All the Missing Girls

All the Missing Girls

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....

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All the Missing Girls Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Wow! Super twisty and held my attention from the first to last page. I wasn't expecting the ending and was extremely impressed with the way the story was told in reverse; a difficult feat that was pulled off nicely. Very satisfying and suspense filled read!

    Nicolette "Nic" Farrell has returned home to help fix up her and brother Daniel's family home. Their father has dementia and they need the money to pay for his care at the Grand Pines assisted living home. Nic has made a life for herself in Pe

    Wow! Super twisty and held my attention from the first to last page. I wasn't expecting the ending and was extremely impressed with the way the story was told in reverse; a difficult feat that was pulled off nicely. Very satisfying and suspense filled read!

    Nicolette "Nic" Farrell has returned home to help fix up her and brother Daniel's family home. Their father has dementia and they need the money to pay for his care at the Grand Pines assisted living home. Nic has made a life for herself in Pennsylvania after leaving her hometown of Cooley Ridge 10 years earlier following the disappearance of best friend Corinne Prescott. Shortly after returning home, another girl from childhood named Annaleise Carter disappears and the town is whipped into a frenzy again while searching for answers in the present and past.

    As I said above, I think what pushed this into 5 star territory for me was the structure of this story. After the initial chapter is set up, we jump ahead 15 days and go backwards from there to find out what has happened in these missing two weeks. This was executed flawlessly IMO and made this a truly unique read as I've not had this reading experience before.

    The characters were fairly well developed but for a good half of the book most are kept at arms length as to not give too much away early on. Everyone has something to hide in this story; I had fun trying to determine who was a part of what part (present and past).

    The flow of the story was continuous and I truly did not want to put this down as it was an addicting read. I honestly am confused as to why this book is marketed as "the next Gone Girl" when the storyline was completely different. Please don't let that stop you from reading this if you are as tired of the "Gone Girl comparison mania" as I am! I enjoyed this one far more.

    This book is being marketed as Simon and Schuster's top adult debut of the year and I can see why. I highly recommend to anyone who is a lover of mystery and suspense novels. This will definitely be one of my top books of the year.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

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    I have to say the cover of this book is beautiful, at least to me! I also think it makes a great background for a thriller book!

    Okay at one point I forgot the blurb and thought I was losing what is left of my mind. The book is going along from the beginning and then all of the sudden (BAM) we are at a part that I don't remember getting to.... Then my little brain catches up that this

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    I have to say the cover of this book is beautiful, at least to me! I also think it makes a great background for a thriller book!

    Okay at one point I forgot the blurb and thought I was losing what is left of my mind. The book is going along from the beginning and then all of the sudden (BAM) we are at a part that I don't remember getting to.... Then my little brain catches up that this book is written backwards. You get a little bit in the beginning so you know what's going on and then it starts backtracking. This would seem confusing but it's not! Every little piece starts clicking right into place..click..click...click..

    On with the story!

    I can not say enough how much this book is fan-freaking-tastic! I haven't read a thriller this good in a long time. I had some ideas who the killer was but nooooooooooooo.. just no.. I can't even.

    Nicolette (Nic) moved away from home in the Smokey Mtns. of North Carolina years ago. She came back once but it's really just been 10 years, her best friend Corinne went missing and some other stuff went down and she had to go. She went to college and was working as a counselor and met a nice man through her neighbor and they ending up being engaged at one point. His name was Everett and he was a very nice lawyer. If he only knew what he stepped into with this town.

    So Nic gets a call from her brother Daniel saying he wants her to come home because their dad is getting worse and he wants to sell the house. The one other time she went back they had put him in a home because of Dementia. He's in and out of it and he's starting to say things. Things that make so sense. He keeps saying he saw the girl and Nic is in danger. ?????

    So Nic is back and cleaning up the house. She talks to her old high school flame, Tyler and has a weird sort of relationship with her brother Daniel and his wife Laura. And Nic still has some feelings for Tyler and I would say the feeling is mutual but he's dating Annaleise Carter. And guess what? She goes missing. What? So now there are two girls from this town that are missing and the town is stumped.

    Meanwhile, Nic's fiance comes to town and helps out by getting the cops to leave Nic's dad alone. He's spouting out things about the missing girl from 10 years ago and other crazy talk. It's not really crazy though is it? There is something locked in that brain of his and people think he was just a drunk that fell into drinking and craziness after his wife died and he only got worse. There are reasons for so many things.

    I do not want to say any more because I am afraid of giving out a spoiler. Let me just say this book is not what you think it's going to be! It threw me for a loop. I'm buying it when I can and reading it again. It's so out there that I want to read it over and over. If you see any of the stuff coming in this book before it's laid out for you then you are a genius and kudos to you =)

    The characters are complex and wonderful. The whole atmosphere of the book is great. I loved every little thing about the book, with the exception of their being a few heart breaks included. But that's life.

