) To her horror, she discovers the body of a man at her feet - and her hands are covered in blood. As the story unfolds, you aren't sure whether Olivia is an unreliable narrator or really can't remember what happened to her - that night, or two decades ago when she was swept away by a flash flood when she was only six years old. In the first chapter, Olivia's response (relief tinged with guilt) to the news about her mother's death is the first clue that all was not as it seemed twenty years ago. Throughout the novel, Olivia often makes cryptic comments about keeping things and information hidden. Was Olivia complicit in the many crimes that seem to surround her? And what happened to the box cutter which has mysteriously disappeared? Who took it? And then another body turns up! (No spoilers here!) Everyone is a suspect after a while. I enjoyed this novel. I would have given this 5 stars, but I found the story emotionally sterile. I get that Megan Miranda wants to be taken seriously as a mystery writer. For some readers, any romantic element in a story promptly puts this type of novel into a different category for them, which is a shame because this means that a book is only taken seriously by them - and not on the merits of the excellent writing and plot - if there are no romantic entanglements to sort through. Megan Miranda has been weaning her adult readers off of any romantic element in her novels since The Last House Guest.. Personally, I used to enjoy those elements of romance in her adult mysteries. She does them extremely well: always very sophisticated and never over the top. In Miranda's last few adult thrillers, I felt like I had been sent to emotional Rehab.I think it is a shame that Miranda is deliberately avoiding any serious romantic relationships between her characters in her adult thrillers. I don't want to harp about how there is a sub-classification of "Women's Fiction, aka Chick Lit" in the publishing industry, and how we have only recently started hearing the term "Lad-Lit". Miranda has a right to avoid trite Happily Every After tropes, but All the Missing Girls was her masterpiece, in my opinion. Since then, her writing has gotten dryer: good for some readers, I'm sure, but the rest of us are suffering from major withdrawal. Still, this was a very good thriller, with an excellent twist at the end.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    A few books in and I think it's safe to say that I'm a huge fan of the way Megan Miranda writes and plots her psychological thrillers, The Girl From Widow Hills was a page turner of a read with an intriguing central protagonist. This author tends to turn her nose up at the general trend within unreliable narrators, Olivia doesnt drink excessively , doesn't pop pills at ridiculous levels nor does she conveniently forget things at just the moment it would reveal truths or act in illogical ways. A few books in and I think it's safe to say that I'm a huge fan of the way Megan Miranda writes and plots her psychological thrillers, The Girl From Widow Hills was a page turner of a read with an intriguing central protagonist. This author tends to turn her nose up at the general trend within unreliable narrators, Olivia doesnt drink excessively , doesn't pop pills at ridiculous levels nor does she conveniently forget things at just the moment it would reveal truths or act in illogical ways. This makes her journey authentic and believable, the twists when they come genuinely realistic and this is why I rate Megan Miranda highly.Olivia is trying to escape her past as "The Girl From Widow Hills" swept into a storm drain as a child whilst sleepwalking, miraculously survived who then became a story. One her own mother was all to keen to cash in on. Now with her name changed, living a fairly anonymous and normal life, her random sleepwalking reemerges. She doesnt know why, but one night there is a dead body there in front of her...The writing is wonderfully immersive, the tale unfolding hugely addictive. Did Olivia kill this man? Who is he? There are no monsters in her past, no danger she has been hiding from, just reporters and people who feel they own her life, but something has changed and she needs to know what...This is clever because of that set up- it is unpredictable because there are no guesses to be made in the usual way - plus you have a hugely intriguing set of characters who can't be immediately placed into boxes and a single point of view to filter events.Overall I really enjoyed this, it's a pleasure to read a novel that doesn't try to slap you in the face with a twist you will always see coming but simply unwinds the tentacles of one girl's life until the truth of it all becomes clear.Recommended.
