Saturday, 11 June 2016
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda : review
When somebody is missing in a little town everybody knows something about the disappearance they don't share with the police and the people from Cooley Ridge are no exception.
Ten years ago there were three girls and three boys: Nicolette, Corinne and Bailey who where inseparable friends and Tyler, Jackson and Daniel who were tied to them.
Corine, a young and lively girl suddenly vanished into thin air on the last day of the fair, leaving her family and friends behind.
What happened to her? Don't you want to know? Then, you will have to travel with Nicolette back in time and back to the place where it all happened ; the problem is... that it is about to happen again.
In the city Nicolette has a happy life, a flat , a job and a ring on her finger but a letter from her elderly father written in a moment of lucidity claiming to have seen that girl makes her return to Cooley Ridge, her home town . There she has to face the memories of her lost friend, a strained relationship with her brother Daniel, an ailing father and her ex-boyfriend's bright blue eyes.
There is this brilliant literary twist in which the author makes us go fifteen days into the future and then back again day by day.
Another girl has gone missing and the book becomes a page turner as the reader just cannot wait to find out the truth.Each day comes with a new and shocking discovery and not until the very end do we know what really happened .
This is what I felt:
• : a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen (a truth revealed in this case)
• : the act of preparing for something (I was afraid it wasn't going to be good)
The characters are well developed. My favourite character from the very beginning was Everett, Nicolette's Ivy League fiancé who has good listening and problem solving skills. He is someone she can rely on when push comes to shove. Not blue-eyed but reliable and the one who put the ring on her finger, but was he the first one?
Then there is Daniel, her brother, who is difficult to read. I usually dislike people whose faces show little emotion.He's married to Laura and will be a father soon.
Jackson, Corinne's boyfriend ,is somebody who could get away with anything and the prime suspect in her girlfriend's disappearance.
We also have Tyler, Nicolette's blue-eyed high-school sweetheart who has been waiting for her forever in spite of going out with Annaleise, the second girl who disappears and the one who plays a pivotal role in the story.
Many possible suspects and two missing girls, a puzzle Megan Miranda unravels brilliantly because in the end people have to pay their debts.
For many authors whose names shall not be spoken ,the transition from YA literature to adult literature and vice versa is not a successful one. However, Megan Miranda has done it perfectly; if you liked her previous YA books you will definitely love this one.If you like mystery and suspense, if you like to be surprised and if you like reading ,this book is for you.
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.