On my blog today I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on The Girl From Widow Hills which is the latest novel by Megan Miranda.
Everyone knows the story of the girl from widow hills…
When Arden Maynor was six years old, she was swept away in a terrifying storm and went missing for days. Against all odds, she was found alive, clinging to a storm drain. Fame followed, and so did fans, creeps and stalkers. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and left Widow Hills behind.
Twenty years later, Olivia, as she is now known, is plagued by night terrors. She often finds herself out of bed in the middle of the night, sometimes streets away from her home. Then one evening she jolts awake in her yard, with the corpse of a man at her feet.
The girl from Widow Hills is about to become the centre of the story, once again…
Megan Miranda is a new author to me. After hearing really good things about her most recent novel, The Girl from Widow Hills, I had to give it a try. This book is definitely deserving of all the praise it has been getting.
I’ve read quite a few thrillers which have featured unreliable narrators, but this book felt really fresh. Years ago, against all the odds, Arden Maynor survived after going missing during a storm when she was a young girl. She was found clinging desperately to a pipe. Arden suffers from sleepwalking, and this is how she went missing. But Arden Maynor hasn’t been that girl for a long time. Hoping for a fresh start, she changes her name to Olivia and moves away from the area where she grew up. But now her past is about to come back and haunt her. Olivia finds the body of the man who rescued her all those years earlier. But what was he doing outside her house after all this time?
I found this book to be really engaging and immersive. When Olivia finds the body of a man on her front doorstep, it isn’t clear to her, or even, those who know her, if she killed him. Olivia suffers from sleepwalking and has done since she was a child. When some people sleepwalk, they can turn violent, and they have no control over their actions. This is what made this such a chilling idea. It’s not clear as well who the man is, at first, who Olivia has found. There is a bombshell moment, though when Olivia realises who he is. This is what makes the book really creepy, as well. I had to know what happened to the man, and if Olivia was responsible for his death. You can see just how fearful she is of this. It made me wonder how she was going to be able to work out a story to tell the police.
I did struggle initially with the first few chapters, but once the discovery of the body was made, the tension really picked up, and I found this book to be hugely enjoyable. I found I had so many questions while I was reading this book which I wanted to have answered.
The final chapters are tense and exciting as the truths from Olivia’s past are laid bare. They are dark and hard-hitting, and I loved how everything was wrapped up in the finale. I had no idea how things were going to pan out for Olivia. The Girl from Widow Hills is a dark and addictive read. I’m looking forward to reading what Megan Miranda writes next.
Publication date: 6th August 2020
Print length: 336 pages
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