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  • 14 person found this review helpful

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    This will haunt you long after reading

    Wow, just wow. I'm not even sure how to review this book as it's not like anything I've read before. It gets five stars because I can't stop thinking about it. When I read the marketing blurb for the book I thought it sounded different and intriguing. Once I began reading this book, I thought it was a bit confusing....who writes a novel backwards? Oddly enough, not only does it work, it excels. This story wouldn't have worked with a traditional novel structure and I applaud the author for taking a unique approach. The premise has been well summarized by the publisher, so to avoid spoilers, I'm just sticking to my reaction to the book. If the blurb intrigues you, then take a chance and read this book....then stick with it for a few chapters. Once you've read a bit, you won't be able to put it down. I suspect that, like me, once you've finished this novel that it will continue to haunt you. While this is the first book I've read by this author, I have added her to my must read authors' list.
  • 11 person found this review helpful

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    Great read, totally unpredictable

    The foreword describes the book as being told in reverse, which is a very unique approach. This is the story of two young women who disappear a decade apart, from the same small town in North Carolina and the players are the same in each instance. The book was well-written, and Nic's internal dialogue was well-crafted. The characters are well-developed, but as you keep reading you learn more about them and your opinion keeps changing. The book is suspenseful, as each piece of information is revealed, but not quite fully, as we are working backwards in time. You receive the end result, but the how is missing and you are left wondering (in a good way!). There are plot twists, and times you are entirely wrong in your expectations, which just this just keeps the suspense going. This was a great read, totally unpredictable and will keep your attention all the way to the end.
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    Great read

    I was one of the lucky one who got an advance reading copy. From page 1, I was taken by the story and I found it quite refreshing that the investigation is going backwards; it kept me on the edge of my seat because I was trying to solve the case with the "missing" clues that came later on to explain the where and when something was found.
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    All the missing girls

    Amazing read! I couldn't put it down. The story was completely captivating and the character development was outstanding.
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    Written in reverse!

    All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda is a story told in reverse (the writer does not pull it off). Nicolette Farrell has returned to Cooley Ridge to take care of her father’s affairs (clean out the house and put it up for sale) now that he has been moved into an assisted living facility (dementia) by her brother, Daniel. Nicolette has not been home since she was eighteen and her friend, Corinne Prescott disappeared. Corinne was never found and no one (except the killer) knows what happened to her. Nicolette is not home long with Annaleise Carter disappears. It is happening again. Are the two cases connected in some way? Join Nicolette, Daniel, and Tyler (Nicolette’s high school boyfriend) as they set out to get answers. All the Missing Girls was just too confusing. It starts out in the present day. After the disappearance of Annaleise Carter, the story speeds ahead to Day 15. The story is unfolded in reverse (day 15, 14, 13, etc.). It is confusing. Information gets repeated a few times (because of the reverse order). It did not feel like a suspense or thriller book until I was about 85% of the way through the book (I was bored and kept yawning). Then it gets a wee bit more interesting (and a little icky). I found the novel to be slow paced and the majority of the characters are unlikeable. All the Missing Girls did not hold my interest (and I really did not want to finish it). At the end of the book we are still left with unanswered questions (which made me really dislike this book). The story is told in the first person (which did not help it). I give All the Missing Girls 1.5 out of 5 stars (it was a clever idea to tell a book in reverse order). This book was just not for me. I received a complimentary copy of All the Missing Girls in exchange for an honest and fair review.
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