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Everyone knows the story of “the girl from Widow Hills.”

Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. T
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Hardcover, 325 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by Simon & Schuster
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I proudly announce that WE HAVE ANOTHER WINNER! This year there will be so much competition between smart, heart throbbing, mind bending, terrifying thrillers.

I have to admit the plot of the book excited me so much. A six years old sleepwalker girl leaves her house and she’s not found for 3 days. There is threatening rainstorm starts out there. Rescue workers, neighbors and large groups of search parties look for everywhere to bring her home back.
Then she miraculously found by Sean Coleman wit
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megs_bookrack
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
Arden Maynor hit the national news stream when she was just 6-years old.

While sleepwalking, she exited her house during a terrible storm and subsequently got swept away into the storm drain system of her town, Widow Hills.



Arden's mother reports her missing early the next morning when she notices her little girl is not in bed.

As the news spreads, the entire town of Widow Hills, and even neighboring towns, mobilize a search for the missing girl.



Three days later, a man helping with the search disc
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I enjoyed one of this author’s previous books, “All The Missing Girls” so I thought I’d give this one a try. I’m glad that I did. Although it started off a bit slowly, by 30 pages I was invested in the story.

Can you imagine having something so traumatic happen in your childhood that your memory has been completely blocked? That’s what happened to Arden Maynor. At six years of age she created quite a sensation in her small town of Widow Hills. She was kno
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MarilynW
What I came away with the most, from this book, was how the writing allowed me to feel so very uneasy, trapped, watched, in the same way the way the main character felt those things. Arden had been a six year old when she had sleepwalked one night, gotten caught in a rushing torrent during a rainstorm, and was found three days later, clinging to a grate in a sewer system. Only a miracle would have allowed this little girl to go through all of that and still be alive. The media attention was cons ...more
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
I actually enjoyed this one!

3.75 stars

The Girl from Widow Hills is a psychological thriller about a girl who became a sensation when she went missing as a child. 20 years later, the events from the past have come back to haunt her, causing her to question all that she thought she knew.


Olivia has worked hard to bury her past, including changing her name, moving around, and isolating herself from others. When she was six years old, her story captivated the nation. She was the little girl who we
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Virginie
May 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Always difficult to write a review that goes against the general appreciation, furthermore when I really appreciated another book from the same author!

So, my thoughts... I wasn't sure what to think of the premise, but I decided to trust Megan Miranda, since I really liked All the Missing Girls. Finally, the story of The Girl from Widow Hills wasn't interesting nor believable. Same for the characters... The pace was too slow (especially in the first third) and then I wasn't sure where the story
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Debra
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Everybody want to be a part of the story. Sell your words, your friends, your soul."

She was the girl who survived. Arden Olivia (Liv) Maynor was only six years old when she went outside while sleepwalking and was found in a storm drain three days later. No one knows how she survived in the drain, how she held on for so long and with such a bad arm injury. She has no memory from that time. Arden's mother wrote a book about their ordeal and fame followed. Fame, that Arden - who now goes by Ol
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Danielle
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
The synopsis of this book is right up my alley. A mystery, a murder, sleepwalking, spotty memory- all sounds thrilling. 🤗 Unfortunately, for me, this was a snoozer. It’s incredibly slow paced. Which doesn’t necessarily kill the book. But there was nothing shocking in it to me. 🙄 I couldn’t connect to any character. I just didn’t really care about the story. 😬
Liz
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I’ve really enjoyed Megan Miranda’s last three books, so I was happy to get an advance copy of this book. And she’s done it again - another five star book. It’s an interesting premise for a book. While sleepwalking, a six year old girl is swept away by a flood and is found alive three days later, clinging to a storm drain. As a young woman, she changed her name to escape the media attention. She’s even estranged from her mother, who capitalized on her daughter's experience. “The case made all of ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Bridgett
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
'I'm the girl who survived.'