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  • Christine Mott
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Simon & Schuster, NetGalley and Megan Miranda for an advanced copy!Mirandas novels always take me on an unexpected journey.👧 A sensational story of a little girl found after she had been missing for several days. Six year old Arden Mayor comes up missing after being swept away in the rain. The community comes all out for the search. After searching for days, Sean Coleman finds Arden clinging for life and the events become headline news.Fast forward twenty years and Arden has Thank you Simon & Schuster, NetGalley and Megan Miranda for an advanced copy!Miranda’s novels always take me on an unexpected journey.👧 A sensational story of a little girl found after she had been missing for several days. Six year old Arden Mayor comes up missing after being swept away in the rain. The community comes all out for the search. After searching for days, Sean Coleman finds Arden clinging for life and the events become headline news.🧻Fast forward twenty years and Arden has changed her name to Olivia and created another life for herself to escape the events of her past. She has seen how the media, and public can destroy your life.🧻Olivia lives in a rural town out in the woods where her closest neighbor, Rick is an overprotective man. They both look out for each other. One night Olivia finds a dead man on her property. As the news of a murder become public, her past comes back to haunt her.🧻Olivia has to confront her past and starts questioning all that’s happening around her, when she realizes the dead man is someone from her past. Which friends can she confide in? Which friends are trying to exploit her past? Grab your favorite drink and Immerse yourself in this book. You won’t be disappointed!
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  • Michael David
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book Ive read from Megan Miranda even though I had every intention of reading all of her other thrillers...this did not disappoint. This is a solid and gripping mystery of a woman named Olivia, who has left behind her old life (and old name) in an attempt to move on from her past. When she was a 6-year old, her name was Arden, and she became famous for going missing while sleepwalking and found 3 days later. On the 20th anniversary of this event, Olivia may not be able to stay This is the first book I’ve read from Megan Miranda even though I had every intention of reading all of her other thrillers...this did not disappoint. This is a solid and gripping mystery of a woman named Olivia, who has left behind her old life (and old name) in an attempt to move on from her past. When she was a 6-year old, her name was Arden, and she became famous for going missing while sleepwalking and found 3 days later. On the 20th anniversary of this event, Olivia may not be able to stay hidden when she literally stumbles upon a body...someone connected to the event that occurred in 2000. I was gripped throughout this mystery, and found myself surprised by the turn of events. Miranda does a great job of fleshing out her characters, but also leaving mystery with each one so you don’t necessarily know who’s honest and who isn’t. I think it would also make a great movie (with a great title). I look forward to reading more from from Miranda...both past and future. Thank you to Author Megan Miranda, Simon & Schuster, and NetGalley for an ARC.
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  • Julie Zantopoulos
    January 1, 1970
    "I wanted to tell him something- about the things my subconscious was capable of. About survival, and instinct."Arden has survived the impossible, swept away one night while sleepwalking into a storm drain during a drastic flash flood. She's found three days later and her whole world is changed. She becomes the media's 6-year old miracle child. There's nowhere she can go and nothing she can do without people recognizing her name. But there are those who are resentful of the money and fame that "I wanted to tell him something- about the things my subconscious was capable of. About survival, and instinct."Arden has survived the impossible, swept away one night while sleepwalking into a storm drain during a drastic flash flood. She's found three days later and her whole world is changed. She becomes the media's 6-year old miracle child. There's nowhere she can go and nothing she can do without people recognizing her name. But there are those who are resentful of the money and fame that came with her story, who are poking holes in the media coverage. How could a small child have clung to life for three days in the flooded underground tunnels full of dangerous debris? Does she deserve the money people donated? Does she deserve to still be alive? "This was another thing I learned back then: A story about you doesn't necessarily belong to you. It belongs to the writer. To the witness. To the teller."So Arden changes her name, moves away, gets a job, and keeps her past separate from her present. And it's working, right up until it isn't. Right up until she starts to sleepwalk again- until a body shows up in the woods outside her house. And then her current world is shattered when the body is connected to her past and suddenly no amount of distance or time can prevent her past from catching up to her. "You become the stories you tell-I'd learned that much from my mother. The truest type of story is the kind you tell all alone, to yourself."There were plenty of twists and turns in this book, a number of red herring killers, and an unreliable narrator in Olivia (ne: Arden) who can't trust her own memories or lack thereof. The thriller tropes are there and they're probably executed well, I just don't love the direction the story took. I don't need romance in a book but there were no friendships or romantic lead to help carry a character who herself had holes in them. So, we got these shallow glimpses at characters and I didn't connect to anyone. I did enjoy the bits of mixed media but overall...it didn't hit the marks I was hoping it would. Not bad, but not great.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Net Galley & Simon & Schuster for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.**This book intrigued be from the get go. Arden is a 6 year old, who's been know to sleep walk. Her mother wakes to 'feel' Arden missing. Seems Arden was sleepwalking again and walked right into a rain storm that literally swept her away. It took 3 days before she was found by Sean Coleman, her hand seen sticking up through a storm grate.As one can image this was a story to got attention. A 6 year old Thank you Net Galley & Simon & Schuster for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.**This book intrigued be from the get go. Arden is a 6 year old, who's been know to sleep walk. Her mother wakes to 'feel' Arden missing. Seems Arden was sleepwalking again and walked right into a rain storm that literally swept her away. It took 3 days before she was found by Sean Coleman, her hand seen sticking up through a storm grate.As one can image this was a story to got attention. A 6 year old swept away by a storm; enough attention that her mother was able to write a book and sell their story, the who shebangFast forward 20 years Arden, how now legally is Olivia Meyer to escape the following that came with being Arden "the girl from Widow Hills", is sleep walking again... only issue is this time it isn't a storm drain she wakes up in... its a dead body she's standing over.As Arden tries to remember what happened the night the man was killed; she is also inadvertently uncovering what happened those 20 years ago. Thing is Arden can's remember what happened during those 3 days. The Doctors' say it was the pain and shock to her psyche that made her not remember. By the end I bet Arden wishes she couldn't remember...
