Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda.
The new thriller from the New York Times bestselling, Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine August 2019 pick, Megan Miranda.
Everyone knows the story of the girl from Widow Hills.
When Arden Maynor was six years old, she was swept away in terrifying storm and went missing for days. Against all odds, she was found alive, clinging to a storm drain. A living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book, and fame followed. But so did fans, creeps and stalkers. It was all too much, and as soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and left Widow Hills behind.
Now, a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden is known as Olivia. With the twentieth anniversary of her rescue looming, media interest in the girl who survived is increasing. Where is she now? The stress brings back the night terrors of Olivia’s youth.
Often, she finds herself out of bed in the middle of the night, sometimes outside her home, even streets away. 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.
I was the girl who survived.The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
Oooh but this was goood. It was absolutely gripping right from the get go. It feels dark to begin with, and gave me a sense of claustrophobia a clever technique that fitted well with Arden’s experience trapped underground as a child. There is a sinister feel to the story. Gripping yet startling almost like watching a chilling movie behind your cushion. That imagie of a young girl clinging to a grate had me thinking more of Stephen King’s It than of a happy survival story. There is something underneath the surface that made my skin prickle.
Olivia has moved on. She changed her name and disappeared, left it all behind. Or so she thought. As the twentieth anniversary of the rescue approaches, Olivia discovers that she can’t outrun the past and the shadow of Arden is never far behind.
I found this incredibly enjoyable. The writing is great, the story dark and twisty. It totally sucked me in and I read it pretty much in one sitting. It’s that kind of book – you just want to find out what happens next. I’m usually quite good at seeing where a story might be heading but I have to say this was so well written that I really couldn’t predict how it would work out.
Olivia’s past is quite innocent really, at first there is no apparent reason why she should want to hide, after all the entire country was routing for her to be found. The story of the little girl washed away in the floods reached far and wide. Yet there is always darkness lurking in the background. Envy, cruelty, greed, and secrets. Those are the worst of all. Those are the things that will track you down and stop you wanting to go to sleep at night. So Olivia/Arden hides, hoping the past won’t catch her out this time.
Megan creates a brilliant sense of tension and atmopshere in her writing. I can see this transfering on to the big screen perfectly. Olivia is a complex character who never quite knows who to trust, and neither do you. I was constantly on the look out for the ‘bad guy (or girl)’, and the uncertainty only added to the intrigue and enjoyment. It’s never quite explicit and there are plenty of dark shadows in this story. If you love a good thriller, then I thoroughly recommend The Girl From Widow Hills.
Thank you so much to Ann Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour. You’ve introduced me to yet another fantatstic author, thank you. My thanks also go to the team at Corvus for sending me a copy to review. This is ceratinly one for the ‘recommended reads’ list.
About the author
Megan Miranda is the author of All The Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger, and The Last House Guest, which was the August 2019 Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine pick. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children.