Although this is Arden/Olivia's line, it should have been mine. This was not a terribly interesting story. Dare I say, I was a bit bored through ninety percent of the book.

Mildly atmospheric, yes, but even that felt diluted to me...just like the characters and the mystery itself. I was underwhelmed. Oh, and I figured nearly everything out before the halfway mark of the book. Meh.

May I also mention, as an RN who has worked at multiple hospitals around the country,
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Tina
This is a psychological thriller. I have to say that this one was really not from me. The pacing of this book was slow for me, and I really could not get into the characters. I found myself feeling like I missed something and reading back. I just did not care about the story or the characters at the end of the story. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher or author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (*)
Ceecee
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twenty years ago six year old Arden Maynor from Widow Hills, Kentucky was swept away during a bad storm, her mother Laurel believed she had been sleepwalking. Three days later, she was found underground and clinging to a drain cover by Sean Coleman. She was injured but alive. The media go wild and her mother spoke freely to them over the years which was quite lucrative. Fast forward twenty years and Arden has changed her name to Olivia Meyer, she’s working as a hospital administrator in Central ...more
Norma
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-requests
Twisty, mysterious, and intriguing!

THE GIRL FROM WIDOW HILLS by MEGAN MIRANDA is available now at your favourite bookstore!

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: An eye-catching, intriguing, relevant and beautiful cover with an embossed water drop design that is an excellent representation to storyline. I loved carrying this one around and holding it!
Title: The title immediately intrigued me and is a fitting representation to the storyline. I definitely needed to know all about and what the significance of the st
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ScrappyMags
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m officially a MM Fangirl ❤️. This was the perfect beach-read whiling-away-the-hours (that flew by), 1st summer book of the season.

Shortest Summary Ever: Arden Maynor was a little sleep-walking girl swept away in a flood. After 3 days she was rescued. Now she is 26 yr old Olivia Meyer - renamed and reinvented, moved away from the notoriety and small town fame that’s followed her her whole life. The problem is her former life seems to be following her. And then there’s the dead body and a conn
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Joey R.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars — “The Girl From Widow Hills” is the latest book by one of my favorite authors: Megan Miranda. It tells the story of Arden ( now known as Olivia) who 20 years ago became famous when she disappeared for three days and was miraculously rescued during a storm when a man saw her in the storm drain and rescued her. Now, 20 years later she becomes embroiled in controversy again when she discovers a dead body outside of her home while waking up from a sleep walking event. Far fetched? Why, ye ...more
Sheyla ✎


Olivia (Arden Maynor) suffered a traumatic event when she was only six years of age. She was trapped during a rainstorm for three days before she was found and rescued.

Since those days, everyone has wanted a piece of Liv's story through her childhood, teenage years and young adulthood. To start over, after college, she changed her name. She moved and currently she works in the administration office of a hospital.

Her childhood marked her. She doesn't like closed-in spaces. She remains leery
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Carole
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
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. Th ...more
Lori Lamothe
4.5 stars.

Okay, first things first. One of the stranger things about reading this novel was that I started out having an oddly similar experience to the main character, which is not to say I sleepwalk or that I got swept into a drainage system during a freak storm. But every time Olivia walks into a room she gets a rush of deja vu – as if people she knows she's just met are somehow familiar from another time and place. And during the early chapters of The Girl from Widow Hills I kept getting th
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Sep 21, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF about 2 hours into the audiobook: I wasn't hating this, but it wasn't really grabbing my attention and I didn't want to keep my hold of the audiobook from my library for too long because I had a long list of people waiting behind me. Will possibly return to this someday! ...more
Erin Clemence
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication date: June 23, 2020

When Arden Maynor was six years old, she disappeared in the middle of the night and ended up in a storm drain, after being swept away by a torrential storm. Now, twenty years later, Arden is in a new town, with a new name, trying to start over. When she stumbles across the dead body of a man on her property, she soon become
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Carrie
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Girl from Widow Hills is another psychological thriller by author Megan Miranda with whom I’ve had some up and down reactions to before in the past. Having really enjoyed a few of hers though I just knew I had to check out this latest.

