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The Girl from Widow Hills
The Girl from Widow Hills: A Novel | Megan Miranda
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guesta Reese Witherspoon Book Club pickcomes a riveting new novel of psychological suspense about a young woman plagued by night terrors after a childhood trauma who wakes one evening to find a corpse at her feet. 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. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Ardens mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye. Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. Shes managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like shes being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking outside her home. Until late one night she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knowsfrom her previous life, as Arden Maynor. And now, the girl from Widow Hills is about to become the center of the story, once again, in this propulsive page-turner from suspense master Megan Miranda.
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Monica5
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Mehso-so

Took me forever to finish this book. It didn't really keep my interest until the last 100 pages. Arden Moyner is the girl who survived. Now, as Olivia Meyer, on the 20th anniversary things are starting to happen, again. Can she trust anyone? What really happened 20 years ago?

😊 Happy Reading 😊

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I had mixed feelings about this one as well. 7mo
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Monica5
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I was the girl who survived.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

HiMyNames_Alyssa "I know you don't know me but please, please, please you have to help me" 7mo
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MartinaLove
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Currently reading 📖📚

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Madison91
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Pickpick

I just started this and then realized I‘d already read it, it was a good book but I guess not very memorable, I do love all her books though, and now I guess I have 2 of this one haha

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TheAromaofBooks
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Pickpick

A soft pick for me, this one is a slow burn yet has weirdly addictive writing. As a child, Olivia was swept into her town's drainage system while sleepwalking, yet managed to survive three days and was rescued, becoming a national story in the process. Years of being harassed and judged (she and her mother received a lot of money as a result of the rescue) has led her to change her name and try to escape the pressure of the past. But as the 20th⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) anniversary approaches, Olivia is finding it harder to maintain her anonymity - especially when someone from her past appears in her front yard... murdered.

The whole sleepwalking thing was kind of creepy; it's so scary to think that you can just get up and wander around doing things and not know it. I can't imagine how terrifying it would be to wake up someplace different from where you went to sleep! This added just the right amount ⬇
14mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) of unreliability to Olivia's account. The reason that it stayed a soft pick for me is that while the ending was mostly satisfying, I felt like a lot of the secondary characters were just kind of left hanging. I wanted more resolution with some of the other people I had come to know throughout the story. Still, a solid read, and I can see myself reading another of Miranda's books if it comes my way. 14mo
PuddleJumper Brilliant! 14mo
Clwojick Way to go! 14mo
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MyNamesParadise
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Pickpick

Finished listening to this one today! Out of all the Megan Miranda books I‘ve listened to, this one is my favorite. There was more suspense in the story from the beginning which I felt lacking in some of her other books. Olivia changed her name since she was rescued as a child to get away from all the press, but when a dead body from her previous life finds its way to her new life, the race is on to find who killed him. Could it have been her?

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allureofbeauty
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Eggbeater
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Pickpick

I liked how the main character slowly revealed her personality and her trauma. It made an outrageous story very believable. The ending had quite a twist! I would recommend this book if you like mystery/ thrillers.

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OriginalCyn620
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Pickpick

I‘m a fan of Miranda‘s books - they are very twisty, and so far, they have not disappointed. This one was no exception!

#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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Kris10H
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Panpan

⭐⭐
I struggled through this one. I almost bailed a few times, but kept thinking that, surely, it would get better. It did not. I found the main character/narrator repetitive and naive. The storyline, which hinged on a seemingly villain-less childhood trauma, just dragged on and on. The events that transpire, 20 years later, make no sense, even after the "big reveal" at the end.
Disappointing.

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AprilMae
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Thank you @Scochrane26 for the awesome #FFFS package! Unfortunately there was a lone chocolate that was in there that melted ALL over the popcorn packages (I just ate them tonight lol, so no worries) so that's why it wasn't pictured!!!
Thanks @Avanders for hosting!!

Scochrane26 Next time I‘ll get better candy. So sorry I missed that chocolate! 2y
AprilMae @Scochrane26 no worries! I laughed cause I first thought it was mud and I was gonna blame the mail person lol!! 2y
Avanders Oh no!! I‘m glad you were able to eat some of those goodies 😁😁 🧡🍁🍂🍁🍂🧡 2y
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tracey38
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Pickpick

Finished this book last weekend. I really enjoyed this book. It had some great twists and I didn't see the ending coming. I tend to enjoy this author and have just started her lated book. Sorry my review isn't great. Down with Covid this week isn't helping. At least it's milder than it could have been since I'm vaccinated.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This sounds good! I hope you‘re feeling better ❤️ 2y
tracey38 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks maybe a little, hard to tell. I'm a little depressed, too. About to snuggle in bed with her newest book til I fall asleep. ❤ 2y
AmyG Oh no! I hope you are better soon. Sending a “hug”. 2y
tracey38 @AmyG thanks, Amy! 2y
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dylanisreading
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Pickpick

What a well done thriller, a perfect summer read. I read it in one day. It's my first book by Megan Miranda, but it won't be my last.

