Review of All the Missing Girls


     People have been recommending this book to me for awhile now, so naturally I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of All the Missing Girls. Thanks to Netgalley for the eARC!

Synopsis

Nicolette Farrell is still deeply haunted by the disappearance of her best friend,  Corinne. It’s been ten years since anyone has seen Corinne. Ten years that Nic has been tormented by guilt over her missing friend.

And now it’s all happening again.

There is another girl missing. Same town, too many similarities to Corinne’s disappearance to be unrelated. The same people are linked again, but this time the truth will be revealed.

Told entirely in reverse order, from day fifteen to day one, this novel asks the question; how far would you be willing to go to protect your loved ones?

Review

This is my first time reading one of Megan Miranda’s books and it’s safe to say that it won’t be my last. When I first heard that the story was backwards I was both intrigued and somewhat skeptical. I kept thinking, won’t that be really confusing? How can a book told this way make any kind of sense? Well rest assured, it works. It works better than I would’ve imagined. It kept me turning the pages as fast as possible and there were times that I was so intent in my reading a bomb could’ve went off and I may not have even noticed.

Nic was a character that I was rooting for the whole time. You could feel her pain and regret throughout and I so badly wanted her to find closure and be able to move on with her life. She is absolutely tortured at every turn by her painful past, yet you can feel how desperately she wants to move forward. Her relationships with everyone in her life are clouded with grief and sadness; Her father Patrick, her brother Daniel, her ex boyfriend Tyler, her old friend Bailey. Yet while I felt like I could relate to parts of this character, I also wanted to scream at her. She makes rash and dangerous decisions consistently, however there is something extremely raw and vulnerable about Nic that makes the reader want the best for her. To me, that is the mark of an excellent storyteller. To make the audience root for them even when they are frustrated by their choices.

Without spoiling the ending, I can safely say that I was satisfied. I always adore it when a writer wraps thing up with some kind of an epilogue or fast forward that ties things up and answers all those unanswered questions. Megan Miranda does not disappoint.

Overall rating is 4.5/5

All the Missing Girls is available on June 28 from Simon & Schuster.

 

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