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.
4 Out Of 5 Stars
Genre: Mystery, Suspense--
Ten years ago, 18 year old Nic's best friend vanished. When nobody knew what happened to her, a police investigation occurred, throwing doubt on everywhere and everyone was a suspect. Nic took off, leaving her past behind to make something new for herself. But now she has to go back home to help sell their family home. Now that she is back, another girl goes missing causing past demons (or in the words of her brother Dan-Monsters) to come out again.
I am a huge Megan Miranda fan and when I saw that she was writing an adult mystery I knew I had to read it too. I am glad to say that I was not let down, all the mystery and confusion of her teen books transferred smoothly to an adult world, which is so much more complicated. This review will be short because I don't want to accidentally reveal a spoiler because that might ruin the build of the story.
I absolutely loved how the book was told, in reverse of how the events occurred, so the reader is trying to make sense of the story backwards until we arrive back at the beginning and the whole mess is laid out. I was kept on my toes the entire time, trying to force pieces together, sure I knew the truth until another chapter/day would reveal that I knew nothing. Everyone has secrets, and some of them are not pretty, and everyone is a suspect.
Everything that I love about the author was here, her engaging writing and fast pacing, the new story twists and unsuspecting outcomes, the fact I can't ever put her books down. I am a huge fan and I can't wait to read more form her, be it teen or adult.