My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“The Perfect Stranger” really is a great novel for a rainy weekend – full of suspense and, in its own way, ghosts. I loved it.
Leah Stevens has taken a job in a small Pennsylvania town on a whim, following her former best friend Emmy, after being forced to quit as a journalist in Boston. When a woman turns up badly beaten and Emmy disappears, things begin to get worse for Leah. It appears that Emmy wasn’t who she said she was. And she left nothing behind, meaning Leah may be on the hook for the strange happenings around town.
The author beautifully weaves a dark atmosphere, a deep feeling of waiting for the other show to drop. The novel has enough suspense and enough suspects to keep you confused and guessing throughout the whole thing. And since the question is, “What is real?” it’s even more confusing and thrilling. You can’t trust anyone.
The plot is complicated, but moves nicely and the author does a good job of explaining everything so that it’s not confusing.
I loved that Leah was flawed in her own way, because it added that extra layer of mystery. Reading he story, you can’t fully trust her, but you like her, too. She means so well, but she’s not perfect and, because of that, makes some mistakes. Big ones.
I thought the ending was really satisfying as well. It ties up everything while leaving just a little opening to debate the rights and wrongs of the choices each characters makes. I like that it made me think and kept me guessing all the way to the last pages.
I’ll definitely be picking up more from this author.