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All the Missing Girls

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by Megan Miranda
 

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A masterful psychological suspense debut about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse. “All the Missing Girls is set to become one of the best books of 2016” (Los Angeles Review of Books).

Twenty-eight-year-old Nicolette Farrell returns to Cooley Ridge, North Carolina, ten years after her best

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A masterful psychological suspense debut about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse. “All the Missing Girls is set to become one of the best books of 2016” (Los Angeles Review of Books).

Twenty-eight-year-old Nicolette Farrell returns to Cooley Ridge, North Carolina, ten years after her best friend Corinne disappeared without a trace. Nic plans to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, but she is soon plunged into a new drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds that have not healed.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since, 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. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Hailed “Hitchcockian” by The New York Times Book Review, All the Missing Girls is told backwards—from the time Annaleise goes missing prompting Nic to unravel the truth about what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago. With plenty of twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves you wondering just how far you might go to protect those you love.

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A New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice"

“Both [Gillian] Flynn’s and Miranda’s main characters also reclaim the right of female characters to be more than victim or femme fataleAll the Missing Girls is set to become one of the best books of 2016.”
Los Angeles Review of Books

“Extremely interesting…a novel that will probably be called Hitchcockian.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Are you paying attention? You'll need to be; this thriller will test your brain with its reverse chronological structure, and it's a page-turner to boot.”
ELLE

“Intricately plotted…Ms. Miranda brings heightened suspense and a twist to this familiar scenario by telling the story, which unfolds over 15 days, in reverse chronological order.”
The New York Times

“Fast-paced and frightening, All the Missing Girls will teach you why it's dangerous to go into the woods alone at night.”
Refinery29

All the Missing Girls is the archetypal murder mystery, the kind it seems like everyone has been hungry for since Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins's Girl on a Train.”
Cosmopolitan.com

“A new spin on a classic "missing person" thriller, All the Missing Girls is the perfect read for thriller fans.”
Bustle.com

"In All the Missing Girls Megan Miranda leads readers back through the past of a small southern town, enfolding them in a slow, tense nightmare of suspicion, menace, and tangled motives. A twisty, compulsive read--I loved it."
— Ruth Ware, author of IN A DARK, DARK WOOD

"Fiendishly plotted...Miranda convincingly conjures a haunted setting that serves as a character in its own right, but what really makes this roller-coaster so memorable is her inspired use of reverse chronology, so that each chapter steps further back in time, dramatically shifting the reader's perspective."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Darkly nostalgic....Miranda takes a risk by telling the story backward, but it pays off with an undroppable thriller, plenty of romantic suspense, and a fresh take on the decades-old teenage-murder theme."
Booklist

