Well, Megan Miranda, you did it. You wrote a mystery book from every angle and created a tale that kept me entranced.

This novel follows Leah, a journalist running from a story that went wrong in Boston, and found the perfect place to go to when her former roommate Emmy turns up in a bar just when she needs her two. Leah now works as a school teacher, but as a mysterious girl turns up beaten looking suspiciously like Leah, questions start to be asked.

And Emmy is missing.

This novel, again, follows Miranda’s style from All the Missing Girls in that this is a somewhat linear story, that jumps back to a few past states. Miranda doesn’t give is all the information at once, or even when we want it, but when Leah thinks about it. As Leah comes to understand things, so do we.

The way this novel is written, it isn’t for everyone. This is reminiscent of the early 20th century style of writing. Nonlinear and a lot of reading between the lines. Everything isn’t spelled out for you.

But I really liked it. If you enjoy mysteries, this is the book for you. Sincerely.

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11 thoughts on “The Perfect Stranger: A Book Review

      • Okay, I’m ready to discuss Gray Wolf Island. But, actually, not really. Here’s my confession: I struggle with some YA fiction, and I’ve yet to find a first-person present-tense narrator that I enjoy. So, I did start it, but only read the first few chapters. Since those storytelling methods don’t jive with me, I dropped it back off at the library today. Sad, I know, but there it is.
        But now I’m curious, since you were worried I wouldn’t enjoy that book, if there’s one that you think I’d be more likely to enjoy? If you recommend it, and it’s at my library, I’ll check it out and give it a try. Could be fun! Just let me know what the next recommendation is.

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    • Have you read Way of the Shadows by Brent Weeks? That is a high fantasy novel. Otherwise a Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving is a classic. If you want to give YA another go: Bad Blood by Debra Doyle (this was written in the early 90s and is a very short read), or Blood Ties (you might also find the Casting Trilogy as this is the first in that series) by Pamela Freeman. Alright, I don’t know if that last one is YA or not.

      The first is high fantasy, but a very modern and fast moving one that sees a boy become a man and how everything is always changing. The second follows a boy who’s best friend is one of the oddest fellows who has seen his own death. The third follows a girl who, on a camping weekend, is attached by a werewolf. The final is an epic that follows a world where invaders have all but destroyed the original inhabitants of a world, and something dark and sinister is on the rise. This last one, as far as I know, isn’t well known, but reminds me so much of imperial Europe and how this happened over and over again with those people.

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  1. Debra Doyle’s book isn’t at my library, but I discovered that I’ve read something by her before, and quite enjoyed it! A pity, as I’ve never read a werewolf story before.
    Since Way of Shadows was first on the list, I’ll try that one first. They all sound pretty good, though! I’ll let you know my thoughts once I have any.

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      • Or I can provide a list. Honestly, I have been thinking of making a page on here for specific books like that. I might be able to squeeze that in tonight. I can even rank them, because I am certain some of the good ones your local library will have because they are fairly popular.

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