Author: Megan Miranda
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Pages: 384 (Kindle)
My Rating: 8/10
Overview: Nicolette Farrell is a small-town girl with a haunted past. As much as she's tried to keep that past behind her, she must now face it again when she comes home to help take care of her ailing father.
Upon returning, Nic seems to be in a state of deja vue, as a girl goes missing almost 10 years after Nic's best friend had gone missing.
Read All the Missing Girls to find out!
What I loved: Some have been comparing All the Missing Girls to The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl, but I think it's most similar to Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. The book is dark, twisted and nerve-wracking to say the least.
If you grew up in a small town, you will be able to wholly relate to Nic's character. With a small town comes gossip, secrets and rumors galore. Everyone knows everyone and nothing is ever hidden.
The story is unique and fascinating as the author, Megan Miranda, tells the story in reverse-chronological order.
Miranda is a phenomenal writer and I truly enjoyed her writing style. She writes very descriptively and there were several memorable lines and/or paragraphs. I often couldn't stop reading because I just HAD to find out what would happen next, or in this case, what had previously happened.
The ending is the cherry on top of a remarkable story.
What I didn't: As much as I loved the story being told backwards, it was also a double-edged sword for me. I found myself often forgetting what had happened in earlier chapters and had to go back several times to refresh myself.
I highly recommend highlighting (ebook) clues or events you may think is important, it will help you make more sense of the story as it progresses.
I'd even like to go back and re-read the story as I believe the earlier chapters will make more sense to me now.
It was a storytelling method I had to get used to, to truly appreciate its beauty.