Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.
My take: 4 looks
When I found out that this story was told backwards, I was immediately interested! There have been books with flashbacks, books with the end told at the beginning, and so on, but this book is literally told backwards. I LOVED that about the storytelling!
Miranda’s writing is good, as well. Characters were believable and well-fleshed out. The protagonist’s relationship with her father and her brother felt extremely real, and her other various relationships were well-suited to the story.
The action built a sense of dread, as well as enticed me to read faster and faster to find out what had happened “the day before”, as the chapters are titled. As promised in another review, I wanted to reread the book from the beginning as soon as it was finished. You know, knowing what I know now…
The only thing I would change here is the title of the book. While I am loathe to voice a problem without a possible suggestion to change, I cannot think of another title that would reflect the jewel that this book is. “All the Missing Girls” is milquetoast compared to the pages between the covers. Something that would grab your eyes from the bookstore shelf. Something that would make your breath stop until you picked it up to read the back summary. I have thought and thought, with nothing coming to mind.
Regardless, pick this one up, suggest it for your book club, and pass it to your friends. It is worth every minute.
Thank you to NetGalley for a prerelease of this book in exchange of my honest review.