Whenever a book is hailed as the next Gone Girl or the next The Girl On the Train, I’m always a little wary because I thought the former was okay and I didn’t like latter. So when the blurb for All The Missing Girls compared it to The Girl On the Train, I had a set of expectations in my head. The book however blew my expectations to shreds.
Nicollete Farrell thinks she has put her hometown of Cooley Ridge behind her. She is engaged to a hotshot lawyer from one of Philadelphia’s most prestigious families and is looking forward to a life which does not include her past. A mysterious note from her father however, brings her back to Cooley Ridge and her past knocking on her door. Ten years ago, her best friend Corrine’s disappearance cast a shadow of suspicion over her bother Daniel, her boyfriend Tyler and herself. Their alibi for then was Annaleise, and when Annaleise now goes missing in an eerily similar manner, Nic is forced to confront and examine everything she knows.
In a lot of ways this book is just like a lot of recent psychological thrillers. A promising future weighed against a dark past; unreliable characters; and a twisty plot that keeps the pages turning. What sets All The Missing Girls apart is that a major part of the story is told in reverse. After setting up the scene, Miranda jumps two weeks into the future and then moves back one day at a time, unravelling what happened a little at a time. This is interesting technique and it takes considerable mental effort to keep track of things and connect them. The dark side of small-town life adds to the atmosphere as secrets are unearthed and relationships are put to the test.
For fans of psychological thrillers and mysteries, All the Missing Girls is a fresh, new, must-read.
FTC disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for this honest review.
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