The Girl From Widow Hills

The Girl From Widow Hills

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Book - 2020
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As a child, Arden Maynor was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm. Found alive days later clinging to a storm drain, the girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden's mother wrote a book. Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. With the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Then Olivia begins sleepwalking again. One night she jolts awake in her yard-- and at her feet is the corpse of a man she knows from her previous life. -- adapted from jacket.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2020]
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501165429
1501165429
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mir
Description: 323 pages ; 24 cm

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WPL_Erin Mar 04, 2021

There is something absolutely mesmerizing about Miranda's ability to completely captivate her audience with her slow burn mysteries.

Instead of fast paced heart stopping scenes,the author builds the story like interlocking bricks in a way where the reader constantly feels just a bit of unease and piqued curiosity. Her storytelling is brilliant and I never see her endings coming. I truly believe she doesn't get enough credit in the mystery world.

Kudos, this book was amazing.

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Bookworm1136
Feb 24, 2021

4 stars. I enjoyed this book very much. It was an interesting story with interesting characters and it kept me wondering about how it was going to be resolved. Arden Maynor was the "girl from Widow Hills", "the girl who survived", the girl who sleepwalked when she was 6 and disappeared and was found 3 days later in a storm drain, alive. But the publicity proved to be a double edged sword and when she and her Mother tired of the notoriety and negative comments, they moved away and later Arden changed her name. She built a new identity for herself in another state and tried not to look back. But when she finds herself sleepwalking for the first time in 20 years and discovers the body of a man, someone from her past, dead in her backyard, she wonders whether the past has come back to find her. The police suspect her and she has to use all her wiles to try to discover what happened and who did it and why. This book had a lot of twists and turns and Miranda is deft enough with the plot to keep you guessing. A very good read.

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sunnyfeline
Dec 21, 2020

Well written suspense novel that follows a woman who became "famous" as a sleepwalking kid when she got swept away in the storm and was found alive days later. Arden doesn't have much memory of what happened, which makes it even more interesting because the reader is left wanting to know what exactly happened and why she can't remember. It goes back and forth from when Arden was a child to an adult. Some people turn up dead and it leaves you wondering if she had something to do with the deaths; did she sleepwalk again? Or is someone after her? If so, why? Several HUGE twists throughout the novel; worth reading if you like suspense and mystery books!

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HeatherM81
Dec 07, 2020

I found this book quite intriguing from the start of the book to the middle. I felt the end was lacking in a way, it felt as though it wasn't complete in a way. I was hoping for more detail or an explanation in the end. Overall I found this a quite enjoyable read.

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jgoins03
Dec 04, 2020

Such a good thriller! It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. I recommend anything by Megan Miranda.

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Dee_BPL
Nov 09, 2020

I loved this book! I never really thought much about the future lives of the people who become famous from the intense focus of a news story and how that news story may shape their future. This novel had me engaged from start to finish!

ArapahoeKati Sep 09, 2020

I think I'm in the minority on this one, I didn't find it suspenseful enough, though the premise was engaging.

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joangamal
Aug 22, 2020

I loved this book so much but it took a while. The ending, which is important to me was the best!!!!!!! I will read, or should I say, listen to all of her books. I go through at least 3 books a week.

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carolefort
Aug 16, 2020

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda is a thriller that will stay with you, long after the end of the book. It is a story that will have you guessing and confused from the first page. Arden Maynor, a six-year-old, disappears from her home on a stormy night. It is believed that, while sleepwalking outdoors, she was swept away by a violent rainstorm. All of Widow Hills begin the search for the child, fearing the worst. After three harrowing days, Arden is found in a storm drain and saved. The child’s life is never the same as word of her ordeal spreads. When she is older, she changes her name to Olivia and fades from the limelight to live her life in anonymity for a change. She finished college, moved to another state and got a job at a local hospital. All is well for a while till she finds out that her estranged mother has passed away and the sleepwalking returns. One night, she stumbles onto a dead body in her yard and the police begin an investigation that threatens to bring back the troubles of her past life. Olivia is no longer able to tell the friends from the foes and the police may be digging up what should be left untouched. This is a rollercoaster ride and the end of the book will shock. Highly recommended. Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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darladoodles
Jun 10, 2020

An atmospheric new thriller that has you walking on eggshells for the entire book. Olivia wakes up from a deep sleep and finds herself in her front yard. A phone is ringing by her feet and it is in the pocket of a dead man. The man was killed with a knife. Olivia has blood on her hands . . . and the next day she realizes her box cutter is missing. The whole book takes place in about a week's time, but there is 20+ years of baggage to deal with. A surprise lurks around every corner and most of them are not good. Unsettling, compelling reading. Will find its way into many a suitcase and beach bag this summer, no doubt.

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