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The Perfect Stranger

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  40,794 ratings  ·  3,692 reviews
Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman w ...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Simon & Schuster
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*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 to experience that same level of book nirvana. This time,
Larry H
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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, whose fault is that, yours or theirs?

I pondered t
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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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 career as a journalist takes a nosedive and Emmy w
Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
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Last 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), that I need to base my review of this book on simply th
Always Pouting
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 somewhere random on the map together Leah agrees to go w ...more
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

Suspenseful 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 questions emerge about her mysterious roommate. At the s
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 the local university. Suspicion wafted in the air an
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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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, Leah’s former roommate and friend invites her to accompa
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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, I really did like this novel. My rating is somewhere bet
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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 writing, strong character development and a convincing plot.
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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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 like a complete disaster because it was a decent st ...more
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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. But, I do have to say I have a bit of an expectation
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
fulfilling my 2019 goal to read (at least) one book each month that has been digitally moldering, unread, on my NOOK for years and years and years.

this book was very okay.

a few years back, i read this author’s backwardsy mystery novel, All the Missing Girls, which i thought was great fun and a rare instance of an author writing a gimmicky book that had more to offer beyond the gimmick itself. shortly after that, The Perfect Stranger turned up as one of those NOOK-sale dealies, so i figuratively
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: july-2017
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. Nothing happened in this book and I thought the
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.

A pocket watch, a garden gnome, a window peeper.
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
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 Boston under a cloud. Moving to western Pennsylvania wi
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
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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 can see her scenes played out on the big screen as
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
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 breadcrumbs that were thrown out sporadically. While I did
“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 eight years. Emmy is a bit of a loose cannon, to say the least.

Holly  B
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 roommate or the boyfriend or the student, and on and on. ...more
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I read this book over the summer and failed to review it. I now remember nothing about it. I even made 21 highlights to serve as reminders to myself . . . . . but nada. I’m telling you folks . . . .

Don’t underestimate the failures of the Old Lady Brain. I’m giving it three stars because I do remember I didn’t hate it and I know I read it in a day. After perusing my friends’ reviews, this appears to have been a mixed bag for them a
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 anew.All is going well until a woman who bears a un
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was just meh for me. I didn't love the execution of the plot which is a problem and didn't connect with the characters which is also not good. I felt like Megan Miranda had these plot points that she thought would make a good book and then she struggled with how to get from one to the other. Disappointing since I have liked her other books. This was probably a 2.5 but like honestly it wasn't that bad so 3⭐

Leah is a journalist who leaves the city to move in with her friend Emmy in an isolate
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 suggests that both girls relocate to Pennsylvania. Soo ...more
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 Emma... well, we don't know much about Emma and ne ...more
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 of creating a host of characters that all seemed to ...more
Liz Barnsley
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 behind her and embracing a new career in teaching, liv
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 stalk and harass her along with discovering a dead w
I admit that I really liked All the Missing Girls and was afraid this book just wouldn't live up to expectations. Well, I was wrong! For some reason this author has readers who either really like her or who really don't: I fall into the first category.

First let me say, however, that the one thing that drove me batty was the overwhelming number of times the protagonist talked about the window through which the stalker could watch her at night. Here's a clue: CURTAINS! Damn, get a sheet girlfrien
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
What an absolutely thrilling read. I cannot express adequately how much I enjoyed every last word of “The Perfect Stranger” by Megan Miranda and appreciate the way she kept me on the edge of my seat up until the very end of the novel. Leah Stevens is a wonderful protagonist because it’s easy to find a little of yourself in her. We get to know Leah slowly as the novel unfolds… she’s not easy to get to know… she’s been wounded and like Emmy… a much shiftier subject, she guards information close to ...more
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Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of ALL THE MISSING GIRLS, THE PERFECT STRANGER, THE LAST HOUSE GUEST, which was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection, and THE GIRL FROM WIDOW HILLS. She has also written several books for young adults, including COME FIND ME, FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST, and THE SAFEST LIES. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Caroli ...more

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