The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

The Perfect Stranger

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, convin...


Details The Perfect Stranger

TitleThe Perfect Stranger
ISBN9781501108006
Author
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense
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Reviews The Perfect Stranger

  • Melissa
    2017-03-23
    *3.5 stars*Like so many other readers, I was completely mesmerized by Megan Miranda’s story told in reverse, All the Missing Girls. So imagine my excitement at the mere thought of a follow-up, let alone actually holding it in my hands.I know it’s unrealistic to expect an author that hits one out of the park to repeat that same performance the next time they’re up at bat, but sometimes that doesn’t stop this crazy mind of mine from wanting...
  • Larry H
    2017-01-20
    I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars here.Sometimes I think we put unfair pressure on authors. Let's say an author writes a book that blows you away. You eagerly anticipate their next book, sometimes you get impatient if it takes them too long to write another one, and then when you get the chance to read it, you expect this one to blow you away, too, right? (I know I'm not alone here.) But if it doesn't come close to the last book, at least in your mind,...
  • Deanna
    2017-05-05
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...I really enjoyed Megan Miranda's previous novel "All the Missing Girls". After reading the description of "The Perfect Stranger", I was looking forward to reading it as well. "A journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all."Leah Stevens runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey at the perfect time. She needs to get out of Boston after her ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2016-12-02
    3.5 STARSLast year I was blown away by Miranda’s adult fiction debut All the Missing Girls. The story being told in reverse, the memorable characters, the building suspense that caused me to hold my breath until the gut wrenching conclusion were all reasons it was one of my top reads of 2016. I say all this as a reminder to myself, since I tend to judge successful authors’ latest work against their uber successful previous books (unfairly), t...
  • Pouting Always
    2017-05-14
    Leah is a former journalist starting her life over in Pennsylvania after a story she publishes backfires and causes her to be forced out. At first Leah was lost, not sure where to go now but then she runs into her old roommate Emmy. Leah and Emmy lived together when Leah was out of college for four months before Emmy took off to the peace crop. It felt like fate to be reunited with Emmy after all these years so when Emmy proposes they move somewh...
  • Linda
    2016-12-12
    I received a copy of The Perfect Stranger through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Simon & Shuster and to Megan Miranda for the opportunity.Trouble seems to find you like a stray dog on the run.Leah Stevens needs to find the Exit sign immediately if not sooner. Her short career as a Boston journalist, newly crossing the threshold, is soon to hit the skids. Leah was following a story in which multiple female suicides had happened at th...
  • Meredith
    2017-04-16
    3.5 starsSuspenseful psychological thriller with a lackluster ending. Pushed out of her reporter job because she goes too far with an investigation, Leah Stevens flees Boston to Western, PA with her former roommate, Emmy, to start a new life. After a woman, who happens to look a lot like Leah, is attacked and Emmy goes missing, Leah begins to question how much she really knows her roommate. As Leah begins to investigate Emmy, more and more questi...
  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    2017-04-27
    Lots of mixed reviews for this one, and I can see why. Parts of this book I enjoyed, but there were also sections that just didn’t work for me. I had high hopes, but it just didn’t live up to my expectations. Leah was a dogged journalist determined to get to the truth no matter the cost. Looking for a new start, she feels it’s time to cut her losses and move on. The true reason Leah left Boston remains a mystery for most of the book.Emmy, L...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    2017-04-22
    4 stars! This was a suspenseful, thrilling read!I had my doubts when starting this book firstly because I really loved the author, Megan Miranda’s, previous novel “All The Missing Girls”. I was hoping to love this as much or more but thought it might be hard to top. My doubts also stemmed from the very mixed reviews I read prior to opening this book. A lot of GR friends felt disappointed. With that being said, although I enjoyed ATMG more, ...
  • Esil
    2017-05-27