The twists were impressive, as was how Miranda handled the issue of trauma's potential reverberations throughout one's life. I could see this making a good thriller movie or TV series.

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Bec_lectic
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Pickpick

This was a definite pick..I read it in two days and was surprised at the end. Good story line, good twist, and great way to fill a much needed lazy day!

#thriller #goodread

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Kgaudiuso
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Pickpick

This book was a quick and light read. It was interesting enough to keep me going and finish in a couple of days. I liked the plot of the book, but I feel like a few of the relationships in the book could have been elaborated and that the relationship between Olivia and Bennett should have been resolved in the end. That was my only disappointment. I say a good book for a rainy day!

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Lindsbooklover93
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Pickpick

I just finished the audio book The girl from Widow Hills. I couldn't stop listening to this book. I had to know what was going to happen next. This book was definitely slower than most murder mystery books. I still really enjoyed it. I gave it 4 stars on goodreads. #litsy #audiobook #booklover

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OutsmartYourShelf
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#12BooksOf2020 @Andrew65

I really enjoyed this thriller which had lots of twists & turns.

Andrew65 Looks a good choice. 3y
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alisiakae
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Pickpick

Happy “Challah” Days! 😜 #jewishhumor

Finished Megan Miranda‘s latest book, and it ties with All the Missing Girls as one of my favorites of hers. It got pretty twisty at the end, and I love when she leaves parts of an ending open to reader interpretation.

Bits 🤣 Nice. And now I want challah and applesauce and latkes! 3y
alisiakae @Bits 🤣 we had applesauce and latkes this weekend. Cook for hours, eat in minutes. 😜 3y
CoffeeK8 Oh love that mug, where‘d you get it? 3y
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alisiakae
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Trying to get back into some of my favorite weekly hashtags!

#weeklyforecast I had to pause my read of A Promised Land this week because life has been too busy, but hoping to make progress on it this week!

🤞🤞I have enough spare time to finish the tagged book today! I know Megan Miranda personally, so I might be biased, and I‘m loving her latest book! 🥰

Cinfhen Happy Chanukah 🕎 3y
alisiakae @Cinfhen thank you, and a happy Hanukkah to you! (edited) 3y
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alisiakae
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I have a full plate of #currentreads right now, so I decided to add on a plate of Italian cookies. 🤣

Blaire Happy Chanukah! 🕎 (they really need a more fun Chanukah emoji). 3y
alisiakae @Blaire yes, there definitely needs to be a better emoji! Like a dreidel, or a cuter menorah. 3y
AmyG What a beautiful menorah! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Hanukkah! 3y
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LeahBergen What a lovely menorah! 3y
Clare-Dragonfly Happy Hanukkah! 3y
CarolynM Happy Chanukah 3y
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Annabelle22
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Pickpick

This was my audio book for the start of the week. I enjoyed the way the story was told, I wanted to hear til the end to figure out what was happening. I loved the character development and if you‘re wanting a quick suspense read, I‘d recommend picking this one up!

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AudiobookingWithLeah
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Mehso-so

Between a So-So and a Pan.
Maybe it's time that I give up on Megan Miranda. I keep listening to her books thinking in my head...“ I really like this author“...but it turns out that I might be confusing her with Wendy Walker. This book is like most of her other books...kind of boring throughout with not enough pay-off at the end and/or one where the premise sounds interesting but the execution always leaves you wanting something more.

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GinaKButler
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Up next on 🎧!
#bookspinbingo

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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

Thanks for sharing! I will try and send this out on Monday. Sorry I‘m late by a few days. I liked this, but it was a bit of a slow burn for me. It felt like it took a really long time to get to anything. So glad I got to meet all the lovely ladies in my group this time 😊 #lmpbc

EadieB Nice to have read along with you too! 3y
Victoriahoperose @EH2018 @EadieB @Hazel2019 wasn‘t sure if my book was still out there or not or if it got lost in the mail or something? Haven‘t received it back yet and I‘m not sure where it was last. 😊 3y
EH2018 I still have Believe Me, sending it out asap!!! 3y
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Victoriahoperose @EH2018 no problem!!! Just wanted to make sure it didn‘t get lost 😊 3y
Victoriahoperose @EH2018 just checking. Did you send this? I haven‘t received it yet. 3y
EH2018 Yes! Sent media mail, may be a little slower tgan usual. I will look for the tracking #! 3y
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Jess7
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Mehso-so

Meh. The plot was ok, but the main character annoyed me. I didn‘t really connect with any of the characters and I found myself just wanting to get through this one. The twist at the end was good, though I figured it out prior to the reveal. I switched between the audiobook and the book, but listened to the story primarily. I‘m noticing others didn‘t like the audiobook, so maybe that was part of the problem for me too. #jpbookreview

paper.reveries Bummer! :( 3y
CarolynM Thinking of you. Hope treatment is going well💕 3y
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! I hope your treatment is coming along well and you have a Merry Christmas. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 3y
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rsteve388
Mehso-so

I wonder if I would have liked this book more had I read it, instead of listened to it as an audiobook. It was okay, not great had some interesting twists and turns to keep the reader engaged, but I didn't like the narrator and I thought the story overall was flat. I was surprised about the ending, but didn't really feel closure around this book. Meh. It was okay.

