Book Review: All The Missing Girls

All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

I NEED TO TALK TO YOU.  That girl. I saw that girl.

Tick-tock, Nic.


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.

As soon as I read the synopsis, I wanted to take this book home and read it.  I don’t really know if I would compare it to The Girl on the Train though.  This had more twists and turns, and a pretty good who dunnit factor.  Just when I thought I had it all figured out, I was sucked back in.

The stories people could weave from the few facts they had, the truths they pulled together from that box.  

They needed someone to blame.  Someone to vilify and put in a cell so they could feel safe again.  Someone to play the part, be the monster. 

The way Megan Miranda chose to write this book-in reverse chronological order-was very clever and made for an intense read.  I spent many nights before bed saying to myself, “just one more page.” But by the time I got to the end, here’s what I didn’t like:

•There were pieces of the puzzle that were missing. Details that were left out, that needed more explaining. At the end I found myself asking, “what the fuck just happened?”

•Because it was written in reverse, there were times I found myself confused and needing to backtrack.

I know I may have ended this a bit negatively, but these were just small hiccups.  Overall, this was a very enjoyable read.  One that will keep you guessing.

Genre: Fiction, Mystery/Thriller



Published: June 28, 2016


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