All the Missing Girls

All the Missing Girls

A Novel

Book - 2016
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***A NATIONAL BESTSELLER***

A New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice"
Entertainment Weekly -- Thriller Round-Up
The Wall Street Journal -- 5 Killer Books for 2016
Hollywood Reporter -- Hot Summer Books…16 Must Reads

"Both [Gillian] Flynn's and Miranda's main characters also reclaim the right of female characters to be more than victim or femme fatale … All the Missing Girls is set to become one of the best books of 2016."
-- Los Angeles Review of Books

"Extremely interesting…a novel that will probably be called Hitchcockian."
-- The New York Times Book Review

"Are you paying attention? You'll need to be; this thriller will test your brain with its reverse chronological structure, and it's a page-turner to boot."
-- Elle

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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501107962
Branch Call Number: FIC MIRAN M

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MelissaYAReader
Jul 24, 2017

I LOVED THIS BOOK! I can't really tell you why though. I don't know if it was the mystery, the setting, or the format, but it sent me into a reading hangover--nothing since has lived up to this. I loved the format of this book--telling us the story backward. Each chapter ends at the beginning of the previous chapter. The mystery keeps you guessing and and the characters are complicated. I really enjoyed this one.

KHCPL_Wagner Jul 11, 2017

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace, and now Annaleise Carter has vanished. 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.

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22METZ
Apr 21, 2017

Couldn't put the book down. I had to know what happened to.the missing girls. You keep suspecting everyone until the end.

ehbooklover Apr 14, 2017

I absolutely loved the author's choice to tell this story backward. The numerous twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading. Plus, I could not figure out what really happened until the very end. A great read!

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wilqser
Apr 05, 2017

Intricate mystery about a woman who goes back to her hometown to settle her ill father's family estate and finds that the trouble she left behind when she was young, still plague her when she returns. The story deals with love lost, envy, jealousy and secrets that threaten to tear apart friendships forged in their youth. The story backwards in chapters to the beginning with details keep you interested in the events that lead up to the previous chapter, although at times a little hard to follow. Not a great book but keeps you interested in the outcome of the "beginning".

AL_LESLEY Mar 29, 2017

I loved the backwards story telling and this kept me thinking and analyzing and questioning throughout. The writing was awesome and I enjoyed this thoroughly.

K_ROK Mar 18, 2017

I agree with other fellow readers below; The story was good but the narration was very hard to keep track of. I was not able to finish this one in 1 or 2 days, and I had a hard time remembering all the events, both from the past and present. In theory this is a good idea but perhaps the writer should have asked for more feedback regarding how other readers were able to handle it. Unfortunately the writers know their story through and through so they will not see how hard it is for a reader with fresh eyes to follow along and catch those important details.

Although I appreciate the author of this book trying to be creative by writing the narrative from backwards to forwards (reads from day 15 to day 1) and to add suspense, it was just plain confusing. The confusion trumps the enjoyment I had over reading this book. Basically, if you don't plan to read this book in 1 day don't bother reading it because every time you pick up the book to read you have to flip back pages just to re-read what is going on.
The ending pretty much unravels fast at the end and isn't much of a shocker given these "gone girl" type mystery thrillers. you kind of know what to expect.

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islandqueen47
Mar 05, 2017

Can't be bothered trying to figure out this story. Book is due, bye.

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MillieBT
Feb 05, 2017

A powerful psychological suspense novel about the disappearance of 2 young women...this story is told in reverse...personally I didn't like the structure..too confusing!!!!!!

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gangleshanks
May 22, 2017

Not as good as "Girl on the Train", but still interesting. Plot a little flat and boring until last chapters because of the unusual literary device of beginning 2/3 through the plot, and working back to the beginning. The lesson offered to the reader stilted....seemed the author had a stretch to come up with a "moral" to the story. Or, perhaps I just don't get it?

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