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“All the Missing Girls” by: Megan Miranda

The oddest thing about this is that I am highly unsure how I really feel about it.

I listened to the audio in its entirety in one day. I can’t imagine how anyone would be able to follow it otherwise.

:::Spoiler alert here on out:::

This entire story is told backwards with time jumps and flashes throughout.

Time is a very important theme here as well as allusions to Alice in Wonderland and the repetition of the phrase Tick Tock.

The two girls (although actually women as one was 18 and the other was in her early 20s when she went missing) were not likeable characters.

I’m actually unsure if the title was supposed to have a double meaning (like not only two girls missing, but also the “missing” out of the clarity of mind for the MC. Like she was “missing” a huge part of herself too???) or if the title is just a misnomer.

Nic was suffering from compartmentalizing and lack of responsibility for her own actions through denial.

My favorite character was, if any of you know anything about my reading preferences by now it is obvious, the Dad!

Why him? Because I love characters in literature that are out of their minds, crazy, or just not all there for whatever reason and who speak truths in a sort of code that others don’t actually know yet/haven’t deciphered. People who are a bit out of time and see things others don’t.

Anyways, the “secrets” revealed of who was actually pregnant, the loss of the baby, and the general “mean girl” trope had me thinking damn with friends like that who needs enemies?!?!

Everett seemed to not know his fiance well enough and yeah they shouldn’t have been getting married without knowing each other better.

I could say so much more here, but I am very tired (I stayed up until 2am to finish this).

All and all, it was a different type of story than what I usually read. I have read murder mysteries before, but not told in this manner and while it was a bit hard to follow at times, I liked that trait. I think the author did a good job here.

I certainly did not guess the whodonit which is rare for me with mystery books as a general rule.

Pretty solid four stars for pure uniqueness and enjoyment of the story even if it was a bit problematical at times which once you have read, you will know exactly what I mean.

Good night.

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

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