Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: Adult Fiction
Review by: Aoife, Newbridge Library
When Arden Maynor was six years old, she was swept away in a terrifying storm and went missing for days. Against all odds, she was found alive, clinging to a storm drain. Fame followed and so did fans, creeps and stalkers. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and left Widow Hills behind.
Twenty years after the rescue, Olivia, as she is now known, is plagued by night terrors. She often finds herself out of bed in the middle of the night, sometimes streets away from her home. Then one evening she jolts awake in her yard, with the corpse of a man at her feet.
The girl from Widow Hills is about to become the centre of the story, once again…
This is the first of Megan Miranda’s books for adults that I have read. The plot revolves around a young woman called Olivia, with transcripts of phone calls and live TV reports serving as flashbacks. Olivia deals with sleepwalking episodes on a regular basis. The flashbacks reveal that Olivia was known as Arden Maynor as a child. Furthermore, something traumatic happened to her. She changed her name and left her hometown when she matured.
The book gripped me from the first page and made me want to find out more. The plot is executed superbly, with just enough information to keep you second-guessing. All of the characters have something to hide, which makes them come alive on the pages. By the time the ending comes….it’s definitely a twist!
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