Tim Johnston
"As original as it is addictive, this story puts a knot in your gut from the opening pages. Then, through the wizardry of its unconventional structure, that knot tightens and tightens and will not let go until the final pages—and even then the story continues to haunt you. Vividly rendered, psychologically complex, and narratively acrobatic, All The Missing Girls is, above all, totally gripping."
Alafair Burke
"All the Missing Girls is a smart, suspenseful, and emotionally complex thriller. Told in reverse, this story will make you want to lock the doors, turn off the phone, and read until the last satisfying page."
Lisa Lutz
"Megan Miranda’s utterly gripping and original All the Missing Girls keeps you off balance in the most perfect way. I was held hostage by the book from the first page to the stunning conclusion. This literally backward tale is a winner."
Ruth Ware
"In All the Missing Girls Megan Miranda leads readers back through the past of a small southern town, enfolding them in a slow, tense nightmare of suspicion, menace, and tangled motives. A twisty, compulsive read—I loved it."
Booklist
"Darkly nostalgic....Miranda takes a risk by telling the story backward, but it pays off with an undroppable thriller, plenty of romantic suspense, and a fresh take on the decades-old teenage-murder theme."
The New York Times
“Intricately plotted...Ms. Miranda brings heightened suspense and a twist to this familiar scenario by telling the story, which unfolds over 15 days, in reverse chronological order.”
ELLE
“Are you paying attention? You'll need to be; this thriller will test your brain with its reverse chronological structure, and it's a page-turner to boot.”
The Rumpus
“Some “girl” books worth a deeper look this season include The Girls, by Emma Cline, and Megan Miranda’s All the Missing Girls.”
Hollywood Reporter
“The twist here is that the story of the disappearance of two teen girls 10 years apart — linked by the narrator who was friends with one and knew the other — is told backwards.”
Liz Loves Books
“A really intense and extraordinarily clever novel, taking that entirely popular premise of a missing person and turning it on its head... If you love your psychological thrillers but would like to see a new take then I would highly recommend All the Missing Girls. In fact if you are a fan of great writing, great storytelling and can appreciate subtleties of plot and character then I would highly recommend All The Missing Girls no matter your preferred reading genre.”
Modern Mrs. Darcy
“If you love a creepy mystery in an evocative setting that is practically a character in its own right, bump this to the top of your list.”
Bright Copy
“I really don't even want to start my next book, I just want to go back and devour this again! I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good mystery, dark characters, or pretty much anyone in existence.”
The Serial Reader
“Original, engaging, and beautifully written. All the Missing Girls has it all! A spine-tingling ride from beginning to end.”
Sunshine with Wine
“The twists are phenomenal. You DO NOT see them coming!”
Busty Book Bimbo
“It’s one of those unreliable narrator psychological thrillers that once you start it, you will be utterly compelled to keep turning the pages until you get to the end to find out what the hell really happened?
Library Journal
★ 06/01/2016
Nicolette Farrell, placing her life in Philadelphia on hold, embarks on a summer visit to her childhood hometown of Cooley Ridge, NC, to help her brother prepare their family home for sale. The trip forces Nic to recall her abrupt exit from Cooley Ridge a decade ago, following the mysterious (and still unsolved) disappearance of her best friend, Corinne. Nic spends several weeks immersed in clearing the house, visiting her dementia-ridden father, and meeting people from her past. She soon discovers that another local girl has gone missing. As the investigation intensifies and the two cases intersect, Nic starts to question everything she once believed, including the innocence of those in her inner circle. VERDICT YA author Miranda makes her adult fiction debut with this carefully crafted and riveting thriller that is narrated in reverse chronological order, a tense and unusual reading experience that both disorients and intrigues. Readers will obsessively read backward day by day to uncover gradually the surprise ending.—Mary Todd Chesnut, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
Kirkus Reviews
2016-03-30
Miranda's thriller, told backward over a two-week period, finds heroine Nicolette "Nic" Farrell back home in Cooley Ridge to solve the 10-year-old case of her missing best friend, Corrine, as well as the fresh disappearance of neighbor Annaleise Carter. With a slew of thrillers about disappearing women (inevitably called "girls" though they're adults) coming this spring and summer, Miranda (Soulprint, 2015, etc.) has a lot of competition. The gimmick of telling the story backward causes confusion more than it builds suspense, and the characters, including Nic; her rich, mostly offstage fiance, Everett; her ex-boyfriend Tyler, who happened to be dating Annaleise at the time of her disappearance—an icky twist—her brother, Daniel, and his pregnant wife, Laura, are all unmemorable figures with no real feelings or motivations. The one character who does elicit sympathy is Nic's father, forced to leave his home because of dementia. Yet it's because of his statements that he knows about a missing girl that the plot is set in motion—and how often does a small-town police force reopen a case because an old man mutters something, and no one can figure out if it's about his neighbor or his daughter's former best friend, now gone for 10 years? The chronology is frustrating, the characters are bland, and the plotting is sloppy. Feel free to give these missing girls a miss.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781501107979
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
01/31/2017
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
62
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Megan Miranda is the author of several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, and Soulprint. She grew up in New Jersey, attended MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Her novels for adults include All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter, or visit MeganMiranda.com.

