ALL THE MISSING GIRLS by Megan Miranda
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
RELEASED: June 28, 2016
GENRE: Detective, Coming of Age, Women’s Fiction, Mystery
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.
Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger. She has also written several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Her latest book for young adults, Fragments of the Lost , was published in November, 2017.
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It started with a phone call, deceptively simple and easy to ignore. The buzzing on Everett’s nightstand, the glow of the display-too bright in the bedroom he kept so dark, with the light-blocking shades pulled to the sill and the tinted windows a second line of defense against the glare of the sun and the city. Seeing the name, hitting the mute, turning my phone face down beside the clock. But then. Lying awake, wondering why my brother would call so early on a Sunday. Running through the possibilities: Dad; the baby; Laura. I felt my way through the dark, my hands brushing the sharp corners of furniture until I found the light switch in the bathroom. My bare feet pressed into the cold tile floor as I sat on the toilet lid with the phone held to my ear, goose bumps forming on my legs.
In a small town where everyone knows everyone else, can someone really get away with murder? Miranda has an interesting story, filled with deception and mystery. What you think that you know can be changed in a heartbeat, leaving readers with a sense of intrigue and a need to finish the story to its end. A story told backwards from the disappearance of another girl is quite an unorthodox way to share a story, but Miranda nails it.
Nicolette has been away from her hometown for ten years and for good reason too. After the disappearance of her best friend, she didn’t want anything to do with getting caught up in the same gossip and never-ending drama that seems to linger in the air. When her brother calls to inform her of their dad’s condition worsening, she decides that it is finally time to head back. With a fiance and a new life, she knows that should hold her steady through the rough water that she is about to wade into. Upon arrival, the death of her best friend seems to be just as fresh as the day that it happened and it is suffocating. She can’t pretend like it didn’t happen and no one else can do anything, but look for the person responsible. Will this case take away everything that she has built up for the last ten years? Can she uncover what happened to her best friend all those years ago after looking at it again with fresh eyes? Can the murderer be closer to home than she realizes?
Miranda has a beautiful thriller, one with creativity, originality and superb character development. If you are a sucker for a plot twist, this will draw you in and keep you guessing to who the real perpetrator is. Is it family? Is it a friend? Is it a stranger? The pace is great, allowing the reader to capture scenes vividly and without interruption. Since this was an audiobook that was purchased, the flow of the story was relayed very well and the story seems to be well-written in order to flow as well as it does. Ross is virtually impeccable with her audio relay talent. This narrator makes the story come to life, more so than imagery that the readers can come up with through description alone. The only quip that may make the reader feel misled is the title of the book, if they judge a book by its cover. The phrase “all of the missing girls” would entail a vast amount of missing girls, but this wasn’t the case. If you are a reader of thrillers, mysteries, and psychological crime fiction, you may be interested in picking up this book for a read.
A copy of this book was purchased by Turning Another Page. We provide a four-star rating for All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda.