The Perfect Stranger

S. & S. Apr. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781501107993. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501108013. F
Eight years ago, when journalist Leah needed a place to stay, Emmy was her salvation—a friend who took her in, listened to her, and defended her. It was a strong friendship based on trust and support—or so Leah thought. Now, when they both need a fresh start, their paths cross again. From this serendipitous meeting, the two friends decide to move to rural Pennsylvania to reconnect and renew. Then a local woman is attacked at the lake, Emmy goes missing, and all of Leah's journalistic instincts go into overdrive. As she and handsome detective Kyle Donovan start to uncover clues, it seems as if Emmy isn't who she said she was. Does she even exist? With her own past now being questioned, Leah is put on the defense and has to find Emmy in order to clear herself.
VERDICT YA author Miranda, who moved into the adult market with All the Missing Girls, proves she isn't a one-hit wonder with this exciting thriller. Its twisty tale with many layers—a little romance, great writing, and an awesome story line—will keep psychological suspense fans turning the pages.[See Prepub Alert, 11/26/16.]
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