From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest—a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick—comes 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. 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, 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 knows—from 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sudden viral fame can be disorienting enough—but in this heart-pounding psychological thriller, what comes afterward is downright terrifying. When Arden was just six years old, she captured the nation’s imagination by sleepwalking into a rainstorm and going missing for three days. Now, 20 years later, Arden is desperate to escape her survival-story fame; she’s changed her name to Olivia and moved cross-country. Unfortunately, she’s started sleepwalking again, and this time she’s found a dead body…of someone who knew her as a child. Author Megan Miranda masterfully weaves together fragments of Olivia’s memories and dreams with pulse-pounding plot twists, raising the stakes with each step of Olivia’s dark journey. And narrator Rebekkah Ross’ tone is casual enough to make Olivia’s terror feel even more gut-wrenching and relatable, yet strong enough to make every revelation hit like a lightning bolt. The Girl from Widow Hills is a chilling reminder that you can forget your past—but it won’t forget you.