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All the Missing Girls 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little confusing at first due to it working backwards in time, but overall I loved it. Picked it up every chance I got.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written! I wanted to shake some sense into the main character! The author wrote the story backwards which was different than most books but worked well for this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intelligent and carries the reader through
ScotsLass More than 1 year ago
All The Missing Girls is an exceptional, unique thriller written by Megan Miranda. After the introduction into the story, it jumps 2 weeks ahead and is told day-by-day forward until reaching the beginning again. Oddly this works to keep you off-balance and guessing at the conclusion until the very end (or the beginning.) The story begins with Nicolette Farrell receiving a cryptic letter from her father who has dementia saying that he saw “That girl”. Nic had left her hometown of Cooley Ridge ten years ago after the disappearance of her friend Corrine and rarely visits home. Corrine has never been found and the case remains open. Does her father remember something about the night Corrine goes missing? Can she get him to remember again? The next day another woman disappears, Annaleise Carter. Did she know anything about the first disappearance? Are the two related? Why does Nic feel she is being watched and who is the monster in the woods? Through all the twists, turns and secrets kept, Nic tries to fit together her memories of that night with what her former high school friends and brother tell her. Can she solve the disappearance of Corrine and Annaleise? Are they still alive and part of a larger joke? If Corrine is dead, why hasn’t the body been found despite an exhausting search and investigation? Or will Nic become the next victim? This was a very fast book to read. Once started, the reader is hooked into the story and unable to stop reading until finding out what happened to the girls. I enjoyed the unique set up of the book and felt that it added tension to the story. With all the twists, it was a gripping story well worth the time to read. By all means add it to you to be read list I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Simon & Schuster in exchange for a fair and honest review
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Sandy5 11 days ago
3.5 stars They were high school friends, just out having fun one night when something goes wrong. What really happened that night and why are all the stories all different? Why was this case never solved? That was ten years ago. Nicolette is coming back home to get her father’s home ready to sell. He’s been in a rehab center and his plans to return back home to her childhood home are never going to materialize, so the kids are putting the house on the market. Her brother has started the process but Nic has two months off and they should be able to finish the process this summer. Tyler, Nicolette’s old boyfriend is doing work on the house to get the house in working condition. Old memories creep into Nic as she arrives back home. It’s been ten years since her childhood best friend went missing. What happened to Corinne that night at the fair? Nic runs into Tyler immediately. They each are seeing other individuals, Tyler is dating Annaleise, a girl whose parent’s property aligns with Nic’s father’s and Nic is engaged. It hits the next day. Annaleise goes missing. Where did she go? It’s been exactly ten years since Corrinne disappeared, is this a coincidence? Let the drama begin….. I felt that the story did a lot of jumping, from 2 weeks back, the day before, Day 14, Day 13, Day 12, etc. I know that it takes talent to write a story backwards, so I have to respect an author who can achieve this. I however didn’t like how this story worked itself backwards. I found myself stopping and telling myself exactly what I was reading in the story. It was confusing, it took away from my whole reading experience and I began to wonder perhaps I should have read this book backwards. Would I have enjoyed this novel more, had I read this book backwards? I thought the story itself was great but I felt that it wasn’t as suspenseful as it could have been because I was stopping all the time and analyzing what was happening.
Anonymous 22 days ago
I could not put this book down. I had to keep reading to find out what happened. Totally sucked me in.
Anonymous 25 days ago
At First I thought this book was going to be just like Girl On The Traim and frustrate me. It did but I was more intrigued than I was frustrated lol. I loved the psychological side of this book the way one would mess with others, the lies you tell yourself about a person you wan to believe is a good person but is actually harming to you. I loved the plot twist, enjoyed the ending it was better than Girl On The Train. A must read!
Anonymous 3 months ago
A little slow to start but loved how the storyline went backwards with a nice twisty ending.
Lisa-LostInLiterature 4 months ago
