Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 6/28/2016
My Rating: 4 Stars
A special thank you to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
YA author, (The Safest Lies) Megan Miranda makes her entry into adult fiction with ALL THE MISSING GIRLS — a tightly wound enthralling twisty-psychological mystery; equally suspenseful and haunting tale, surrounding the dark secrets and intriguing disappearances of two young women, a decade apart.
“There is nothing more dangerous, nothing more powerful, nothing more necessary and essential for survival than the lies we tell ourselves.”
From a cast of unreliable characters, and the deep woods full of secrets and memories of crimes buried- the author takes us from the present Day 15-Day 1, working her way backward, where readers will make the shocking discoveries.“The woods have eyes, monsters, and stories.”
“It is quite true what philosophy says; that life must be understood backwards.”—Soren Kierkegaard
Nicolette (Nic) Farrell left the rural small hometown (without the charm) of Cooley Ridge, NC ten years earlier. Corinne Prescott, her best friend disappeared. Life did not turn out the way she had planned.
Tyler never left Cooley Ridge. Daniel, her brother, was stuck here-an insurance adjuster. The mother who never lived to see the dreams (cancer). Her dad losing his mind with dementia.
Can you really go back?
Now, in her thirties, living in Philadelphia, Nic is engaged to Everett. She receives a strange letter from her ailing father, Patrick Farrell with dementia following a stroke. She has to return to help her brother. A father straddling between fact and fiction- now in a facility.
“I need to talk to you. That girl. I saw that girl.”
The ghosts of the past. The dark spaces of the heart. A town full of fear, searching for answers. A town of liars. Nic hated the ghosts who lived here. A girl never found. Truth or dare?
Ten years earlier, around the last two weeks of June—the county fair had been in town. The Ferris wheel. The old investigation focused on Nic, brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend, Jackson. Nic is the only one who escaped the small town.
Presently, Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler (former boyfriend) is dating Annaleise Carter, their younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared.
Within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing. Two girls disappearing without a trace from the same town. The last known words from Annaleise were about Corinne. The woods where Annaleise was last seen. These were the woods they had searched years ago--now once again. She disappears the day after Annaleise texted police with questions about Corinne’s case
Annaleise’s art. Girls, all alone. Exposed, sad, full of longing. Girls passed over, staring out from the walls. Look at us. The one creating, seeing, but never seen. The opposite of Corinne. A field of Sunflowers. Johnson’s Farm. How did Annaleise get her pictures? Who was this girl she had lived beside for years? Five years younger. Someone they barely noticed back then.
The disappearing girls.
Police. A father blurred between reality and memories. Papers. A ring. A box. Friends. A fair. Blackmail. Betrayal. Lies. Motives. Tyler, an old boyfriend she left behind. Would time explain?
Nic had to understand, viewing from Annaleise’s point of view. Starting at the beginning of that night ten years ago. Starting with what she saw at the fair. There was gossip. Infectious and inescapable. The truth, the fiction, tangled.Which parts truly exist? Lies and secrets.
Cover-ups. How far would you go to protect the people you love? The lengths everyone would go for one another. The unraveling, day by day. All secrets come to the surface. Tick-tock. Utterly absorbing, chilling, compelling!
Psychologically rich, mysterious, and pulse-pounding. Miranda provides a perfect set-up, with twists you do not expect.
“It is quite true what philosophy says: that life must be understood backwards. But then one forgets the other principle; that it must be lived forwards.” – Soren KierkengaardFans of David Bell, Chevy Stevens, Jenny Milchman, Julia Heaberlin (Black-Eyed Susans), Jennifer Hillier (Wonderland), Laura Lippman, Alafair Burke, and Heather Gudenkauf,
will appreciate the complexities, and the atmospheric mood, while sustaining suspicion until the final pages.Delighted to discover
this Southern author, presently residing near Charlotte, NC (a native myself, of NC Charlotte-Lake Norman-Davidson, with family residing in the area). Welcome to the adult world!
Looking forward to more.