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  • Kristi
    January 1, 1970
    As a fellow sleep-walker, I was immediately interested after reading the summary of The Girl from Widow Hills. Sleep-walking is no joke! Megan Miranda is one of my favorite authors and Ive read everything shes written with great delight and The Girl from Widow Hills was no exception. Six-year-old Arden narrowly escaped death when she left the house one night in a sleep-walkers daze and was swept away into a drainage system during heavy rains. Her survival is hailed as a miracle but along with As a fellow sleep-walker, I was immediately interested after reading the summary of The Girl from Widow Hills. Sleep-walking is no joke! Megan Miranda is one of my favorite authors and I’ve read everything she’s written with great delight and The Girl from Widow Hills was no exception. Six-year-old Arden narrowly escaped death when she left the house one night in a sleep-walkers daze and was swept away into a drainage system during heavy rains. Her survival is hailed as a miracle but along with the well-wishers comes the weirdo’s and the stalkers. Because of this, Arden changes her name, cut’s ties with her drug addicted mother and becomes a successful hospital administrator in a rural area. Just when Arden, now Olivia, becomes comfortable in her new life, she begins sleep-walking again. One night, with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet, she wonders if her sleeping self is capable of murder. And so begins this delicious and complex thriller that kept a nail-biting pace throughout, page after page!Ms. Miranda has set the stage beautifully, the creepy ‘I feel like someone’s watching me’ vibe that permeated Olivia’s life with just the right amount of ‘who can I trust’ characters basically kept me second guessing all the characters in the book, even those I really liked from the start. There is an overwhelming dark and eerie atmosphere that I was really digging and the twists were perfect and well-timed. This is a must read for any fan of Ms. Miranda’s or any fan of thrillers, suspense, or mystery. My most sincere thanks to Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of The Girl from Widow Hills in exchange for my review.
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  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    January 1, 1970
    As I close this book, I feel like I have just spent long days alongside the protagonist of the novel looking for answers, as if I had known her a lifetime. This is a highly readable mystery, that did not hit the target for me initially but rendered decently enough. Arden Maynor, now Olivia Meyer has left her childhood trauma behind or so she thought, but it is catching up with her. After her episode of sleepwalking during a flood that washed her into the drains of Widow Hills where she stayed As I close this book, I feel like I have just spent long days alongside the protagonist of the novel looking for answers, as if I had known her a lifetime. This is a highly readable mystery, that did not hit the target for me initially but rendered decently enough. Arden Maynor, now Olivia Meyer has left her childhood trauma behind or so she thought, but it is catching up with her. After her episode of sleepwalking during a flood that washed her into the drains of Widow Hills where she stayed stuck for three dark, long days, she became a news sensation under the age of ten and it put her little town on the map. Since then, she has moved twice, started over, and changed her name. Bad Karma seems to follow her though. In her new job, working in the administration of a clinic, she has managed to make friends, but only trust a few. Like everywhere, this too is a place where people like to gossip. When Olivia makes personal appointments with physicians, she tends to hide her true baggage. Everyone knows something fishy happened the day when Olivia was escorted by a police officer into the hospital for treatment after a man from her past was found dead near her home. When her only neighbor ends up with a box cutter from her home during the unsolved murder investigation, a friend ends up disappearing and warning letters begin to tumble in, she quickly becomes the possible suspect. Now, Olivia will try to piece together what she has avoided for so long: the missing hours of her times sleepwalking. Someone has tried to warn her of the past that is about to catch up with her, but whom can she trust? Olivia must solve a tug of war between friends and foes that might end the same way as it began, so long ago. ***I was lured in by the premise. The cover is gorgeous and the author is well known for writing twisted thrillers. The first two-thirds of the novel were lukewarm for me and I felt like I was just going through the motions, slowly. Not bad in a sense where you are bored or can’t read it, but nothing that would knock the socks off. Perhaps I expected too much? There were moments I wanted to say: “Come on, you can do better than this!” to get the plot going. Most of the story and characters felt two dimensional to me. Instead of leaving my imagination to envision a painted picture, I was told too much leaving no room to wonder what was missing. I believe this exact dilemma is what makes the difference between a visceral experience that draws the reader in and one that puts a reader off. This part too seemed to improve more so on the last part of the novel. Perhaps it is just my experience, not sure how others might feel, though I am curious. I was rooting so much for something twisty to happen, for the surprise! Sadly, not until the last third of the novel was my attention sparked. I wanted to love this novel so much more. It was a highly anticipated title for me. Alas, I will still continue reading Megan Miranda novels in search of the one that does me in completely. Happy Reading!I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you. More of my reviews here:Through Novel Time & Distance