I’ve found that I really enjoy psychological thrillers lately. When I first saw All the Missing Girls out and about, it immediately caught my attention with that gorgeous cover! I waited to read it though because I wanted to wait and see what others’ reviews were saying about the story. For me, thrillers can be hit or miss. This one was definitely a hit! I really enjoyed the way this story was told. We are given a look at the present, when Nic receives a call from her brother saying she needs to come “home” to deal with issues with their father. From there, the 15 days prior to “the incident” are told backwards, starting with Day 15 and ending with the dreaded day. I really enjoyed getting hints and glimpses into things on a backwards basis like that. My only slight issue with being told this story in this fashion was that I never really got to know Nic. I believe that’s part of the story too though, so it didn’t take away from the book at all… I just personally like to really get to know the characters to connect with them on a deeper level than I did here. It’s a total personal preference though. Overall, a great thriller that kept my attention throughout. I would definitely recommend this for one of those nights that you’re curled up with a warm blanket and a mug of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace. Audiobook Impressions: With a narrator like Rebekkah Ross, I knew this one would be a hit for me. I adore Rebekkah’s narrations. She always performs the characters so perfectly, and this one was no different. (Thanks to Simon and Schuster Audio for the review copy!)
alterlisa 4 months ago
While the story was a fun and easy read it was only semi-suspenseful. I like a good twisty turny thriller and this just missed the mark. To familiar to "gone girl" and "girl on a train" to totally captivate me. I also felt like it had more of a YA or NA leaning and I was really looking forward to a good thriller that would leave you thinking about it afterwards. Unfortunately, it was too easy to lay it down and rather a job to finish.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I hated the format of this book. I found the reverse time line very confusing. Too much work to following along.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess I'm in the minority here, as I enjoyed the story but disliked the order in which it was written. I got almost to the end and decided to reread the book in day order so I could actually keep track of what was going on! It was a good book - but writing it in reverse order was an unnecessary ploy. I don't really want to work so hard to enjoy a good story.
Holly More than 1 year ago
All The Missing Girls is the story of how a major secret can come back to haunt you, years later! 10 years have passed since Nicolette left her hometown after her best friend, Corinne disappeared without a trace. As she is back to tie up loose end, a missing girl is having everyone look back at Corinne's case and how Nicolette, her brother Daniel, her ex-boyfriend Tyler and Corinne's ex-boyfriend Jackson, may had something to do with it. With Tyler now dating the missing girl, Annaleise, it points the finger at Tyler for her being missing. As the story is being told from a span of 15 days, backwards, it paints the picture of what really happened now and in the past. With secrets out about what really happened to Corinne, Nicolette is forced to make a decision that will effect everyone, in a shocking conclusion to a story that will leave you speechless! OMG, I had to take a few days before writing this review just to wrap my head around what i just read. It was a little confusing reading this story backwards but once you get into the story-line, it doesn't matter because it will make sense by the end of the story! I'm still torn about what to think about everything Nicolette and her family did to protect their secret, once you read it, y'all would understand to! Thank You to Megan Miranda for turning me into a fan of yours by this one book that had me guessing up the last page!! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda is a story told in reverse (the writer does not pull it off). Nicolette Farrell has returned to Cooley Ridge to take care of her father’s affairs (clean out the house and put it up for sale) now that he has been moved into an assisted living facility (dementia) by her brother, Daniel. Nicolette has not been home since she was eighteen and her friend, Corinne Prescott disappeared. Corinne was never found and no one (except the killer) knows what happened to her. Nicolette is not home long with Annaleise Carter disappears. It is happening again. Are the two cases connected in some way? Join Nicolette, Daniel, and Tyler (Nicolette’s high school boyfriend) as they set out to get answers. All the Missing Girls was just too confusing. It starts out in the present day. After the disappearance of Annaleise Carter, the story speeds ahead to Day 15. The story is unfolded in reverse (day 15, 14, 13, etc.). It is confusing. Information gets repeated a few times (because of the reverse order). It did not feel like a suspense or thriller book until I was about 85% of the way through the book (I was bored and kept yawning). Then it gets a wee bit more interesting (and a little icky). I found the novel to be slow paced and the majority of the characters are unlikeable. All the Missing Girls did not hold my interest (and I really did not want to finish it). At the end of the book we are still left with unanswered questions (which made me really dislike this book). The story is told in the first person (which did not help it). I give All the Missing Girls 1.5 out of 5 stars (it was a clever idea to tell a book in reverse order). This book was just not for me. I received a complimentary copy of All the Missing Girls in exchange for an honest and fair review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meandering and repetitious. Trying to get through it now.
KimMc More than 1 year ago
"We were a town full of fear...But we were also a town full of liars." Megan Miranda crafts a murder mystery told backwards- with present day at the beginning, seeping further and further into the past and its secrets. This style is a bit disorienting at first, but it's unique and makes you pay attention to the details as you try to figure out how each event connects with the others in order to solve the mysteries of the missing girls . No one is immune from suspicion, and there are arrows pointing to every player in the game. Even if you think you have it figured out, you really have no idea. I didn't necessarily want to give in to the hype, but here I am, crying Uncle! This is brilliant, original, a jaw dropping piece that has me disgusted and cheering for the characters and their stories at the same time. Don't miss this one, truly. *I received an arc from NetGalley for an honest review
