Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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.
(Summary via NetGalley.com)
I picked up this book after reading The Passenger, even though I still don’t count myself as a huge thriller fan. This one didn’t quite live up to the level of The Passenger, but to my surprise, I still really enjoyed it and found myself racing to get to the end.
Nic is back in town to help her brother deal with their elderly father’s affairs when a young woman disappears, reminding Nic of the disappearance of her best friend ten years earlier. After the initial setup, the story is told backwards, which is a really interesting concept. At first I thought the backwards timeline wouldn’t work, but it actually turned out pretty well. I sometimes had difficulty remembering what had happened when, but it was a smart way of keeping the reader in the dark until the very end, making you wonder what each character was hiding and who they were protecting.
I found part of the “twist” at the end pretty predictable, but was totally surprised by the other part. It was fascinating to see each reveal happen and realize that Nic has been dealing with this information all along (backwards timeline in action!). The themes of the fluidity of time and how you can never truly leave your past behind you are threaded throughout the book, and I really enjoyed that. All the Missing Girls was dark, heart pounding, and surprising–everything a good thriller should be.
Rating: Pretty Darn Good