I received this book for free from Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Published by Simon & Schuster on June 28th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Mystery
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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.
Nicolette Farrel left home after her best friend went missing to try and get way from her past. Ten years later she comes home to help with her father who is struggling with dementia when another girl goes missing. The two disappearances seem to be somewhat related. We go backwards from day 15 to when the latest girl went missing to unravel the mystery.
When I saw this was told backwards I wasn’t exactly sure what the meant and was afraid it would read really gimmicky. I was pleasantly surprised at how it was all set up, flowed and unravelled. It wasn’t gimmicky at all and I loved how looking at it backwards helped to slowly leak bits of information out and help to build towards the end.
As for the characters, they were all somewhat unlikable and flawed and still really intriguing. Nic was someone who got out of the town after the disappearance of her best friend and built a new life in Philadelphia and was now engaged. She clearly wanted to keep those two worlds separate and not be home for long. But when she was home lots of her old life came back including old friends, her brother and her ex-boyfriend. Tyler, her ex, was probably my favourite character. There was something sweet and vulnerable about him. Still, I had no idea if he was involved in either of the disappearances or if he could be trusted. Her brother was probably my least favorite. I really felt like I couldn’t trust him at all. I honestly wasn’t sure about any of them until the end.
Overall, I thought this was a really smart book, with an intriguing mystery that had me turning the pages and kept me guessing until the very end. Speaking of the ending, I will say I was pretty impressed with how it wrapped up. I thought it all made sense while still being somewhat of a surprise to me. I honestly couldn’t ask for more in a book.