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars - Rounded Up All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda was a read that kept me up till the wee hours and I am fine with that. The story of Nicolette, who returns to her home town ten years after the disappearance of her best friend, and the eerily similar disappearance of another girl days after she returns. This was a truly compelling read that I enjoyed almost all of the way through. First I have to say that I loved the author’s way of telling this story. It is told in reverse, day fifteen to day one and that actually made the drama so much more intense. The characters knew what had happened, but the reader does not and I had to piece the days together. It was such an interesting way to tell a tale and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was so much emotion in the story and I really connected with the characters. The world built was a little shaky, but that is because the reader sees it almost backwards. All the Missing Girls was a unique take on the missing person type book and I highly recommend it. Megan Miranda has a striking way of storytelling that really drew me in. My one complaint is that the last chapter brought us back to day fifteen and there was an epilogue. I loved the unique way of reading and did not feel that the story needed to be so neatly wrapped up. Sometime I prefer a nebulous ending but I am weird that way. All-in-all this was a fantastic read that will keep you guessing the entire time. Original review at 125Pages.com I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Florida_Bookworm More than 1 year ago
It is quite true what philosophy says, that life must be understood backwards. But then one forgets the other principle: that it must be lived forward….. Nicolette Farrell (Nic) is tasked with cleaning and getting ready her father's house for sale in her home town of Cooley Ridge. When she arrives all the things she ran from many years before start to resurface. A old relationship with her ex highschool sweetheart Tyler. Her turbulent relationship with her brother Daniel. Her past with her ailing dementia father but most importantly disappearance of her best friend Corinne Prescott after another girl of Cooley Ridge goes missing. Annaleise. Annaleise is the now girlfriend of Tyler which starts to raise all types of suspicions towards the group of Nic, Daniel, Corinne, Jackson ( Corinne’s boyfriend) and many others. It also starts to bring back the memories of 20 years ago when Coreene went missing and and the what appears to be a cover up. No one trusts anyone. Who’s guilty, who’s not. Who is covering something up and who is protecting who. My Thoughts: This was a interesting concept for a book. It goes backwards from the present to the past. Some of the narration was repetitive and dragged on because it was said over and over again. But the ending was definitely a surprise. Sometimes it was hard to follow because something in the beginning were not explained until later in the book. Overall though this was a good physiological mystery. If you like Gone Girl and Girl on a Train, you will definitely like this book. The Characters were likeable. However some of the things that took place during the investigation were very unbelievable. Easy read otherwise. Definitely a 3.5 stars out of 5. Missing girls had a way of working their way into someone’s head. Thank you Netgalley for the advanced copie.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
I will admit that I was somewhat tentative about reading a book backwards because I could not imagine how that would work. We are introduced to the main character, Nicolette, in present time. She goes back to her hometown because her brother has asked for her help getting their childhood home ready to sell, to help pay for their fathers living facility. She has been back in Cooley Ridge for a couple of weeks when a local girl disappears, and we, the reader, are launched back a day at a time, for those two weeks. As the days go backward, we find out in bits and pieces about Nic’s friend Corinne, who had also disappeared 10 years ago. Could those two disappearances be tied together? As we read backwards, the truth unfolds, and I was enraptured with the story, and the history behind the actions of each character. I was captured by each page of this book, and found myself going back and reading previous pages to try to understand, or remember each characters most recent actions, to make sense of the previous day’s tale. It was confusing at times, but it worked, because that confusion added to the tension the author built, as she led us to the first day of Nicolette’s arrival in Cooley Ridge. When The author led us to present day and the conclusion to the story, I was satisfied with the reveal, and happy with the ending. It’s rare when I am happy about the ending of a mystery. I finished this book before going to bed, and the story whirled around in my mind all night. I may not have gotten a good nights sleep, but for me, when a story sticks with you like that, it means it was a great one! I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Simon & Schuster, through NetGalley, for my honest review.