#TeamSlaughter
@Clwojick 15pts

Megabooks I usually like Megan, but I didn‘t love this either. 3y
Jess7 Same!! 3y
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WonderlandMind
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Pickpick

Finished this book in an afternoon. It was a wild ride from start to finish. There were so many twists and turns, that I had to keep reading to find out what happened next. I loved the moral ambiguity of the characters.

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rsteve388
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Just finished track 10 in the Audiobook, and it's not bad, once I slowed the book down to 1.0x instead of 1.25 it got better. The story moves and this won't be my favorite book by her but it isn't terrible either.

So far 3 stars. We'll see if my opinion changes.

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rsteve388

So I just started this as an audiobook and I don't think I like the narrator for this Audiobook. I mean she did a great job for The Last House Guest but I am.not sure she's the right narrator for this book in particular.

Hmm I'll give it up to the first 25% and then make a final decision about this Audiobook. Maybe I should have read this one.

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Godpants
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Mehso-so

I started out being super into this one, but it ended a little lack luster. Maybe one of you will enjoy it more.

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Lsmoore43
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Pickpick

Megan Miranda has written a story here that will leave you breathless. It grabs you and just doesn't let up until the very ending. Surprises at every turn.

Full review here: https://tinyurl.com/y3sqk2h8

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Twainy
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Pickpick

🎧 @Hazel2019 Thank you! Look what I just finished!! 🖤 TWISTS & TURNS! I read/listened to this straight through! The beginning was a little confusing but it quickly became an edge of your seat psychological thriller. A well written mystery.

A traumatized child grows up with no real knowledge of what happened during the 3 days she went missing when she was 6. She‘s running from a past that‘s unraveling in the present.

Fun book! 🎃 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/8

Hazel2019 Yay! Glad you enjoyed it ☺️ 3y
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Victoriahoperose
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Got my #lmpbc book for this month. So excited to read this!

EadieB Great! Enjoy! 3y
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Godpants
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I‘m wanting to get through my huge library pile, but I just want to read spooky books as soon as October hits. I hope this evokes some of those moods.

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MMFinck
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Here we go!

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Drnkpnkprincess
Pickpick

Quick little mystery with some good twists and turns, lies and a bit of death and deceit. Olivia has a secret in her past she doesn‘t want anyone to know. 20 yrs later it could all fall apart. Solid 4⭐️

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EH2018
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Sent this one off to you today @Victoriahoperose
#LMPBC @suvata

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Lmass23
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Perfect Sunday morning! Crisp fall air, Coffee and finishing a good book!

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ClairesReads
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Pickpick

A diverting weekend read. Miranda has the “complicated traumatised girl” mystery narrative pretty well sorted. As ever, this was an undemanding but compelling, effectively paced story. It was just what I needed.

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ClairesReads
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Sunny Saturday reads 😍

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TheMushroomForest
Pickpick

I have to say that I was delighted to love this book, as I was a touch disappointed with the end of Miranda‘s last book, The Last House Guest. I loved the characters, the setting and the plot, but the last few chapters let it down. The Girl From Widow Hills, however, kept its flow and manoeuvred it‘s way to a graceful and surprising finale. Highly recommended.

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EH2018
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EadieB @EH2018 Must be snail mail! (edited) 3y
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kitteh_reads
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Mehso-so

I have the same problem with each of her novels. The plot sounds so good but it doesn‘t take off until things are wrapping up. The chapters felt repetitive, continued to circled around the suspicious details 😒 and didn‘t start to follow up on them until after halfway through.

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EadieB
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#LMPBC #GroupT #Round9

@EH2018 Mailing this book to you along with another book from your TBR list. Hope you enjoy your books!

EH2018 Thank you @EadieB !! That's very generous of you! 4y
EadieB @EH2018 👍You're welcome! 4y
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EadieB
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Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye. Arden now goes by the name Olivia Meyer. 20 yrs. later, Olivia feels like she‘s being watched and begins sleepwalking again. She jolts awake in her yard one night. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows from her previous life, as Arden Maynor. 👇🏻

EadieB ☝🏻She is now once again the center of the story. This was a well-paced psychological thriller with several twists and turns and a surprise ending that I did not see coming. I would definitely read another book by her and I highly recommend this one. 4y
SilversReviews It sounds good. 4y
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KaylaD
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Pickpick

I can‘t say that I really loved this book!😕 it was hard for me to get into at first. But when I finally did (about half way) I really enjoyed it! Started to move definitely didn‘t see the ending tho!!🤯 I wouldn‘t say I loved this book but I can‘t say I hated it either!!

Vicki1109 My thoughts exactly! It was ok and I was surprised by the ending too, but I definitely enjoyed Megan Miranda's other books more than this one. 4y
KaylaD I don‘t believe I‘ve read any of her books and there was all the Hype 4y
KaylaD On this one so I was excited but didn‘t love it! Maybe I‘ll try her other books out!! 4y
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