The Perfect Stranger: A Novel (Paperback)
Are you as tired of unreliable narrators as I am? The narrator in this novel is the only reliable voice.
Tarnished journalist Leah Stewart is anxious to start over in a rural community, taming up with a former roommate, Emmy, to reinvent themselves.
After first acknowledging then reporting Emmy's disappearance to authorities, Leah is unable to verify anything she thought she knew. Sucked into an investigation of local murders, Leah's past conduct further discredits her tale. Romantic involvement with the lead detective muddies the water.— marla
From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Missing Girls—the gripping story of a journalist who sets out to find her missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all. “Think: Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl” (TheSkimm).
When Leah Stevens’ career implodes, a chance meeting with her old friend Emmy Grey offers her the perfect opportunity to start over. Emmy, just out of a bad relationship, convinces Leah to come live with her in rural Pennsylvania, where there are teaching positions available and no one knows Leah’s past.
When the town sees a spate of vicious crimes and Emmy Grey disappears, Leah begins to realize how very little she knows about her friend and roommate. Unable to find friends, family, a paper trail or a digital footprint, the police question whether Emmy Grey existed at all. And mark Leah as a prime suspect.
Fighting the doubts of the police and her own sanity, 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.
Megan Miranda delivers a deep, dark and twisty novel just as thrilling as her New York Times bestseller All the Missing Girls.
About the Author
Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls; The Perfect Stranger; The Last House Guest, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick; The Girl from Widow Hills; and Such a Quiet Place. She has also written several books for young adults. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Instagram or visit MeganMiranda.com.
Praise for THE PERFECT STRANGER
"YA author Miranda, who moved into the adult market with All the Missing Girls, proves she isn’t a one-hit wonder with this exciting thriller. Its twisty tale with many layers—a little romance, great writing, and an awesome story line—will keep psychological suspense fans turning the pages."
"Solid plot... An entertaining read."
Praise for ALL THE MISSING GIRLS
***A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER***
A New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice"
"This thriller’s all of your fav page-turners (think: Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl) rolled into one."
"Both [Gillian] Flynn’s and Miranda’s main characters also reclaim the right of female characters to be more than victim or femme fatale… All the Missing Girls is set to become one of the best books of 2016."
—Los Angeles Review of Books
"Extremely interesting… A novel that will probably be called Hitchcockian."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Are you paying attention? You'll need to be; this thriller will test your brain with its reverse chronological structure, and it's a page-turner to boot."
"Intricately plotted… Ms. Miranda brings heightened suspense and a twist to this familiar scenario by telling the story, which unfolds over 15 days, in reverse chronological order."
—The New York Times
"Fast-paced and frightening, All the Missing Girls will teach you why it's dangerous to go into the woods alone at night."
"All the Missing Girls is the archetypal murder mystery, the kind it seems like everyone has been hungry for since Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins's Girl on the Train."
"A new spin on a classic 'missing person' thriller, All the Missing Girls is the perfect read for thriller fans."
"A twisty, compulsive read—I loved it."
—Ruth Ware, author of THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Darkly nostalgic.... Miranda takes a risk by telling the story backward, but it pays off with an undroppable thriller, plenty of romantic suspense, and a fresh take on the decades-old teenage-murder theme."