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Nic received a call from her brother Daniel. He had called to tell her the money was almost gone and they had to sell the house. Nic’s fiance was Everett who was a lawyer . Nic had met Everett when he was at his college friend’s apartment and Nic had just returned from putting her dad in a nursing home . She was offered a drink by her neighbor Trevor and she accepted. When she was ready to leave Everett walked her to her apartment door. He handed Nic his business card and told her to call him and she did. Nic had two months of vacation from the private school where she school counselor and she was going back home. Her mom had passed away from pneumonia but she also had cancer when Nic was sixteen. Daniel stepped up when their mother got sick and toke over the things she used to do. Nic’s first love was Tyler. When Nic got to her childhood home she noticed some pictures were off her bedroom walls and everyone had Corinne in them. Tyler stopped by to sat hi to Nic he had his date with him Annalise in his truck. The dirl who had given them a alibi when Corrinne came up missing- Corinne was her sister. Everything had changed after that. Then Annaleise came up missing. Nic was getting very stressed with all with all that was going on. Nic was having trouble sleeping and had lost weight as it was hard for her to eat. Everett was worried about her and wanted Nic to return with him and move in together. This was a great story. Once you started reading this story I didn’t want to stop. The story totally pulled you in: past affairs, engagement, murder, secrets, lies, miscarriage, intrigue, suspense and alot more. I loved absolutely loved all the twists and turns of this story and how it went backwards. I highly recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was a creative mystery in the fact that it was written backwards. It got a little strange though while reading it as I'm not used to that style, but I will say it was interesting. I definitely could not put it down. I wanted to know what happened to Corinne all those years ago. And then when all the facts were put on the table, wow. I am calling this an excellent read am certainly glad I got the chance to do so. Thanks Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the opportunity.
Ratbruce More than 1 year ago
Not just another missing girl, whodunit thriller. Megan Miranda's creative approach to telling the majority of the story in reverse order makes the twists and turns even more surprising. Wonderfully written and full of surprises. Kept me reading and guessing late into the night. Strongly recommended
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda is a highly recommended novel of suspense told in reverse. Nicolette "Nic" Farrell, 28, has to return to her hometown of Cooley Ridge, North Carolina. Nic left right after graduation and has stayed away, other than short visits to see her father. Now Daniel, Nic's brother, has called to tell her they are going to have to sell their family home and he needs her help getting it ready as well as trying to persuade their father to sign the papers. Their father, Patrick, has been in a long term care facility due to his dementia. Daniel's wife, Laura, is 8 months pregnant, so he would like to get things settled as soon as possible. Nic leaves her fiance, Everett, in Philadelphia and heads to Cooley Ridge. While Nic was planning to leave for college anyway 10 years ago, what really sent her packing was the mysterious disappearance of her best friend, Corrine. She and her friends were questioned by the police at the time, including Tucker, Nic's high school boyfriend, and her brother. Now Patrick is starting to mutter to people at the facility that he saw the girl - which everyone thinks must mean Corrine. "Corinne was larger than life here. Had become even larger because she disappeared. But she was just a kid, eighteen, and bursting out of her skin. Believing the world would bend to her will. Must’ve torn her up something good the first time she realized it wouldn’t." Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, 24, a neighbor of the Farrells. She was peripherally involved in the investigation of Corrine's disappearance. Then she disappears and people are searching for her. The hook in the case of All the Missing Girls is telling the story in a reverse chronology. We get a current day set up of the story so we know why Nic's leaving and have the bare minimum of background. Then the story jumps to 15 days in the future and counts down to day one, after which we get to go back to real time and figure out who done what. It does make the reading compulsory so you do read as fast as you can to try to figure out what the heck happened. Miranda manages to do this and not give away the big reveals until the end, which is laudable. Lots of people loved All the Missing Girls. While I really liked it and thought the reverse story telling was an interesting concept, it didn't manage to hide some of the flaws for me. The characters aren't as well developed as I would expect and there are places where the plot isn't quite as tight as I would like. The big question is how much can you overlook for a unique plot device? I discovered I could overlook quite a bit because Miranda managed to surprise me with some major information being disclosed later in the novel, while earlier chapter are more reactionary based on that information that we don't have yet. In the end, a worthy debut novel into the adult market. (However, I would like to note that these are missing women, not girls.) Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Megan's YA books, so when I saw that she had written an adult title, I immediately requested it. It wasn't until I was approved that I read the synopsis. My main concern was that it was going to be told backwards. I figured it was either going to absolutely epic or a massive cluster...For me, it was the former. Love love loved Nic. Her inner monologue is so real and authentic. There are a few other secondary characters that seemed to be MCs, but I don't want to say anything about them. Or really anything because I feel like one sentence, one word, and it could ruin the experience for any other reader. Just know I was captivated from the very beginning and I'm struggling to ignore the urge just to immediately start it again. **Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**