My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I had seen the cover for this book some time ago, and when I came across it at the library as available to borrow I figured I would give it a try.
All the Missing Girls is a tale of a girl named Nicolette who returns to her hometown of Cooley Ridge after a decade of being away in order to care for her ailing father. Ten years ago, Nicolette’s best friend, Corinne disappeared without a trace. Now, in present day, another girl, Annaleise, goes missing and the past comes back to haunt Nicolette.
The story itself was fantastic. It was really well thought out as far as characters, relationships, and motives. Megan Miranda made everything come together really well. However, the timeline and sequencing were a little difficult for me to appreciate. The story was told backwards from Day 14 of Annaleise’s disappearance to Day 1. While I appreciated the attempt at uniqueness and the novelty of the story being told in reverse, I had a really hard time following the story line. I also thought it was a bit strange that the “climax” of the story was on Day 1, but all the days that followed didn’t really play into the main characters’ attitudes and actions very well from previous chapters. I guess I would have expected their actions to have been different in earlier chapters given how the book ended.
As far as the audiobook was concerned, the narrator, Rebekkah Ross, did a great job portraying Nicolette. Her narration was engaging from beginning to end and made me believe the story. Again, the reverse-nature of the timeline was difficult, particularly as an audiobook. I think if I had read the book instead, it may have been easier to follow.
Overall, I did enjoy the book and would give it a high rating. I would even recommend to others. But would probably suggest reading as opposed to listening.