Book of the Day
“All The Missing Girls” by Megan Miranda
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.
This is book #2 from my Thrillers & Mystery reading list. I think it’s safe to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a quick read for me , starting in the airport and being halfway done before I even made it to my destination.
I like how the book starts off with Nicolette having to go back to her hometown after so many years, leaving behind her new cookie cutter life. She tells stories of both her current lifestyle and how it differs from how she grew up. It built up the anticipation for her to get home to her more rugged roots.
Her hometown is small, and with small towns comes the fact that everyone knows everyone. Within a day of her being home her neighbor goes missing, who happened to be dating her ex boyfriend that she occasionally slept with when she visited. That didn’t look too good for Nic, or anyone in her family for that matter. The town was talking.
Nic is convinced that her neighbor’s disappearance is related to her best friend’s disappearance 10 years prior. She drives herself crazy for the next two weeks trying to piece everything together, and cover things up. The suspense was very high but the mystery can be solved before the end of the story if you pay attention to all the components.
I enjoyed reading the story line of Nic and Tyler. I wasn’t a huge fan of her fiance Everett. He was a nice guy but he just seemed so different from her. I also liked the relationship Nic had with her brother Daniel. Even though it was strained it seemed real and believable. Corrine’s character read a little cliche for me. The frenemy that everyone is hypnotized by. However, it didn’t bother me too much.
The only real negative I can say about this book is it being told backwards. It made remembering when things happened more complicated. I had to flip around a few times to get my timeline straight and I would have rather not had to do that. But overall “All The Missing Girls” is a good read for mystery lovers. 3.5 to 4 stars.
Has anyone else read this novel? I would love to discuss the revelations that Nic had on this journey. What did you think about Annaleise once we learn more about her? Did you feel sorry for Corrine?
Have any of you ever read a story told backwards? How did you like it?