All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda, will be published on June 28, 2016 by Simon & Schuster. I received an electronic ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mopey, directionless Nicollette Farrell returns to her North Carolina hometown ten years after her best friend Corinne disappeared. Soon, another girl – who had been dating Nic’s ex-boyfriend and who may or may not have known something about the night Corinne disappeared – also vanishes. What sets this book apart is the fact that it’s told backwards over 15 days.
I had a weird relationship with this book. I hit a crime fiction streak for a few weeks, found this book and its comparisons with Girl on the Train, so I signed on. I read about 30% of the book and then I hit a wall. The backwards time structure, which might appeal to many readers, didn’t do it for me. I never felt the sense of urgency of a traditional crime novel (and I sure as heck got very confused by the structure). Things pick up near the end – and there’s an impressive twist – but it wasn’t enough to make me really like the book.