Non 1001 Book Review: All the Missing Girls Megan Miranda
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Published in: 2016
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Find it here: All the Missing Girls
This ARC was provided by Simon & Schuster (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis 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.
Book Worm’s Thoughts: OK so the marketers are back on the Girl on a Train band wagon. I am not sure if this is an accurate comparison or just a cynical technique to drum up business as I have yet to read Girl on a Train. Now that we have got that out of the way, let’s move on to the book itself.
This is a different kind of thriller because the narrative moves linearly back in time, day by day ,over 2 weeks with each day giving us more information about both the past disappearance and the current day. I got to the end of the book and then wanted to read everything again but going forward in time. I have resisted that temptation as that is not the book the author wrote, and because I know the outcome. There is still a part of me that wants to see if the narrative works that way because during reading I kept forgetting we were going backwards and had to keep reminding myself that what I had previously read was now in the future. I liked the way this challenged me as a reader and enjoyed how the addition of new information shed light on old evidence.
The book is full of shades of grey. There are no good or bad characters they are all a mixture of both. In addition, the fact that a potential witness has dementia adds a new layer of morality to the story. Should the police be allowed to question him and how much does he really understand? It also showed how tough it can be for children when a parent doesn’t remember them and when they instead are cast in the role of caregiver and decision maker.
I would say that this is a step above the normal run of the mill thriller and for that reason I have given it 4 stars. That said, those who like their thrillers realistic will probably be rolling their eyes while reading it.
Who would like this? I would recommend it to those who enjoy thrillers and those who like something a little less conventional in terms of structure. If anyone does try to read it in reverse (so that the events go forward in chronological order), let me know if it all still works.
Want to try it for yourself? You can find a copy here: All the Missing Girls
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