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Book Review: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

This book will have you searching the pages for the next piece of information to cling to for some clarity. I couldn’t put this down because I had to know what happened to all the missing girls.

 

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

23212667Like 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.

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The small town of Cooley Ridge holds many secrets within the woods, caverns and the river. I love books about people within a close knit town. I love the rumors and lies, and the truths that are only known to a select few. The people in this type town aren’t trapped there, but choose to remain in that world because it is theirs.

“People were like Russian nesting dolls – versions stacked inside the latest edition. But they all still lived inside, unchanged, just out of sight.”

The last two books I’ve read have boasted to be like Girl on the Train. I’m tired of the comparison. Just because something is suspenseful doesn’t mean it’s anything like Girl on the Train. I’m not saying this to be negative towards this book because I really liked it, even more than Girl on the Train. It’s just annoying to see every book being compared to something that it is nothing like, short of being a suspenseful novel. #rantover hehe.

“I feel like the whole world is off balance. Like I’m losing my shit. Like there’s this cliff and I don’t even realize I’m on the edge.”

I’ve never read a book in reverse before and I wasn’t really sure how it would turn out, but it worked well. I found myself trying to remember everything she said because it would probably show up in the day before and start to make more sense. This was such a unique way to tell this story. I loved the way I was trying to piece everything together since it has already happened. I’m usually very good at figuring out twists or who did it, but this book had me wondering around every turn what was coming out next. I couldn’t wait for the next piece I could hang on to for some clarity. All of the characters are unreliable.

“We were a town full of fear, searching for answers. But we were also a town full of liars.”

I kind of wonder if she wrote the book just normally at first and then thought to herself “you know what would really be cool? If I just flipped all the chapters in reverse.” I feel like it would be much harder to write it in reverse from the start. Trying to remember and think out each event. It’s a great concept that was thought out very well.

“The house felt different. Unsafe, unknown, too many possibilities existing all at once. Too many voices whispered back at me from the walls.”

This book was super cool. I didn’t know what to expect when the truth started unraveling. I was trying to remember all the details that didn’t make sense at the beginning of the book. Everything was starting to come together and it fit perfectly. I want to do a re-read and start with day one and go to day fourteen and see if it is as good told from the beginning instead of the end. I think I will pick up so much more that I missed after reading it that way. I’m glad I read this because it was honestly so much fun. Thanks, Netgalley!

 

What did y’all think about this book?

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