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  • Cindy Bokma
    January 1, 1970
    Pre-Order this book now because you won't want to miss reading it! I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish The Girl From Widow Hills, it was a very good book with lots of suspense.When Olivia was a young child, she went missing and was found three days later in a storm drain. She received tons of media attention, her mother got a book deal, she was all over the place and ultimately had to move away and change her name. Now she's grown up, working in a hospital but she's plagued Pre-Order this book now because you won't want to miss reading it! I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish The Girl From Widow Hills, it was a very good book with lots of suspense.When Olivia was a young child, she went missing and was found three days later in a storm drain. She received tons of media attention, her mother got a book deal, she was all over the place and ultimately had to move away and change her name. Now she's grown up, working in a hospital but she's plagued by a gap in her memory, she can't recall exactly what happened when she was younger and she's sleepwalking again, just like when she was younger and wandered off on the night she went missing. When she stumbles over a dead body in the middle of the night, she knows something sinister is at play. Who is this man, why was he in her yard? And that's when the suspense really heats up and things get very interesting- I couldn't stop reading! This will be a huge summer blockbuster of a novel and those who love a well-crafted suspense/mystery will be reading this as I did- quickly! Lived up to my expectations and then some. Bookstagram, CindysGoodBooks
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you @NetGalley and @Simonbooks for my arc of The Girl from Widow HillsA Novel by Megan MirandaI love gripping psychological thrillers and this definitely gave me the chills. I can relate to the main character who just wants to live her life and not be hunted by her past. I love that I am also making assumptions and all that while I am reading it and though I was almost right at some point, the author did her trick and made the twists which left me shocked.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars. I always look forward to a new Megan Miranda book and I found The Girl from Widow Hills an addicting read with an intriguing premise. Full review to come.
  • Julia ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley and Corvus for the ARC.
  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    You can run but you can never hide! The truth will set you free! OMG!! This book was superb and kept me flipping pages faster than I've ever done before!If you are looking for a thriller with that exclusive fast paced, heart pounding, non stop action- Look no further!Megan is a writer I've enjoyed for many years and in fact has always received high reviews from me.This is in my opinion one of her best writings if not THE BEST!It all begins with a young lady ARDEN who is lost for over 3 days You can run but you can never hide! The truth will set you free! OMG!! This book was superb and kept me flipping pages faster than I've ever done before!If you are looking for a thriller with that exclusive fast paced, heart pounding, non stop action- Look no further!Megan is a writer I've enjoyed for many years and in fact has always received high reviews from me.This is in my opinion one of her best writings if not THE BEST!It all begins with a young lady ARDEN who is lost for over 3 days after sleepwalking during a rainstorm.Now the focus centers upon a man named Sean Coleman who found her and of course her mother who seeks to inherit fame and fortune by telling this 'surviving tale' of her daughter being found alive and holding on to a storm drain -battered and bruised.What did everyone learn from this experience 20 yrs ago if anything is the question readers ponder.I say this because Megan leads us on a 'detective' experience like no other in which there are a few quirks and pieces of evidence that stand out but nothing really concrete...UNTIL!!!OH SNAP!!If you're a fan you know where this is going...and it's all centered around a 'gifted liar' but who is this LIAR under a mask of darkness?I went from thinking about every character in this book and while I had an idea from the start and that hunch was right - there's no denying that the author here made me look at other avenues and exhaust every possibility and that's a great writer who can sway your thoughts so deeply to make even something that appeared concrete be brought through the stages of questioning.I can't give too much away but safe to say danger is lurking and in fact lurking might not be the best word to use here as I think "STALKING" AND "PSYCHOTIC" might be better words.What always amazes me is the survivors tale especially those of abuse and trauma in which others find them non believable and non credible.They are often blamed and excused away and that's often because those closed too us are the