Arden Maynor is that girl from Widow Hills, the girl that as a child of only six years old she turned up missing from her home one night leading to a huge search. Arden had a habit of sleepwalking and one night she walked right out into a huge storm and couldn’
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Julie (JuJu)
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, arcs
The characters and setting constructed an exciting and mysterious thriller, with a shocking ending!

Arden is exploited by her mother, for financial gain, after a traumatic childhood incident. Megan Miranda wrote an entertaining story, full of surprises with an unexpected ending!

The sleepwalking aspect hit close to home. I was a SW as a young child, as was my son. I remember waking in the middle of the night, to the sound of my 6-year-old roaming around. When I went to check it out, he was almost
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Linda
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
When your old way of being is being compromised......reinvent yourself.

Olivia Meyer shed the skin of her past and donned a new one. Memories of her childhood were scratching from the inside and causing unspeakable emotional pain. She's no longer the six year old Arden Maynor from Widow Hills, Kentucky. That little girl was swept away in a drainage pipe during a terrible storm. She was missing for three days until she was found clinging to a grate for dear life.

The story of Arden made the news fa
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Tammie
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
The Girl from Widow Hills, a mystery/thriller, was a solid 4 star read. The book centers around Arden Maynor, who as a child was swept away during a storm (due to sleepwalking) and was found days later against all odds. The incident and her mother’s new book on the subject, thrusted Arden into an unwanted spotlight-so much so that Arden changed her name to Olivia and avoided all public attention. Years later, Olivia is living a normal life when she begins to feel like she’s being watched-with th ...more
Michelle
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was ok
“We are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 6 year old Arden Maynor who has been missing since either late last night or early this morning: Brown Hair, Brown Eyes, 3’6” and approximately 38 lbs... She was last seen in her bedroom wearing blue pajamas...” - October 17, 2000 Captain Morgan Howard Widow Hills Police Department.

It was three full days before she was rescued and then suddenly, out of pure luck while walking down the street to his parked vehicle, Sean Coleman saw her hand p
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Katie (never.ending.reading.list)
I love Megan Miranda's thrillers!
I read this one in one day, couldn't wait to figure out the ending.

Arden is the girl from Widow Hills. As a child she was swept away in a storm and rescued days later from a storm drain. Everyone saw her as a survivor and her story was everywhere.

Two decades later, she's over the attention - changed her name to Olivia and is trying to put her past behind her. When a body ends up in her yard, her life starts to unravel and she learns the truth of what happened a
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Tina
I have to be honest in saying that this book was not much of a thriller for me. I guess the premise was eye-catching but the story was very slow and unbelievable.

There are plenty of higher ratings for this book but I guess it was just not for me. I pushed myself to finish it in hopes that the ending would redeem itself. It really did not.

I'd like to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for granting me access to this Advance Reader's Copy.
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Jen
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this winding twisted story of the life of Arden/Olivia. When Arden was just a little girl, she was swept away in a storm that caused flash flooding, she was then miraculously found alive, an event that quickly surrounded her life with a media frenzy. As a adult, she has left that existence behind and become Olivia, living a different kind of life, working in a hospital, far away from the one of her youth.

But now, is her past infiltrating her new present? She is sleepwalking again, ther
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Susan
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Megan Miranda!

As a writer I mean. And in the best possible way.

Since reading All the Missing Girls, I’ve anticipated each new release and rearranged time to savor them. More than mere mysteries, her books have an ethereal quality supplicating me to read slowly as I want to catch every word.

The Girl From Widow Hills is no exception. It was another great read!

Rescued twenty years earlier, Arden sleepwalks and doesn’t remember pieces of her past. She thinks she’s being followed. Again. Who
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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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