“All The Missing Girls” by Megan Miranda is definitely a captivating thriller. However, when I first began reading it, I thought I wasn’t going to like the book for two main reasons. The first being the simple language used –it feels very YA. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy YA books, but since this novel isn’t considered one I was expecting a more challenging narrative. The second reason I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy it was due to the recurring use of clichés surrounding the south. It reminded me a bit of the movie Sweet Home Alabama starring Reese Witherspoon, replacing the comedy with suspense and missing girls.
For those of you who haven’t read it, “All The Missing Girls” is about Nicolette Farrell (Nic) returning to her hometown, Cooley Ridge, ten years after her best friend, Corinne Prescott, went missing. The story is told backwards, starting on Day 15 after her arrival at Cooley Ridge, making its way up to Day 1. At first, it was a bit confusing, since we’re used to reading to stories in chronological order. During her stay, Nic starts digging up the bones from her past and finally learns what happened to Corinne that night after they left the town fair –and how it all relates to the disappearance of Annalise, a woman a few years younger than Nic who was just declared missing.
Nic was a likable character, I was even able to relate to her at times. But during certain moments when she recalled her past, it was obvious she’d made the wrong choices —you can’t just run away from yourself, Nic. Furthermore, Corinne could be a good example of borderline personality disorder, she was too intense, a messed up eighteen-year-old. She needed help, and in a moment of loneliness, she made a decision that changed not only her destiny but the rest of the character’s as well.
Overall rating: 4/5
“If there’s a feeling to home, it’s this. A place where there are no secrets, where nothing stays buried: not the past and not yourself.”
Though I’ve heard that “The Perfect Stranger” isn’t as good as this one, I look forward to reading more from the author.
‘Til next time!