Olivia (Liv) Meyer is a hospital administrator working in Central Valley, North Carolina, living a quiet and peaceful life. However, she’d once been Arden Olivia Maynor, famous for being the girl from Widow Hills who for three days was lost in drainage system after a storm when she was six-years old. She’d changed her name following the ten-year anniversary of the event because of the resurrected notoriety. Now as the twentieth year milestone approaches, things are starting to happen that threaten to expose her true identity and destroy the peaceful existence she’s managed to find.
I highly recommend you hang in there with this story. The beginning didn’t immediately grab me and there were times I questioned what the point of it all was and where it was going. But then everything shifted. Something happened that thrust Liv’s past into the present and I realized that all that came earlier had subtly laid a pretty firm foundation for what was coming next. Arden’s story was slowly revealed through news transcripts, which had me reshaping what I believed to be the facts of that terrible event. The people in Liv’s life, past and present, became potential suspects in something I also felt hard to define.
I opted for the audio version and the narrator effectively portrayed Liv’s insecurity and sense of unease throughout the story. Even though there were other important characters, the primary distinction was Liv Meyer and she did a great job of capturing her essence.
This was a creepy story, partly because I wasn’t always sure of Liv being a reliable narrator. The setting also adds to that unease as she lives on a property that’s in a remote part of the town. I thought I knew who the true suspect was but the story took a fantastic turn I never ever imagined. This ended up being a compelling story that also shed insight into the uglier side of fame for victims who survive traumatic events and become the nationwide focus of a town’s rescue. We walk away thinking life going forward has to be precious for that survivor but I’d never thought of the downside. The author provided a perspective I found enlightening and informative while giving us a great mystery with a ton of red herrings.
- Release Date: June 23, 2020
- Narrator: Rebekkah Ross
- Audio Length: 9 hours, 57 minutes
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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(Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)