Published by Simon and Schuster on June 28th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Coming of Age, Contemporary Women
Also by this author: The Perfect Stranger
eARC provided by Simon & Schuster
Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.
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.
Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.
Am I a bit late to the party for this book? Maybe. It doesn’t really matter thought because ALL THE MISSING GIRLS is a bit timeless. It takes place in a small town 10 years ago, and then in current times.
A girl went missing 10 years ago. That’s not why Nicolette, (Nic), went back home. She went back home to help her brother fix the house she grew up in. Her mother is long dead, but her father is now living in a group home. Her father is out of money and they need to sell the house. Nic hates going home to the small town she grew up in. She has everything she needs in her current life with her affluent fiancé. It isn’t just that it is a small town, she had to get away from the fact that her best friend turned up missing and they never found her. She runs into her ex and his new girlfriend, and then the new girlfriend goes missing the very next day. What follows is Nic trying to put the pieces together of her shattered old life, and reconcile it to her new one.
I have to admit I didn’t connect with the protagonist, Nic, right away. It took me a few
days memories chapters to get used to her. None of the characters are perfect. Her dad was a lousy father who drank himself into a stupor after their mother died, leaving Nic and her brother to fend for themselves. He is now living in a rest home and suffering from dementia. Daniel, (Nic’s brother), a hard to read character, has been known to hit Nic from time to time. Her fiancé, Everette, is a lawyer so he is a bit ruthless. Tyler, Nic’s ex, is highly suspect in the new missing girl case, since he was the last person seen with her. It took me a while to figure out who everyone was and how they fit in with Nic.
This story is told backwards. Literally! It starts off with a with day 1 & 2 and then skips back to 15 days ago. As the story progress I found myself trying to retain details and rethinking about what happened the day before (which would have actually been the day after). This story had me thinking a lot and trying to piece everything together left me feeling less like an observer, and more like an active participant in the story.
There was a really dark undercurrent happening in this book. It starts with Nic getting the call from her brother, and ends with her confronting a detective. I felt unease reading this. I was compelled to find out what happened. Especially because it was written backwards. I felt like if on day 15 Nic still didn’t know what happened, how will this all play out? It was a little creepy, but it in a really good way. The suspense starts with a letter from her father. Nic’s father is the king of unreliable due to his mental condition. I was so eager to go with Nic to ask his father what the letter meant.
There were some flaws in the writing, but they are almost overshadowed by the scope of this story. I can see now there were some loose ends that never got explained.
The writing style and layout of this book is enough to make it an enjoyable read. The sketchy characters and mystery make this a compelling story. If you enjoy an adult suspense, this is definitely a book you should read.