Book Title: All the Missing Girls
Author: Megan Miranda
Amazon Link: Click here
Star Rating: – Really good book. Recommended.
Disclaimer: I received this free book from NetGalley in exchange for an un-biased review.
First the Amazon.com blurb, because we need some solid ground to start from.
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.
A book about truth.
Where you can stop fearing the truth. Let it be part of you. Take it to bed. Stare it in the face with an arm tucked around you.
The truth, then.
A book about what happens when you try to hide your face from the truth. Not just the truth about what happened, which is the mystery that drives this novel. But the truth of who you are inside. Of why you’ve made the choices you have, of who your friends are. Who they really are. Not who you want them to be. “The things we do for love.” The terrible things we do for love. I’m not sure exactly why, but that sentiment has been floating up in my mind so many times in the past few weeks. Because of this book, and A Song of Ice and Fire, and other things I guess. There it is though.
Getting back to the book though, it has an excellent hook. After a quick introduction you are left to piece together what is the truth behind what has happened to these two missing girls, but you start at the end of the story and have to work your way backwards. You start at Day 15 after the girl’s disappearance and every subsequent chapter tells what happened the day before. It’s a compelling way to tell a story. You see the aftermath, the results, but don’t know what choices led to them. What the heck is going on here!? It’s fun. Also really makes you want to read it again, so you can catch all the clues you missed the first time around. This clearly takes a lot of forethought and skill on the author’s part. Color me impressed.
Plot devices and twists aside, I thought the book had really good insights into personality and human failings. It sounded true to life. There are so many ways that people skirt the truth. So may ways we hurt one another whether unintentionally or completely, brutally on purpose.
Nothing about the list of things that needed to be voiced: our dad’s growing distance, the fact that Daniel was dropping out of school, about what would happen to us after Mom died. No, we argued about how close we parked to other cars, about scraped metal and whether I ws running late or he was early.
This is how we got through.
Isn’t that just how it is. It’s not a big thing but I have to respect a book that tells the truth. I recommend this book to people who like mystery books and family drama.
Bonus Link: Visit the author’s website for more books, especially if you’re into YA.
Song for this book: Ghosts by Laura Marling