Book Title: All the Missing Girls
Author: Megan Miranda
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Fiction
Date Read: 03/23/16
Pub Date: 06/28/16
It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.
The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.
Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.
Thank you Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Wow! Super twisty and held my attention from the first to last page. I wasn’t expecting the ending and was extremely impressed with the way the story was told in reverse; a difficult feat that was pulled off nicely. Very satisfying and suspense filled read!
Nicolette “Nic” Farrell has returned home to help fix up her and brother Daniel’s family home. Their father has dementia and they need the money to pay for his care at Grand Pines Assisted Living Home. Nic has made a life for herself in Pennsylvania after leaving her hometown of Cooley Ridge 10 years earlier following the disappearance of best friend Corinne Prescott. Shortly after returning home, another girl from childhood named Annaleise Carter disappears and the town is whipped into a frenzy again while searching for answers in the present and past.
As I said above, I think what pushed this into 5 star territory for me was the structure of this story. After the initial chapter is set up, we jump ahead 15 days and go backwards from there to find out what has happened in these missing two weeks. This was executed flawlessly IMO and made this a truly unique read, as I’ve not had this reading experience before.
The characters were fairly well developed but for a good half of the book most are kept at arms length as to not give too much away early on. Everyone has something to hide in this story; I had fun trying to determine who was a part of what part (present and past).
The flow of the story was continuous and I truly did not want to put this down as it was an addicting read. I honestly am confused as to why this book is marketed as “the next Gone Girl” when the storyline was completely different, the structure was completely different, everything was completely different. Please don’t let that stop you from reading this if you are as tired of the “Gone Girl comparison mania” as I am! I enjoyed this one far more.
This book is being marketed as Simon and Schuster’s top adult debut of the year and I can see why. I highly recommend to anyone who is a lover of mystery and suspense novels. This will definitely be one of my top books of the year.