Synopsis: Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, 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.
My Review: Nicolette (Nic) returns home to Cooley Ridge, North Carolina to help her brother, clean out, repair and sell the family home. Their father is suffering dementia and now in a nursing home and they need to sell the house in order to continue to pay for him to stay in the nursing home. Nic sublets her apartment in Philadephia, kisses her fiance good-bye and heads home. She left town 10 years earlier, when her best friend Corrine disappeared without a trace. There were many suspicions and many lies surrounding that disappearance. Shortly after Nic returns, another girl, Annaleise Carter goes missing, swallowed up by the woods without a trace. As the police start investigating the disappearance of Annaleise, Nic is sure that this is related to the disappearance of Corrine 10 years earlier. She reveals details leading up to the event where personalities are laid bare and long held secrets finally divulged.
Nic is the narrator of this story. It is written in reverse chronological order from day 15 down to day 1 you really need to be paying attention with this twisty, breath-holding mystery which will have you second guessing all the way through. It took me awhile to get accustomed to this as I kept thinking, “but this already happened”. Nic is the typical unreliable narator. She only shares parts of the story. We always wonder what she is keeping secret.
This was a story where twists and turns kept you on the edge of your seat. You thought you had it figured out, then another plot twist. It kept me guessing right to the end. All the Missing Girls is a compelling story written around the eerie backdrop of the woods of Cooley Ridge in the shadow of the Smokey Mountains. A great read for lovers of suspense and mystery. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.