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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Edition: ARC, 384 Pages
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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.
So apparently June is the month of the thriller for me. This is my third so far, which about a 300% increase from my normal intake and so far I’m loving it. All the Missing Girls turned out to be nice little continuation of my current thriller kick.
All the Missing Girls (AMG from now on), is a non-liner psychological thriller which chooses to go backwards in time after a rather pivotal moment. As it moves backwards through the days that Nic has stayed at her old childhood home, we find out more and more about Corinne as well as Annaleise and how the two are connected. It’s a twisty one that’s for sure, but in a good way. I’m normally very good with guessing what’s going on and the end game, but I was pretty lost on this one thanks to the fact that it’s backwards. We also get to know more about Nic and those surrounding her, who they are, what drives them, and how different they are once the practiced act is gone. I can’t actually say anything about the characters themselves, or really even any of the plot points because of how important all of that is to the story…but it’s definitely a good one and I can say I really liked the narrative as a whole.
Is it as hard hitting as something like Gone Girl? Probably not, but it’s still pretty damn good. I started this but knew right away that it was a book that would consume me once I really got into it, so I put it off while I finished a few others…and sure enough I ended up reading it in two large stretches of time only pausing to help customers or take care of necessities like eat. It moves pretty quickly and the farther away you get from the day 15 point, the more you found out and the more the need to know the answers starts driving you to read just one more page.
If there is one thing I’ve learned from reading this, is that I need more thrillers like this in my life. I don’t know if Megan Miranda will write more like this one, but if she does…I’m so there.