All The Missing Girls – Megan Miranda
Hard copy book edition
“Missing girls had a way of working their way into someone’s head. You couldn’t help but see them in everyone – how temporary and fragile we might be.” – Nicolette Farrell
Ten years earlier, Nicolette’s best friend vanished into thin air.
Ten years earlier, Nic left Cooley Ridge after her best friend vanished into thin air.
Ten years earlier, Nic left the love of her life, Tyler, after her best friend vanished into thin air.
Nic thought it was all behind her. After all, it was ten years ago.
Only then she gets word that her father isn’t doing well and she needs to come back home. Home. Otherwise known as Cooley Ridge, North Carolina.
Otherwise known as the place with too many secrets.
The place with the woods.
But Nic knows all to well that the woods have eyes and secrets never stay buried, especially when someone goes missing and those secrets are forced out. Because that’s what happened with Corinne’s investigation. It broke them open and apart.
And now, fate seems poised to do it again. Because in the midst of attempting to help her brother with their ailing father, Nic finds herself smack dab in the middle of another investigation involving a second missing girl.
This time it’s Annaleise Carter. Although it’s ten years later and Annaleise is twenty-three, Nic can’t help but see her as a thirteen year old girl, the same thirteen year old girl who somehow got swept up into the mess of Corinne’s disappearance. She had been Nic’s alibi, as well as Tyler, Nic’s boyfriend, and Daniel, Nic’s brother.
Only Annaleise isn’t a kid anymore. She’s a young woman. A young woman who has been dating Nic’s ex, Tyler. A young woman whose curiosity about Corinne could cause Nic and the people she cares about a lot of trouble…
…just like Corinne.
All The Missing Girls is quite a ride of a novel. Told in reverse chronological order, Miranda leaves her readers grasping for more as she weaves a delicious web of lies and half-truths, and delves deep into the various sordid relationships between all of these characters and what part, if any, each person played in the disappearance of Corinne and Annaleise, as well as posing one very important question:
Can you ever really escape your past?
Conclusion: 3.5/5 stars