    Just barely 3 stars. There's something about Megan Miranda's approach to story telling that doesn't really click with me. I didn't love All the Missing Girls and I'm feeling the same about The Perfect Stranger. There's something breathless and overly suggestive about the way the plots unfold. Her protagonists are caught in a dark atmospheric dreamlike headspace that makes me feel a bit claustrophobic. That said, The Perfect Stranger didn't feel l...
  • Liz
    2017-04-04
    Add me to the list of those who loved All the Missing Girls. So, it was with excitement and trepidation that I picked up The Perfect Stranger, Miranda’s sophomore effort. She doesn't disappoint. While not as amazing as ATMG, it's an engrossing read. Since I finished this on baseball’s opening day, I'll use a baseball analogy. If ATMG was a grand slam, this is a home run. There are three components necessary for a successful book - good writin...
  • Kendall
    2017-04-14
    Perfect Stranger was a bit difficult for me to rate. I, like many others loved Megan Miranda's debut novel All The Missing Girls. So, naturally I was very excited to read her second novel.My first thoughts on rating this were.... if I would have read The Perfect Stranger first and not ALMG would I have given it a higher rating? I'm trying my ultimate hardest to not compare this one to her debut since the stories/books are completely different. Bu...
  • Zoeytron
    2017-01-04
    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.Words have a power all their own, whether written or spoken. Leah Stevens, tainted journalist, is well aware of this. She is also a true believer in the end justifying the means. That really didn't work out so well for her, so she picks up stakes and plans to start all over in a fresh place. Shortly thereafter, Leah's roommate, Emma Grey, goes missing. It is almost as though she never existed...
  • Miriam Smith
    2018-01-24
    Having never read any books by the popular author Megan Miranda previously or the highly successful "All The Missing Girls" I was looking forward to trying out this author by reading her latest offering "The Perfect Stranger".Leah is a determined journalist who always strives for the truth. When something goes wrong with an article she writes - having got a little too close to the possible truth in a series of suicides - she ends up leaving Bosto...
  • Melisa
    2017-01-03
    This was my belief. That the truth rises to the surface like air bubbles in boiling water. That it rushes upward like a force of nature, exploding in a gasp of air when it reaches the surface, as it was always intended to do.All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda was my absolute number one favorite book of 2016, so while I don't want to compare her follow up to it, it's difficult not to. Miranda's writing is as effortless as it is cinematic - I c...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    2017-06-30
    4★“Truth and story—doesn’t matter which comes first as long as you get where you need to be at the end. As long as you end at the truth, all’s fair.”That’s how Leah Stevens lived, and that’s why she had to leave town in a hurry. She knew the truth, directed attention to it, and it had fatal consequences that affected an old friend. She found support in the shape of Emmy Grey, her roommate after college whom she hadn’t seen for e...
  • Holly B
    2017-04-26
    I love that the main character Leah Stevens is a teacher (as I am) at least in her secondary career. I really like the premise of the book (a girl tries to erase her existence). The pace was good and I was constantly guessing throughout about who was "real" and who was "invented". I went back and forth about who it was throughout the whole ride. I found myself a bit "confused" and not sure if Leah's mind was playing tricks or if it was the roomma...
  • Erin
    2017-07-04
    I absolutely loved Megan Miranda's book All The Missing Girls. That book was fast-paced and sucked me in from page one.I was really excited to read her follow up The Perfect Stranger. It seemed like a great premise. A woman Leah, reports her roommate Emmy missing but as the investigation continues it seems likely Emmy never even existed. That should have been a great thriller but instead The Perfect Stranger was boring, convoluted, and slow-paced...
  • Nicki
    2016-12-09
    Omg,This story is so twisty and fiendishly plotted,it really genuinely messes with your head.When I finished reading it I was totally blown away and confused.Failed Journalist Leah Steven's life has hit rock bottom when she runs into her old friend Emmy Grey in a bar in Boston.Emmy has just broken up with her boyfriend and because both women want to get away from Boston suggests that she and Leah move to rural Pennsilvania and start their lives a...
  • Jan
    2017-01-09
    Frustrating start, but the ending saved this for me...Coming off the heels of All the Missing Girls that I really enjoyed, Megan Miranda was quickly added to my authors to remember list, and getting my hands on her latest novel was an easy decision. Unfortunately I had a much different experience this time around.The premise was good and the main story line did hold my interest, but I had a love/hate relationship with the trace amount of breadcru...
