All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

All the Missing Girls

Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Pages: 368

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

REVIEW: This is a mind bender. The looping of this novel, back, then forward, then the present then all backwards day by day. It takes a few pages to get into this book, but once it gets going there is no stopping. It seems a bit chaotic to have the story move around this way, but as the reading continues, it begins to make more and more sense. Every character in here ties right back to each other, even when one has chosen to live at a far distance from the town they all grew up in, and even having lived separate lives, they all become intertwined.

There are new relationships that become strained by old ones that resurface. A missing engagement ring that might be a sign that things were meant to be broken. Feelings that were never gone, just hidden by all the secrets from the past. Two very damaged people that realize they should have never left each others side in the first place. The focus should be on the two missing girls, but comprises equally between this complicated relationship. In the midst of all of it the question lingers… Will they find peace in everything that has transpired and give themselves a second chance?

And this tangled adventure continues. Nic’s dad is getting worse as the days pass, not willing to sell his house, which needs to be done soon. Confusing others for his daughter and letting it slip that he has seen the missing girl from this time around… or has he really? The cops get involved with all of them once again, because they needed more nerve-wrecking moments in their lives. Her dad might just be a big part of everything going on and they might not ever figure that out with him forgetting his past and present.

There is so much that is compelling here. With every page, the truth gets closer to the surface, but then the mind becomes agitated and irritated with all the backwards chapters and referencing of past moments from ten years ago. Then I find that I am captivated once again and enthralled by all the insane speculations going on and how much closer to the truth we get. It’s a love hate relationship between the set up of these pages, but I enjoyed the read more than the annoyance I obtained from the turnarounds.

Go into this novel expecting all this and more. And being able to appreciate the variance and creative styles of Megan Miranda in All The Missing Girls. That’s what I look for in my reads and this book delivered just that.  

***I received this copy from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***

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