All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda is a story told in reverse (the writer does not pull it off). Nicolette Farrell has returned to Cooley Ridge to take care of her father's affairs (clean out the house and put it up for sale) now that he has been moved into an assisted living facility (dementia) by her brother, Daniel. Nicolette has not been home since she was eighteen and her friend, Corinne Prescott disappeared. Corinne was never found and no one (except the killer) knows what happened to her. Nicolette is not home long with Annaleise Carter disappears. It is happening again. Are the two cases connected in some way? Join Nicolette, Daniel, and Tyler (Nicolette's high school boyfriend) as they set out to get answers.
All the Missing Girls was just too confusing. It starts out in the present day. After the disappearance of Annaleise Carter, the story speeds ahead to Day 15. The story is unfolded in reverse (day 15, 14, 13, etc.). It is confusing. Information gets repeated a few times (because of the reverse order). It did not feel like a suspense or thriller book until I was about 85% of the way through the book (I was bored and kept yawning). Then it gets a wee bit more interesting (and a little icky). I found the novel to be slow paced and the majority of the characters are unlikeable. All the Missing Girls did not hold my interest (and I really did not want to finish it). At the end of the book we are still left with unanswered questions (which made me really dislike this book). The story is told in the first person (which did not help it). I give All the Missing Girls 1.5 out of 5 stars (it was a clever idea to tell a book in reverse order). This book was just not for me.
I received a complimentary copy of All the Missing Girls in exchange for an honest and fair review.
Everyone has the right to their own opinion--
I found this to be very slow and very boring and I didn't like the format at all!
This is written backwards, once you get past the 'start' of the story then it goes to day 15 then goes back to day 14, so on and so on, it wasn't suspenseful or a thriller but just a confusing slow and boring story if you can endure it.
It doesn't happen often that I start reading a book and immediately wish I could put my life on hold to finish it up in one big gulp. Unfortunately, as a working Mom I had to read this amazing thriller in drips and drabs-sneaking my kindle into the bathroom with me, hiding from my toddler and husband. Ms. Miranda has written a gem. A first rate thriller and not so much because of the who-done-it twists and turns, or the grand character development, but because this book is told backwards. Yes, even with all the hype and the note from the publisher at the beginning I was really questioning how this could work, how I could enjoy a book that you have to work so hard to tell what happened when. But, Ms. Miranda makes it seem like everyone should write this way. I'm not going to even bother discussing the plot, don't want to ruin it for you future reader. Do yourself a favor, pick this up and jump on the Missing Girls bandwagon early, you won't want to miss this one.
Thank you netgalley and Simon & Schuster for this galley in exchange for an honest review.
I read it backwards. From the end to the beginning. Starting from day 1 at the end of the book. That is the only way I could get through it and finish it.
While the story was a fun and easy read it was only semi-suspenseful.
I like a good twisty turny thriller and this just missed the mark. To familiar to "gone girl" and "girl on a train" to totally captivate me. I also felt like it had more of a YA or NA leaning and I was really looking forward to a good thriller that would leave you thinking about it afterwards. Unfortunately, it was too easy to lay it down and rather a job to finish.