All The Missing Girls
All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016. 273 pages. *****+
Nic Farrell receives a phone call from her brother summoning her home to coordinate her father's care and to sell the family home. Returning home after a 10-year absence is particularly difficult when your high school boyfriend has been hired to work on the house and he shows up with his current girlfriend. Nic shouldn't care because she is engaged to a high power attorney and she has been over Tyler for years, hasn't she? Nic soon realizes that she can't escape her past when her father is questioned about the 10-year disappearance of Nic's friend Corinne. When Tyler's girlfriend also disappears, Nic and her family come under scrutiny and gossip about events from their past. What happened to Corinne and why did Nic sever all ties with her high school friends?
Told in reverse chronological order, this story could have been confusing, but it wasn't. Miranda has created strong believable characters that had me guessing as to which one is the murderer. This is an easy book to lose yourself in, once started you will block everything else out in your day/night to finish it. I love stories that sneak up on me and surprise me, I kept saying to myself..."don't go into the woods..." Surprisingly, no one listened to me. Fast paced, twists and turns, it's a great story when I can't stop thinking about Nic and wondering how and what she is doing now. I am definitely looking forward to future books by Megan Miranda.
I received an Advanced Readers Copy for a review.
Megan Miranda is the author of several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, and Soulprint. She grew up in New Jersey, attended MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. All the Missing Girls is her first novel for adults. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter, or visit MeganMiranda.com.
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