culprits of the crimes.Yet, this is one of those books that leave you absolutely breathless when you uncover the truth which is maddening in its own right!To think that many seek help when abused especially through utilizing various forms of therapy and or medication to ease the problems and hardships and sometimes that trust is often abused risking everyone involved.Be careful who you trust is all I can tell the readers. Because in the end you can change your name, image, livelihood but you cannot easily change who you are without proper intervention. That's a fact. The perpetrator must want to change and this is usually not the case in most situations. Often times the perpetrator receives a benefit by acting a certain way and this is a great piece of advise to keep in mind when entering this one.I hope you enjoy this as much as I have.This was truly splendid in every right!Thank you to Megan Miranda, the pub, and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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  • Taylor Knight
    January 1, 1970
    I was really excited to pick up The Girl from Widow Hills. The plot sounded great and I'd seen several reviews that had high praise. Unfortunately, it was way too slow for me tom really become invest in it. Nothing really happened until 19% into the book and the real action didn't happen until the book was almost over. There was several plot twists and one was pretty decent but the other seemed to come way out of left field and it didn't make a lot of sense to me. I did really like the overall I was really excited to pick up The Girl from Widow Hills. The plot sounded great and I'd seen several reviews that had high praise. Unfortunately, it was way too slow for me tom really become invest in it. Nothing really happened until 19% into the book and the real action didn't happen until the book was almost over. There was several plot twists and one was pretty decent but the other seemed to come way out of left field and it didn't make a lot of sense to me. I did really like the overall plot and the writing was really good. I liked the main character and even the side characters added value to the book. Overall, for most of the book, it wasn't really holding my attention and I wasn't extremely driven to finish the book. If you don't mind slower reads, you might really enjoy The Girl from Widow Hills.
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  • Sheyla ✎
    January 1, 1970
    Olivia (Arden Maynor) suffered a traumatic event when she was only six years of age. She was trapped during a rainstorm for three days before she was found and rescued.Since those days, everyone has wanted a piece of Liv's story through her childhood, teenage years and young adulthood. To start over, after college, she changed her name. She moved and currently she works in the administration office of a hospital. Her childhood marked her. She doesn't like closed-in spaces. She remains leery of Olivia (Arden Maynor) suffered a traumatic event when she was only six years of age. She was trapped during a rainstorm for three days before she was found and rescued.Since those days, everyone has wanted a piece of Liv's story through her childhood, teenage years and young adulthood. To start over, after college, she changed her name. She moved and currently she works in the administration office of a hospital. Her childhood marked her. She doesn't like closed-in spaces. She remains leery of giving any details from her past to anyone, including her friend Bennett and lately, her new friend Elyse. Liv broke up her relationship with Jonah, her ex, who was a professor at the school but she never told him about her past. Every year during the anniversary of her rescue, she feels her body tensing and waiting for something to happen. For someone from her past to find her. For her life to become one more nightmare.Liv's disappearance as a child was thought to be due to her sleepwalking. Then, it starts happening again. One night, Liv wakes up outside her new house without recollection of how she got there. She's terrified her sleepwalking is back. She's so scared when her neighbor, an older man, finds her. Rick used to be the owner of the house she's currently occupying. The next night she sleepwalks is not her neighbor who wakes her up, but it's her tripping over a dead body outside her property line.Who is the man dead outside her property? Who killed him? Did she do it? Did her neighbor do it? Or is someone else out there lurking and trying to harm her?The Girl from Widow Hills is the third book I read by Megan Miranda. I have liked her other two and I find myself enjoying this one too. The narrative starts slow but the pace changes by the last third of the book. I was invested in learning about both mysteries. What really happened to the six-year-old Arden and who was trying to hurt her now. I do wish the ending was more detailed and I felt that an epilogue was missing. Anyway, I still enjoyed the hours of distraction Megan Miranda gave me.Cliffhanger: No4/5 FangsA complimentary copy was provided by Simon and Schuster via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    January 1, 1970
