All the Missing Girls

By Megan Miranda

Source: Received from the publisher via Edelweiss

Series: n/a

Received from the publisher via Edelweiss, for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Published by Simon & Schuster

My Rating: four-stars

All the Missing Girls

Cover image and summary from Goodreads:

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.

I feel like I say this all the time, but books that get comparisons to books like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train are so irresistible to me, even though I know it’s just a marketing ploy and usually gets my expectations up so high that no book can meet them. So when I saw that the synopsis for All the Missing Girls mentioned The Girl on the Train, I went in curious and excited but also kind of apprehensive.

The real fun of this book is in the structure, with the story being told in reverse. This definitely made the book a page-turner that I did not want to put down! And while I was able to guess at much of the truth, I definitely did not put all the pieces together, so I read the last few chapters breathlessly, eager to get to the bottom of it all.

Beyond that, I worry that anything else I say about the actual book would be spoiler-y.

I’ve got some of Megan Miranda’s YA books on my TBR list and this has me thinking I should pick one up to read soon! I really liked her writing and am impressed with the complexity of what she did here. A story told in reverse is bound to be somewhat confusing at times, but after I finished and thought back over all of the pieces, the way everything came together, I realized what a feat it is to write a story this way – especially because I found the ending quite satisfying.

This is definitely one of the best mystery/thrillers I’ve read this year. I enjoyed reading it so much. Highly recommended!

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