Sunday, June 12, 2016

#Book #Review. . .All The Missing Girls. . .#BookBoost

About The Book

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.


Wow! If you ever saw the movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, you’ll have a new respect for recalling detail backward. Nic Farrell was enjoying life outside of Cooley Ridge. What was there not to enjoy—she’s engaged to a prominent attorney who was born with a silver spoon, she had a great job working as a counselor, all the while the two young hopefuls were about to embark on wedded bliss and all life had to offer. Unfortunately, her father wasn’t doing so well, and her old hometown was once again summoning for her return. 

Nic did return to all the secrets and ghosts she vowed never to revisit ever again, but as she soon discovered, she may have left those ghosts behind, but you can’t take Cooley Ridge out of the girl. Poor Nic, what was she to do? Her best friend from childhood has conjured up mixed emotions and many sleepless nights. There were too many questions and never enough answers for the small town. Her reception home wasn’t the greatest, but she made it through with the help of her brother, Daniel, and her ex-lover/boyfriend, Tyler. Corrine Prescott went missing a decade ago, and Corrine’s spirit has left Nic, her brother and Tyler in quite a quandary. The townspeople still want to know what happened to Corrine, as does Nic. After all, Corrine was her bestie and they did everything together, even to the point of playing truth or dare. Corrine was a typical 18-year old eager to get her life going and to see what possibilities lay ahead. One fateful night at the County Fair changed the course that each of their lives would follow.

Nic’s fiancĂ©e was eager to assist her and Daniel with stopping the police from questioning her father—for whom they believed held the key to Corrine’s disappearance then. The question was, did he know anything, and if he did, would he finally clear his conscience? But there was another person who was even more eager to find out what really happened to Corrine Prescott, Miss Annaleise Carter. Annaleise asked the right questions, but the answer she received would ultimately leave her still searching. She, too, ends up missing and now Cooley Ridge is left scratching their heads wondering what the hell was going on? Nic comes home and another girl goes missing. Was there a connection? 

As the reader begins the countdown of fifteen days after Annaleise Carter goes missing, you will wonder no more and all your questions will be answered leaving you stunned. What an exciting read! I found myself having to truly concentrate on the facts because each chapter is the day before and the sequence isn’t the way most authors would spin a tale, but Miranda did an outstanding job in keeping you moving forward and all the mystery that comes along with it.

Mello and June gives, All the Missing Girls five stars and counting. I loved that this starts at the end and brings you to the beginning. As I replay the story in my mind, I can see how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. What a smart way to write a book! I don’t know how Miranda kept the order together in her mind. One would think she had some serious notes because I found myself going back a chapter and realizing that had already happened, and now I’m getting to the why it happened. The dynamics of how this story was written brought to mind another book, House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III—a five-star good read as well. He masterfully told the story from every character’s view—wherein depending on which characters were interacting, the opposite character would tell their story from his own view. Each chapter was crafted like that and allowed the reader to see everyone’s point. Simply Brilliant!

I absolutely loved this story! When an author can tell a story like this with all the complexities, while keeping the story intact, makes for a great storyteller. Miranda is definitely one such writer. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I hated to put it down because each day before chapter I couldn’t wait to find out what lay ahead. All the Missing Girls goes on sale on June 28, 2016. Make sure you get your copy! It’s available for you to add to your Goodreads book shelves now. I’d highly recommend it! Happy Reading, Intellectual Minds!

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

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