Thursday, September 1, 2016

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

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.

REVIEW by CA Borgford ~ 5 huge stars

All the Missing Girls is equal parts captivating and haunting. An epic mind bender of a novel. I was literally on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, swiping the pages of my e-reader with wide eyes and at times a gaping mouth.

The story is told backward and that in itself is a stroke of genius. It kept me off balance, always wondering, watching. Piece after piece the puzzle slowly became clear. I was fascinated with how I felt about the things that occurred in Cooley Ridge. Shocked to realize that as events became clearer I not only understood the character’s motivation ~ I agreed with it.

Go in blind and I promise you if you like suspense you will be as compelled as I was to continue until the very end. The story is very much under my skin and still invades my thoughts.

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