Such A Quiet Place by Megan Miranda

Such A Quiet Place by Megan Miranda

Thank you to Simon and Shuster for sending me a free copy of Such A Quiet Place in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis:

We had no warning that she’d come back.​

Hollow’s Edge used to be a quiet place. A private and idyllic neighborhood where neighbors dropped in on neighbors, celebrated graduation and holiday parties together, and looked out for one another. But then came the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett. A year and a half later, Hollow’s Edge is simmering. The residents are trapped, unable to sell their homes, confronted daily by the empty Truett house, and suffocated by their trial testimonies that implicated one of their own. Ruby Fletcher. And now, Ruby’s back.

With her conviction overturned, Ruby waltzes right back to Hollow’s Edge, and into the home she once shared with Harper Nash. Harper, five years older, has always treated Ruby like a wayward younger sister. But now she’s terrified. What possible good could come of Ruby returning to the scene of the crime? And how can she possibly turn her away, when she knows Ruby has nowhere to go?

Within days, suspicion spreads like a virus across Hollow’s Edge. It’s increasingly clear that not everyone told the truth about the night of the Truett’s murders. And when Harper begins receiving threatening notes, she realizes she has to uncover the truth before someone else becomes the killer’s next victim.

Pulsating with suspense and with the shocking twists that are Megan Miranda’s trademark, Such a Quiet Place is Megan Miranda’s best novel yet—a twisty locked-box thriller that will keep you turning pages late into the night.


My Review:

This is a book for anyone who has ever regretted living in a neighborhood with an HOA!  Such A Quiet Place starts out just like it’s title suggests: A safe and quiet neighborhood, where the neighbors are all friends and look out for each other.  When two of their own are murdered in their beds, and another is convicted of killing them, it seems as if justice has been served and they can go back to their safe and quiet life.  However, with secret notes and surveillance camera galore, the integrity of each neighbor is put under a microscope and you guessed it: things are not what they seemed! 

I enjoyed this one over all, but it was a slow burn and at times a little too slow for me. I can definitely picture this one being a nice and lazy summer beach read.  It’s not suspenseful enough so that you can’t put it down, but it’s easy to slip back into it after a little break, or nap in the sun. I was a little confused at the beginning, as the main problem wasn’t really apparent and it did take too long for it to get there, in my opinion.  But I did like the take on the ever present HOA rules, spinning something many people miserably deal every day with into something much more sinister. Overall a fun, easy thriller, but not one that will stick with you.

The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

D209F495-2755-4281-92C8-76EEBFB145B7Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a free copy of The Girl From Widow Hills in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

Megan Miranda really knows how to do the slow burn thriller! The Girl From Widow Hills is full of smoldering mystery.  From the main character’s past, to the shady people in her present, I was guessing until the end on this one. So many shadows were cast, and I did have my suspicions, but the ending unfolded well.

Don’t expect a fast paced suspense novel with The Girl from Widow Hills, but be prepared for mystery and intrigue.  This was the prefect entertaining read for a long weekend (I read it over Memorial Day weekend!) I loved the build up of Olivia’s past with news articles and transcripts, and the way it wove into what was happening to her in the present.  Another plus: short chapters!  Irrelevant, I know, but I like that! Overall, a good, entertaining thriller!

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

578DDDC0-4D1E-4AE7-8D9B-FB261B433B1BThank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a free copy of The Last House Guest in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

This book might just be the perfect summer read for mystery and suspense lovers.  If you have followed my reviews for a while, you know that a great setting is one of my most favorite things in a good book. The Last House Guest takes place on the rocky cliffs of Maine, overlooking the ocean. Miranda used that setting to create such an unsettling atmosphere and I enjoyed her landscape descriptions throughout the novel.

The characters: Avery, a simple girl from modest upbringing, is the black sheep among the crowd of wealthy summer-home-by-the-ocean crowd she has fallen into. I found Avery to be very relatable, yet all of the snobby people she hung out with as the love to hate  variety. Their snarkiness and cruelty made them all easy suspects for the crime at hand.

Taking place at a party on the last day of summer and alternating with the summer after, Avery looks back at what everyone thought was an accident and starts to piece to together what is beginning to look like a lot more like a crime. The setting, the characters, the party all made for a very atmospheric (and summery) suspense novel.  It did start off a little slowly but after the halfway point I couldn’t put it down. I recommend this one for suspense lovers and anyone else who is looking for a little more excitement in their beachy reads!  I rate this one 4 out of 5 stars.