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All the Missing Girls: Clear your schedule and read this book now

I can count on one hand the number of books that gripped me the way All the Missing Girls  just did. I read this mystery/thriller over three evenings/late nights, wishing I could clear my schedule to finish it sooner. So, consider this a warning to plan accordingly.

First I should address the structure. After an introduction to set the scene, the story line is presented backwards. Each day for two weeks is presented as a chapter labeled as “the day before.” As the days unfold, or fold?, the details are filled in. This structure may seem gimmicky or confusing, but I can assure you it works well and provides a reading experience rarely equaled.

The story is narrated by Nicollete (Nic) whose best friend disappeared right after they graduated from highschool. When Nic is back in town ten years later to help her ailing father, another girl goes missing in similar circumstances. Secrets and suspicions float around, involving some of the people closet to Nic, including her father who has dementia but keeps saying he has “seen that girl,” her brother, and her ex-boyfriend, who was just dating the girl who most recently disappeared.

Of course I couldn’t help myself from guessing all possible endings and culprits throughout the book, and I am happy to report I did not guess the ending.

In books this gripping with experimental literary techniques, one might assume the quality of the language is lessened, but I didn’t find that to be the case. Miranda’s descriptions and insight to “going home” again, such as how a certain door opens, are relatable. The emotions and feelings presented by Nic throughout are so believable, it reads like a true story. The ending (or beginning, actually) is also believable. I had a minor issue believing one of the details of the ending, but I also can’t imagine a better ending. (So now you have to read so we can discuss this!)

The book is incredibly entertaining, well-written, and a great read for when you just want to be engrossed in a book!

I was provided a complimentary download of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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8 Comments

  1. I have been looking for a good summer read and this sounds like the perfect one. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  2. Sounds like a great read! I love a good thriller book – seems to be the only kind of book that can keep a hold on me for hours!

    Will check this one out 🙂

    • Leslie

      July 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks for reading my review! Yes it is so great to enjoy a book so much. I guess it’s good all are not like this or I wouldn’t get anything else done 🙂

  3. Your review of this book has made me want to read it! It sounds really exciting!

  4. Hi, it sounds good. I have never read a horror story or a book. It looks ao interesting and I am really thinking about buying it . Amazon is saying they will delive it in two days. I will make sure that I click the link on your blog before the purchase and I will let you know how it went…

    • Leslie

      July 5, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Petra, thanks for supporting my blog and I do hope you love the book as much as I did – it’s not too scary – I can’t read total horror!! Let me know how it goes!!

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