The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda, 2018
Arden Maynor, aka Olivia
The Plot (from the publisher):
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, someone found her, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s 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. She’s 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 she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, as she did long ago, even walking outside her home. Until late one night, she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.
I’ve never met a Megan Miranda book I didn’t like. The Girl From Widow Hills is fast-paced and entertaining, and the ending is not predictable. It gave me the perfect October chills–nothing creepier than a too-big empty house!
I really enjoyed Olivia’s character. She wasn’t the helpless female protagonist that we see all too often in thrillers; she was smart, resourceful, and resilient.
I definitely recommend this one for your spooky October TBR!