    I also know who killed these girls but I'm not telling you!

    *I would like to thank Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for inviting me to read this wonderful book in exchange for my honest review.*

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  • karen

    okay, i have now officially read this book twice - once the way it was intended, with its reverse-countdown of days and events, and once backwards, following the plot chronologically.

    which begs the question: which one is better?

    my friend connor is very critical of nonlinear chronologies (in movies, anyway - he's no booknerd). his complaint about them, and it's absolutely a valid one, is that many time

    okay, i have now officially read this book twice - once the way it was intended, with its reverse-countdown of days and events, and once backwards, following the plot chronologically.

    which begs the question: which one is better?

    my friend connor is very critical of nonlinear chronologies (in movies, anyway - he's no booknerd). his complaint about them, and it's absolutely a valid one, is that many times this device is just a candy-coated distraction adding the illusion of interest to what would be an unremarkable story if it were told chronologically. if the gimmick is the only appeal, there's no reason to watch it a second time, when you know where all the puzzle pieces go.*

    so, i can feel you wondering - what about this one? get to the point already jeeeez.

    honestly, i think in this case, the gimmick is almost an obstacle.

    it's a great hook, don't get me wrong, and 87% of the people who read this book are going to be reading it for that reason alone - to see if she can pull it off, and it certainly distinguishes itself from the 9 million other "girl" psych suspense books being published on a weekly basis these days.

    and it's fun, it really is - you get your bookends of 'before' and 'after' sandwiched around this fifteen-day reverse-chronology where conclusions are reached that have no significance to the reader until their import is made apparent further down the road. and that imbalance is alluring, it keeps you turning those pages, digging deeper until you reach the foundation.

    and maybe i'm evaluating this with the boost of second-read clarity, and had i read it

    chronologically, i would have dismissed it as just another 'missing girl' book, forgetting it immediately, but i definitely liked it better the second time. i think the gimmick made me squint too hard, thinking i should be scrutinizing every detail looking for clues which only served to complicate the straightforward and made me see some contradictions that i did

    see reading it the second time. the structure is definitely funusual and forces the reader to engage in stimulating mental gymnastics, but some details get lost in the shuffle - unanswered questions that she was maybe hoping no one would notice? they're mostly minor: who was in the woods that night nic smelled the cigarette? who was in the apartment across from tyler's? why does daniel hit nic? why was so much made of the caverns when there was no real payoff in that direction? how is annaliese their "alibi" on the night corrine goes missing when everything she witnessed occurred when corrine was alive and well and standing right in front of her? do the police really need to be called every time a patient with dementia says something vaguely incriminating? how does corrine get from point a to point b and why on earth does…? who the hell would sleep all alone in a house with a broken lock in a town where girls keep going missing and everyone knows everything, including whose locks are broken? and small town or not, broken lock or not, how do you just leave the house without even

    the door? would someone really "reek" of alcohol after holding a sip in their mouth for a moment hours earlier and do breathalyzers not exist? how is nic alluding to something on "day one," that she has not yet experienced? it's a little sloppy, but considering how much of it does work, it's no fun spending time poking holes in it.

    even without the novelty of unconventional structure, there's enough here to grab my attention: a tale of three small-town mean girls and the boys who circle them, until their charismatic queen bee corrine goes missing after (before?) a night in which many small things chain-react into one huge consequence, supplying the town with limitless gossip. ten years later, and nic, one of those girls (the medium-mean in the mean-girl spectrum), returns home to help her brother daniel prepare their childhood home for sale to afford their dementia-addled father's care in an assisted living facility.

    she's engaged to a successful lawyer named everett, and is a school counselor at schmancy prep school in philly, where young damaged girls consider her a valuable confidante:

    however, once nic is back in cooley ridge, n.c., another girl (woman) goes missing - annaliese carter, the current girlfriend of nic's former flame tyler, and then everything starts going sideways (or more precisely,

    ). nic's father begins to talk about seeing the "missing girl," the police get involved, and all the secrets kept for ten years are compromised as history repeats itself in a particularly rumor-fueled town.

    ah, corrine… such a deliciously twisted mean girl. she's the kind of mean girl who will help you deal with your mother's death through the healing power of arson:

    and nic, full of grief and adolescent helplessness, absolutely wants to watch something burn. something like an abandoned barn:

    corrine is a ferocious bundle of manipulation and cruelty - always testing the limits of people's devotion to her, subjecting them to impromptu truth-or-dares, in which the other girls quickly learn to always choose "dare."