    Arden Mayer was six years old when she started sleepwalking, one night she disappeared and after three days of intense searching she was found in a drainage pipe. She had no memory of that night or what led to her being in the pipe but the media was infatuated with her story. The medias attention followed her and her mother for years and even when the 5 and 10 year anniversaries came. Arden refusing to be known as the The Girl From Widow Hill since this happened In Widow Hill Kentucky, she Arden Mayer was six years old when she started sleepwalking, one night she disappeared and after three days of intense searching she was found in a drainage pipe. She had no memory of that night or what led to her being in the pipe but the media was infatuated with her story. The media’s attention followed her and her mother for years and even when the 5 and 10 year anniversaries came. Arden refusing to be known as the The Girl From Widow Hill since this happened In Widow Hill Kentucky, she changes her name to Olivia and moves hoping for a fresh start. Working at a hospital she makes some friends but she always feels different since she keeps her past a secret. After a phone call that informs her that her mother has passed away, she keep gets the feeling she’s being watched. After a night of sleepwalking she’s wakes up to find , she’s standing over the body of man whose been murdered. Scared she runs to her neighbors and soon the police are involved. Fearing her past will be uncovered she tries to uncover who this man was and what’s his connection is to her. The constant feeling of being watched, she’s scared and decides to uncover what her past is hiding and what led to her being six years old in a drainage pipe.. see you can never run from the past! Five stars! This book was a twisted thriller for sure!
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  • RoseMary Achey
    January 1, 1970
    An event that transpired when she was 6 years old continues to haunt and hunt Arden Maynor. Arden was a sleepwalker and as a child she wandered out during a rainstorm and was swept into the storm drain system of her small community Widow Hills. Found three days later clinging to a storm grate her mother exploited the story for years to come. There were several subplots I found a little difficult to wrap my head around-mainly that the general public would be as concerned with the story as author An event that transpired when she was 6 years old continues to haunt and hunt Arden Maynor. Arden was a sleepwalker and as a child she wandered out during a rainstorm and was swept into the storm drain system of her small community Widow Hills. Found three days later clinging to a storm grate her mother exploited the story for years to come. There were several subplots I found a little difficult to wrap my head around-mainly that the general public would be as concerned with the story as author Miranda portrays. Secondly, that a child of 6 years old could be swept in a storm drain and survive for three days clinging to a grate. Third Arden/Olivia is always surprised that everyone knows her backstory. The story takes place in 2020 and it is no surprise that her colleagues, friends and neighbors can find the story with a few well chosen keywords and an internet connection.Typically I never see the ending coming, but about midway through this novel the pieces all fell into place for me. The author is generous with her clues and if you watch for them you will be able to solve the puzzle. However there is a nice twist in the very ending of the book that I did not see coming-no spoilers here but wait for it!
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    As a young child, Arden sleepwalked out of her house in the middle of a rainstorm and was swept away. Search parties were led by people in and out of town, and the event made the news well beyond the town of Widow Hills. Against all odds, Arden was found days later, alive, clinging to a storm drain. Ardens mother capitalized on the publicity, writing a book and going on talk shows. Arden gained fans and stalkers. The scrutiny became too much and as soon as she was old enough Arden changed her As a young child, Arden sleepwalked out of her house in the middle of a rainstorm and was swept away. Search parties were led by people in and out of town, and the event made the news well beyond the town of Widow Hills. Against all odds, Arden was found days later, alive, clinging to a storm drain. Ardens mother capitalized on the publicity, writing a book and going on talk shows. Arden gained fans and stalkers. The scrutiny became too much and as soon as she was old enough Arden changed her name to Olivia, moved and disappeared from the public eye. As the 20th anniversary of the rescue approaches Olivia feels like she's being watched and begins sleepwalking again. Then late one night Olivia wakes in her yard - next to a dead man. A man she knew when she was Arden.At first the idea this miraculous rescue would remain in the minds of a nation, and continue to be worthy of a news story on it's anniversary, seems outrageous. In the 24-hour news cycle, how could something like this - something positive - be this enduring? Yet, I can see it happening. If you watch the news, or spend time online, you know that there is a need for a break from horror; a miracle survivor story has the power to provide that, particularly if there is name recognition likely to get a lot of "clicks". Also, if you consider some of the famous people in the world, they are famous for nothing. Famous for existing. Famous for a mistake that might have been intentional. Et cetera. The plot of The Girl From Widow Hills was intriguing, as was Olivia. I recommend it for fans of psychological suspense. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. The opinions in this review are honest and my own.
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