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.
★★★★ 4 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★★
Do you ever read a book and have two completely different thoughts on that book at once? That's where I'm at with this. For most of this book, I was all like, I LOVE THIS BOOK. But then there were a small handful parts of this book where I was like, WTF seriously? COME ON! Well, that is me. Overall, I loved this book. However, there were a few parts that were so UUGGHHH, that I was rolling my eyes.
I'm not going to give you a book report like most of the early "reviews" have done. I'm going to give you a quick rundown of what I liked and didn't like about the book/characters. So here I go...
This, like the authors previous books, is a pretty unique take on reinventing oneself and hiding from one's past. The concept itself isn't new, but the story truly stands on its own as unique.
The characters in this one worked well for me. Some irked me, but they were supposed to, so I can't be mad about that. The interactions were believable and mostly realistic. I knew who most of the good and bad guys were. Mostly. This is a thriller and mystery. So obviously not everything is as it seems. I was in no way disappointed on the character front.
The flow of the book mostly breezes at a good pace. There are a few lulls that I could have done without. They were filler and completely unnecessary. Some were even eye roll worthy.
The twists and turns were mostly aha-moments. There were a few that were from left field, that left me shaking my head, but not deal breakers. For the most part, the twists in this story hit at just the right time and had me wanting to get to the end even more.
I think I had an inkling on some of the things that happened at the end, early on. However, I dismissed them. Early on, I glossed over them. I think that was the point though. So when isht got real, I had to shake my head at myself for overlooking some things I thought were insignificant.
There was one loose end that was never really tied up in the book. Many might not even notice it. Maybe we're supposed to assume that it was A or B (so to speak), but it's not explicitly covered in the book. It's been bothering me since it happened. I wanted to know. But now I don't know for sure.
Overall, this book is GOOD. If you're a fan of this author, you will certainly enjoy this one. If you haven't read this author, it will be a good introduction to her work.