I love the kind of book that immediately makes me want to read it again to see all the hints and little stitches I missed the first time. This was the case when I finished All the Missing Girls, Megan Miranda’s clever, twisty psychological thriller about small town secrets and unreliable memories.
Nicolette Farrell is fored to return to her home town of Cooley Ridge a decade after she left. Her father’s health is declining fast and Nic and her brother have some decisions to make about his future. Nic left behind a lot of memories in Cooley Ridge, along with the man she thought she’d marry, and the mystery of what happened to her best friend Corinne, who disappeared one night and was never found. But days after her arrival in Cooley Ridge, another girl goes missing, and Nic must relive her nightmare all over again.
As she tries to unravel what happened to the missing girl, secrets about her family, her friends, and her former love emerge. As Nic begins to see the events surrounding Corinne’s disappearance through fresh eyes, she soon realizes she, and the residents of Cooley Ridge, know more about that night than she first acknowledged. Corinne’s killer might be closer to Nic than she knew.
Why I Loved It
All the Missing Girls is a great psychological thriller with a wicked twist. What makes this book stand out is that the story is told in reverse, beginning fifteen days after Nic’s arrival, backtracking one day at a time, and coming full circle to solve the puzzle.
This structure makes for some mind-bending reading as the reader gets the clues in reverse order, while the main character is days ahead. As I was busy gathering clues along with Nic, I had to remember to reorder them in my mind, and then review them again through the filter of new information. Add to that a great twist at the end and you’ve got a wholly satisfying read and a fascinating re-read
What I Learned as a Writer
This would have been a totally different book if told in chronological order. It’s a simple story, with some good twists, but Megan Miranda’s decision to tell it backwards leaves readers guessing to the very end. Giving the characters more information than the reader heightened the level of suspense from fun to riveting.
Read This Book If…
…you love, dark, twisty psychological thrillers with interesting structures. This one will keep you turning the pages.