Hello and welcome to my stop of the The Girl From Widow Hills Random Things Tours blog tour! A huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. I’ve been a fan of Megan Miranda‘s psychological thrillers ever since I read All The Missing Girls back in 2016, and I was stoked to have the opportunity to read her newest´story early. It’s without doubt another solid read! Want to know why? Please join me while I share my thoughts…
“A story about you doesn’t necessarily belong to you. It belongs to the writer. To the witness. To the teller.”
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
I’ve been a fan of Megan Miranda‘s psychological thrillers ever since I read All The Missing Girls back in 2016. I’m always looking forward to new titles and I added The Girl From Widow Hills to my most anticipated 2020 releases list as soon as I first heard about it. I was stoked when I received the blog tour invitation and jumped at the chance to read this story early… And it turned out to be yet another successful psychological thriller read.
The first thing that stands out in The Girl From Widow Hills is the plot. I really liked the structure of the plot, where the present storyline with Olivia is interrupted by flashbacks to 2000 to help us learn more about what happened to her back then. They are not ordinary flashback chapters, but instead transcripts of different interviews, 911 calls and even excerpts from the book her mother had written after the event. This definitely livens up the plot and I liked how they contributed to the story as a whole. It was fascinating to slowly learn more about the past as well as trying to understand how such event and the media attention both during and after can change someone’s life forever… Let’s just say that I can understand why Olivia changed her name and wanted a fresh start.
The writing is without doubt engaging and I was drawn in as soon as I started reading The Girl From Widow Hills. While I do have to confess that the pace and the story itself can be a tad slow in parts and takes a long time building up, it was the final part of this story that mostly made up for that. The slow building up of suspense and the mystery around the past as well as the present murder investigation make you wonder what secrets people are hiding and how to distinguish the truth from the lies. The plot twists are inserted in convenient places to help ensnare you and keep you on the wrong track… And I most definitely didn’t see that ending coming!
As for the characters… Olivia herself is an intriguing character and while not completely likeable, both her past and her current situation manage to draw you straight in and you can’t help but feel sympathy for her after everything she endured both in 2000 and the years after. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be hunted and basically bullied by the press as well as other people who think that they have a claim over you… Thinking about it alone already gives me the chills. It was interesting to see her character as well as her past developed as the plot evolved and there were quite a few things I didn’t see coming. The other characters are a bit of a mixed bunch, but I like the role most of them played in the plot (the most prominent exception probably being Jonah) and it was interesting to see the dynamics between the different characters as well.
In short, if you enjoy a well written, slower paced and mostly character driven psychological thriller with an explosive ending, The Girl From Widow Hills is without doubt an excellent choice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Megan Miranda is the author of All The Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger, and The Last House Guest, which was the August 2019 Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine pick. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter and Instagram, or @AuthorMeganMiranda on Facebook.