No one ever just disappears.
When someone goes missing, you can’t help but wonder if you could have done something to prevent the horrible incident from happening.
Or if that missing girl is someone close to your heart, you know you’ll do whatever it takes to find her.
In this novel, Nicolette Farrell experiences both scenarios: her best friend went missing 10 years ago and her next-door neighbour recently disappears as well.
Nicolette was just starting a new life in Philadelphia with her fiance when she is called back to her family in the hometown she left 10 years ago. Her return stirs up old hurts as she discovers what happened to her best friend Corinne who went missing before she left and Annaleise, her quiet and invisible neighbour who goes missing after her homecoming.
Recalling missing people is one’s worst nightmare, each sweet memory of that missing person in your mind turns bitter. The series of events which led up to when the person went missing is etched into your memory, haunting your every waking moment.
Chapter after chapter author Megan Miranda has this reader gnawing at her fingernails, dying to find out the truth about the missing girls.
This book stands out from other similar thrillers as it is written Memento-style, with the plot being revealed in reverse.
The big reveal comes right at the beginning of the book; what coaxes readers to keep flipping the pages is the need to find out what happened to lead up to the events of Chapter One.
The author does a great job of putting all the pieces and fragments of the main character’s story into a back-tracking timeline. Each chapter may not be what happens next, but each ties back to the chapters before. While this unconventional writing style builds up the suspense, it can be a little hard to follow because of the jumbled up continuity.
A novel about starting over and overcoming fears, All The Missing Girls is a good read for thriller lovers. It takes readers through the mind of an unsettled individual who has gone through the loss of a loved one and is now being haunted by past transgressions.
The truth prevails in most stories, and the story of Nicolette Farrell’s life is no different. In the end, the truth is revealed and Nic has to compromise and sacrifice to pay the debts of her past.
All The Missing Girls
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, fiction