Published by Simon & Schuster on June 28th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Mystery/Suspence, Romance
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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.
I love Megan Miranda’s works so I was pleasantly surprised to learn that she had two books out this year. Of course I devoured them. While Soulprint wasn’t my favorite I think The Safest Lies and All the Missing Girls made up for the disappointment I had with Soulprint. Anyways All the Missing Girls was fast paced and the story kept me on my toes until the very end of the novel. I was on vacation while reading this and probably should be paying attention to Utah’s scenery, but I was too intrigued by the story to put it down (oh I did get some awesome scenery pictures though).
The story is told in an interesting way. It starts backwards (from day 15) and then leads up to the beginning (day 1). I was surprised that you don’t know who did it right away despite going backwards because you’d think the answer is there, right? Which should be logical, however, everything is cryptic and it makes you want to read what happened even more. Miranda leaves all the pieces scattered throughout the book, so sometimes when you think you’ve got the puzzle solved it twists and becomes another puzzle. There’s so many possible conclusions and I had fun forming what happen. In the end even when we learned the truth I was still forming my own conclusions.
First thing first, the character’s personality wasn’t what I thought she’d be. And also, from the summary I thought that it’d be something along the lines like 738 Days by Stacey Kade (it’s not). The story switches back and forth from the present to the past and while I thought it was confusing at times, it was an interesting way of telling the story. I think I was intrigued more by what happened in the past than seeing how Nicolette struggles with trying to find her missing friend in the present when it’s obvious in the flashbacks that Corinne isn’t a good influence on Nic. A lot of people tells her to move on, but she’s haunted and stuck in the past when she returns to Cooley Ridge after ten years.
In the flashbacks we can see that Nic isn’t a good girl. The crowd she hangs out with isn’t particularly good influence. I mean they swap boyfriends for goodness sakes. While it might mean nothing to anyone of course there’s got to be some attachment in the end, right? And Tyler, being the good guy, knows this tries to get Nic to break away from the group. Actually throughout the story I feel that a part of her wants to find redeeming qualities about herself and her missing friend, Corinne, but from the flashbacks I really didn’t like that she couldn’t speak out that she was uncomfortable about things that the group did. Nic’s character frustrated me because while the people she cares about wants to help her she’s stubborn and doesn’t let them.
Anyways, while I didn’t think much of Nic, I enjoyed seeing the mystery unfolding throughout the novel. The revelations spooked me and gave me the chills. I wish I had some hot chocolate while reading this, but it’s definitely a fun read for a rainy day.