MYSTERY

The Girl from Widow Hills

S. & S. Jun. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9781501165429. $26.99. THRILLER
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Twenty years ago, Arden Maynor’s life dramatically changed. She was the six-year-old girl who went missing (while sleepwalking) for three days. Presumed dead after a flood, she was found, against all odds, clinging to a storm drain. The intense media attention threw her into the spotlight and enabled her mother to benefit financially. But after college, tired of the unwanted attention and wanting to put her past behind her, Arden changed her name to Olivia Meyer. She makes a new life for herself, becoming a hospital administrator. Now the 20th anniversary of her rescue is looming and Olivia feels like she’s being watched. Her sleepwalking habits return, and one night she wakes up and is standing over a dead body. Did she kill the man? If she didn’t, who did? Why doesn’t she remember anything about her childhood disappearance? And who is stalking her?
VERDICT This is a great whodunit, done well. Olivia/Arden narrates but Miranda (The Last House Guest) creatively uses media transcripts, newspaper reports, book excerpts, and voicemails to piece together her fragmented story that ends with a chilling twist. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]

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