Book review: All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

I devoured this amazing mystery. I am in awe. The tale is
told in reverse, which at first I thought impossible, it won’t make sense or
there will plot holes and the ending will be rushed. No. I was dead wrong. 

All
The Missing Girls is written with perfect pace. I was fully engaged. The
layering and the characters who shift from being benign to unreliable and just
how the mystery unfolds, is so good, close to perfection. Definitely will be one of  the “it”
books of 2016.

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Nicolette Farrell returns to her home town of Cooley Ridge, a decade after she left to care for and settle her ailing father’s finances. It has also been a decade since Nic’s best friend Corrine disappeared from the small town without a trace. 

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, her boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson.

A day after Nic returns to her childhood home, another young woman who is dating Nic’s ex-boyfriend, Tyler goes missing. The missing woman is Annaleise Carter who was also an important part of the investigation in the disappearance of Corrine 10 years earlier. 

The story is told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing.

The tale is filled with small town suspicions, secrets and decades old lies, dislikes and grudges.

Thanks to Nicole McArdle and Simon Schuster for reaching out
and sharing this amazing book.

This book gave me a book hangover, I enjoyed it so much and was so captivated by the story, I took a whole week break from reading. 

In my reading challenge this is book 47 of 60. I am at 78% of the 2016 challenge and 22 books ahead of schedule so I can manage a book break. 

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

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