All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda is a suspenseful, psychological thriller, told in the most unique way. Having read and enjoyed The Girl on the Train, I thought I would buy another recommended thriller and came across this one.
I hesitated at first, as it was compared – very heavily – to Gone Girl. A book I did not finish, as I had a really, hard time getting into the writing style. So I was skeptical, but I’m glad I gave it a shot.
I found the storytelling to be interesting, and kept me on my toes, partly because we need to find out whodunit, but mainly because it’s told backwards. So just as you are getting used to what is happening in a certain place and time, it jumps back and you have to follow along to connect the dots to what you already know.
I’m not going to lie, while it was difficult at first, I quickly caught on, and couldn’t wait to see if my predictions were right.
The story is about Nicolette “Nic” Farrell, who left her hometown in search of a better life, after the disappearance of her best friend Corinne. Ten years later, she has to return, as help her sick father. What she finds is that another young girl is missing, and she is thrown back into her teen hood to relive those old memories of Corinne’s disappearance.
Nic is forced to navigate her memories, come to terms with her relationship with her brother and her father and find a balance between her past life and her new life.
Told over the course of 15 days, Nic battles the demons, attempts to solve the mystery and come to terms with herself – and all the secrets her hometown seems to hold. And there are a lot.
It is an interesting book, that I feel really picked up at the end – or the beginning, since it’s backwards!
All the Missing Girls is dark, haunting and keeps you slightly on edge the whole read. And the reverse-chronological writing style is pretty unique. Definitely worth a read!