  • Lee
    2016-12-26
    I loved "All The Missing Girls" and was hoping that Megan Miranda's second book would be as good as her first and I am thrilled to say it was. Leah Steven is a journalist facing a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit and due to this needs to get away from Boston. While having a drink in a bar she is surprised to see her friend from eight years ago, Emmy. Emmy has just left a bad relationship and is also looking for a fresh start and sugg...
  • ☮Karen
    2017-05-02
    The author has given us something even better than her last book, more thrills and mysteries, and NOT written in reverse, thank you very much. The lead characters of Leah and Emma, both hiding secrets from their pasts, are broken young women still learning how to make it in a world that can be cruel and suspicious. They run off from Boston to small-town Pennsylvania to try to start over -- Leah, a former journalist now turned school teacher, and ...
  • Petra
    2016-12-13
    When Leah runs into Emmy, an old friend she hasn't seen in years, it seems perfect timing. Having had to quit her job as a journalist in Boston and with a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit hanging over her, she is grateful for Emmy's invitation to move to rural Pennsylvania with her. But starting anew as a high school teacher isn't that easy in a town that seems full of people looking for a fresh start. Megan Miranda did a great job o...
  • Amber
    2017-08-10
    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Leah Stevens was once a reporter for a Boston newspaper. That all changed when a story she wrote ended her career. Hoping for a fresh new start, she moves with her old college room mate Emmy to a quiet town in western Pennsylvania. Leah becomes an English teacher at a high school and everything is calm in her world. Or so she thinks. It is only when someone begins to st...
  • Liz Barnsley
    2016-12-14
    I LOVED this.Look I was a huge fan of All the Missing Girls, a story told backwards, so I was slightly concerned that Megan Miranda could not pull off that level of intelligent psychological thriller for a second time. But she did. The Perfect Stranger is the perfect mix of tension and intrigue, beautifully done, unpredictable and with another terrifically well drawn main protagonist.Leah Stevens has moved away from Boston, leaving a scandal behi...
  • Holly
    2016-12-16
    Like so many others, I really enjoyed Megan Miranda's All the Missing Girls, so I was very excited to read her latest novel.This one was just as well written, quite obvious that she knows how to write suspense novels. This had an interesting plot that kept me glued to the pages trying to figure out all the angles. The plot twists were strong, the characters were interesting, and I couldn't read fast enough to find out what the hell was going on. ...
  • Carrie
    2017-04-13
    Leah Stevens job as a journalist was on the line as she continued to protect her source on a story and ended up with a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit. Not knowing what to do with herself Leah ends up running into an old friend, Emmy Grey, right at Leah's lowest time. Emmy proposes the pair move to somewhere new and each gain a new start in life. Heading off to western Pennsylvania with Emmy, Leah finds herself taking a completely d...
  • Bam
    2017-07-01
    *3.5 stars. Another good page-turner, perfect for summer reading. Leah Stevens finds herself forced out of her job as an investigative reporter for a Boston newspaper after making a fatal career mistake and now wishes to make a fresh start as a teacher. She has also by chance reconnected with an old friend named Emmie who wants to leave town to get away from a failed relationship. Emmie supposedly throws a dart at the US map and picks a small tow...
  • Jaime
    2017-09-10
    "As long as you end at the truth, all's fair." Leah is a journalist who will sacrifice herself to get to the truth. As Leah sets out to find her friend, Emmy, she realizes that her friend may not have existed at all. The Perfect Stranger is a must read. The writing was superb and I was totally into the story fromthe very beginning. However, the story could really trip you up if you fail to pay attention to detail. There was some parts in the stor...
  • Brandie
    2016-12-10
    4.5 only because I felt like the end was a bit drawn out. This book kept me guessing until the end and had everything I look for in a good thriller! For me, what makes a great suspense novel stand out from the rest is when it has me completely freaked out, jumping at every little noise, making me feel like I have to look over my shoulder. I felt like I was there with Leah in this book. She was a likable character that I could sympathize with. And...