All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Published by Simon & Schuster on June 28th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
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.
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda is a psychological thriller about a woman who returns to her hometown to assist her sick father and to unearth a decade long mystery about her missing best friend. When another local girl goes missing while she’s in town she is thrust back to the past and her secrets come to surface!
The Way It’s Written
All the Missing Girls is written backwards! Yes, you heard me right, backwards. The first chapter is “present day” when Nic decides to head back to her hometown. Then the next chapter is Day 15 and each chapter after that works its way back.
Miranda does a fantastic job with the storytelling. She must have spent a great deal of time fine tuning the chapters so that they are cohesive and flow properly as if they were to have been written in chronological order. It was definitely quite refreshing to read a thriller like this. Very intriguing storytelling.
Keeps You Guessing
This one will have you guessing from the start. After every chapter I am pretty sure I had a new suspect to look into. All the Missing Girls definitely throws you through some loops along the way until the very satisfying ending.
You would think because the story is told backwards that we would find out the big reveal quite soon in the story, but surprisingly Miranda only let out important information when it was needed. We never knew more than we should and each clue linked back and connected each chapter as we travel in time.
One of my favorite aspects of a psychological thriller is an unreliable narrator done right. Which is exactly what Nic was. At times through out the story she would not sleep for days. This leads to hazy memories, rash decisions, and crazy high jinks.
I Was Confused!
This didn’t bother me too much, but I was getting a bit confused with All the Missing Girls going back in time over a two week period. I was blending information and blurring important discoveries.
At one point we find out something important but I sat there thinking that I already knew this already because they mentioned it slightly in the chapter before. Does that make sense? I’m probably confusing you guys with this awful explanation. Sorry!
I highly recommend this one if you like unreliable characters, a good psychological thriller and an interesting written novel. Let me know what you guys thought of All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.