    everett is horrified by nic's stories of her relationship with corrine, which he quite rightly sees as unhealthy.

    but then everett is an outsider; not only has he never been a teenage girl, but he's not "from here," living a life of privilege and protection, too refined to relate to nic's experiences, too sensitive to look into the darkness:

    which does not bode well for the future of their relationship. enter love triangle! as a reader, i'm usually bored by the romantic bits of books, but this one was particularly irritating. it did not read like the behavior of mature adults, it was like a child playing with dolls in some blue blood v blue collar showdown: this one is rich but this one is infatuated, this one's your past and this one's your future, this one knows everything about you and this one knows only the good stuff and now is kissytime!

    but apart from that - it's a good thriller. the reverse-timeline keeps you on your toes, and the inclusion of so many scenes detailing the events surrounding corrine's disappearance ten years previous adds another layer of unfolding-mystery to the mix, as well as nic's sleep and food-deprivation contributing potentially hallucinatory unreliability to her perspective. the pacing is tight and breathless, helped along by all the imagery of things spinning and being blurry and always in motion, mirroring the frenetic whirlwinds characterizing the adolescent experience:

    but that "coiled to snap" brings up another problem i had - the depiction of (mostly male) violence here is a little disturbing, particularly in light of this statement from our heroine:

    pretty much every man in the book, even milquetoast everett, is shown to be overwhelmed by their anger at a woman at some point, demonstrating their rage by punching, bruising, slamming cupboards, throwing plates, pushing people down stairs, slamming fists into tables… it's off-putting, this caveman bullshit, especially in light of nic's bullshit statement absolving them from blame. it reminded me of how horrible some of those old vintage harlequins were, like

    where you read it and you can't even imagine how a character could forgive this behavior in a love interest, but this "every boy is violent and it's all our fault" attitude is much ickier to encounter in a contemporary novel written by a woman.

    so, despite my irritants, this is a 3.5 i have rounded up to 4.

    * paraphrased like crazy

  • Jen

    I actually had my review almost fully formed when I was 3/4 done. I was promised a jaw dropping read per the book flap but, at best, this was a mouth twitch, brow rise. I know I'm going against the current on this one- many adored this story.

    Personally, I hated the structure. It's told backwards- 2 weeks. 10 days, 4 days, one day...all the day before. Wtf? Too confusing and when I have to work at timelines, I check out.

    However, as I continued on - I was curious- there were some triumphant twists

    I actually had my review almost fully formed when I was 3/4 done. I was promised a jaw dropping read per the book flap but, at best, this was a mouth twitch, brow rise. I know I'm going against the current on this one- many adored this story.

    Personally, I hated the structure. It's told backwards- 2 weeks. 10 days, 4 days, one day...all the day before. Wtf? Too confusing and when I have to work at timelines, I check out.

    However, as I continued on - I was curious- there were some triumphant twists.

    I'm not going to summarize the story - you can get that from the title. Although not sure when 2 girls can be defined as "all". Semantics?

    So although this didn't take me to the thrilling white knuckled world, it does get points for the element of surprise. 3*

  • Miranda Reads

    (Yeah...me either....and it turns out there's a reason for that...)

    Nicolette Farrell

    following a ten-year absence to sort through her father's house.

    All the

    are flooding back. The last time Nicolette was in town, her best friend, Corinne, disappeared.

    (Yeah...me either....and it turns out there's a reason for that...)

    Nicolette Farrell

    following a ten-year absence to sort through her father's house.

    All the

    are flooding back. The last time Nicolette was in town, her best friend, Corinne, disappeared.

    Now a new girl (Annaleise) has gone missing. Nicolette can't help but think that

    But, after all these years how can she even begin to find the truth?

    This was an interesting concept - we start at the end and work our way to the beginning.

    As we read the book we actually delve deeper into the past - so working our way from about two weeks ahead back to the first day Nicolette returns to her house...but there's a problem with the flow of information.

    There were too many

    that becomes obvious that she knew right away but since we work backwards the audience is kept in the dark.

    i.e. Facts that Nic learned on Day 2 would

    how she reacted on Day 10...but since we (as the audience) read Day 10 first, the author couldn't reveal Day 2's Big Event (otherwise it would

    of the book).

    And while I understand that reasoning for

    it doesn't make sense from a character standpoint.

    This is really info that should be at the

    . So, there is no reason for her not to think about what was revealed on Day 2 on Day 10.

    P.s. anyone else marginally disappointed that the title (

    only referred to two? I suppose that's technically a plural, but I expected far more girls to be physically missing)

    Read by Rebekkah Ross and she did a pretty good job. I enjoyed the tone and pacing.

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