Title: The Girl From Widow Hills
Author: Megan Miranda
Release Date: June 23, 2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was another thing I learned back then: A story about you doesn’t necessarily belong to you. It belongs to the writer. To the witness. To the teller.
And no one knows what it’s like to become a story than Arden Maynor. Known as the girl from Widow Hills, Arden became a story on the public stage when she disappeared for three days at the age of 6. Prone to sleepwalking, Arden was swept away in the night by a terrible storm without a trace. For days, the town looked high and low without a clue as to where she went. When hope was all but lost, Arden was found alive three days later clinging to a storm drain.
On the heels of her miraculous recovery came notoriety as she was first recognized from the media, and then from her mother’s book. With the fame came fan mail, stalkers, and wild conspiracy theorists. Desperate to escape the lime light and tired of having her story written by others, when Arden turned 18 she changed her name to Olivia and disappeared from the media altogether.
Avoidance has worked well for Olivia, right up until she starts sleepwalking again. And it’s just as dramatic before – she wakes up standing over a dead body. And not just any body – this is a body she recognizes from a lifetime ago, when she went by Arden.
As Olivia’s past and current life start to collide, things she’d rather not remember and memories she’s hidden away come rushing to the surface. Catapulted once again into the center of the media’s spotlight, this time Olivia is determined to write her own story, and discover what happened all those years ago once and for all.
You become the stories you tell-I’d learned that much from my mother. The truest type of story is the kind you tell all alone, to yourself.
This book definitely had its ups and downs for me. The beginning was a little slow, and I didn’t connect all that well to the characters. About halfway through it picks up quite a bit, and I enjoyed the twists and turns that came along with the faster plot. I love when I get plot twists that are shocking but still in the realm of possibility, and this book delivered in spades. And the last 25% of the book? I was all set to give this a comfortable three stars, but those last 50 or so pages bumped it up an entire star for me! So far I’ve really enjoyed Megan Miranda’s books, and this one was no exception. I don’t want to say more here because spoilers are RUDE, but I can’t wait to see where this author goes next.
*All quotations are taken from an ARC and are subject to change prior to publication.
The Girl From Widow Hills released on June 23, 2020.