All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda; 2016
Well, I think this about the fourth book I’ve read in the past month with “girl” in the title. Definitely taking a breather from these Girl on the Train type thrillers after this one.
Nicolette Farrell left her rural North Carolina hometown ten years ago, after her best friend Corinne disappeared when they were teenagers. Nic, her brother David, her then-boyfriend Tyler, and their close-knit circle of friends were at the center of the investigation of Corinne’s disappearance. Nic comes back home to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father. But only a few days into Nic’s return, another girl goes missing. Annalise Carter lived in the house behind Nic’s childhood home, and was dating Tyler.
Told backwards, from day fifteen of Annalise’s disappearance to day 1, Nic works to uncover the truth about the girl’s disappearance as well as Corinne’s, revealing – as expected – many shocking secrets about the town and her loved ones.
Here’s what I’ll say. All the Missing Girls definitely held my attention, there were a lot of twists and turns, and it was more challenging because it was told in reverse. HOWEVER, I was very disappointed with the final, most important twist, and ended up just feeling like it was told in reverse to distract the reader from the fact that it isn’t really that remarkable of a narrative. I would actually be interested to read this in reverse and see if it made more sense to me/was more shocking. I did find Megan Miranda’s writing very engaging, and am actually really looking forward to her next book, The Perfect Stranger. That one sounds like a single white female situation – woot woot.