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.
So I have been looking at this book for awhile now and just finally snagged a physical copy from a bookstore. And wow. I regret having waited so long.
This author weaves an incredible tale that will keep you confused, intrigued, and completely baffled. I say that as a compliment. For someone who loves reading thrillers, there is nothing worse than being able to “figure it out”. The joy truly comes from being shocked by the ending.
Obviously, based on synopsis, this story is told backwards. Trust me, you will think you know what happened but you really won’t. For me, as a reader, my natural inclination is that going backwards would basically kill the story. But by going in reverse, this story takes on a whole other dynamic that kept me completely hooked for hours at a time.
Nicolette Farrell is our main character and she is incredibly progressive. This story follows the present, but also truly takes the reader back to the ten years before, when Corinne Prescott went missing. We see the friendship that this group had, and as a reader, I felt a variety of emotions. We see Nic reminisce on the past, and we see glimpses of her friendship with Corinne; we also see the type of friendship that it really was.
One character that, while missing, is just pure insanity is Corinne herself. Depending on whom you’re talking to, Corinne is a different person. We see a beloved friend, but we also see something darker. We see a nastiness within her, that’s always on the cusp of coming out to play. She is in a constant game of truth or dare, pushing everyone to the brink. What brink that is depends on the person and the situation at the time.
You know I’m going to recommend this book. I know its already a super big hit but I could easily see this becoming a show or a movie because its complex, horrifying, and will have you torn from start to finish on who to love and who to hate.