The Perfect Stranger
by Megan Miranda
The Perfect Stranger was the perfect thriller! (And, yes, I do crack myself up!) I read All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda two years ago and I really enjoyed it. One of my friends lent me The Perfect Stranger and I was perfectly delighted to read it! I tend to like to read all the books that an author has written if I like one of their books. So this was no exception. That being said, I’m never in a rush to read everything . . .I like to draw out the enjoyment . . .hence reading a second Megan Miranda book two years after the first!
This time around, it did take me a little while to get into the story. I think it was mainly due to having a lot going on with work/life/etc. I also wasn’t able to sit down and read chunks of it at a time, so it dragged a bit. However, once I got about half-way through, I decided enough was enough. I made a chunk of time and literally gobbled up the rest of the book . . .IT WAS SO GOOD.
There was the perfect mix of build up, questionable actions, creepiness and suspense! The main character, Leah, has run away from something in her past and followed her roommate to a rural town where she becomes a teacher. There, she tries to fit in and make a new life for herself. However, someone is stalking and threatening her and then her roommate disappears. It’s up to her and the police officer she *kind of* starts a fling with, to figure out what is really going on.
Note: I always post some spoilers . . .honestly, these are for me to remember what happens in the book! Do not feel the need to read them. Not only will they spoil the book . . .but sometimes they are a little disjointed! You will find them in just about every post of mine . . .so be aware!
Spoilers!! Leah’s roommate is playing her the whole time to steal her identity and give it to another friend. Ultimately, she kills the other friend and runs away from Leah (but does get caught in the end). Leah’s past: Leah was a journalist, who at one point lived with her best friend and her best friend’s boyfriend. Slowly, Leah thought she was going crazy as little things of hers go missing, she wakes up with no blankets, and hears things. She know’s it’s her friend’s boyfriend and one night she is proven correct. He drugs her and tries to drown her in the bathtub. He is ultimately unsuccessful, but after this (and her subsequent move out of the house), other girls in the area commit mysterious suicides. Leah knows it’s him and writes an article pointing to the truth. He commits suicide and Leah gets fired and disappears. Final spoiler: the boyfriend did not commit suicide, his wife (former girlfriend) kills him, making it look like a suicide. While she never resumes friendship with Leah, you are left knowing that she new about her husband’s atrocities and did something about it.
Summing it up: The Perfect Stranger was certainly a perfect thriller. I loved it and I hope if you choose to read it, you find it as perfect as I did! I highly recommend this one!