All The Missing Girls By Megan Miranda 3 ♥5 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publishing Date: 28th June 2016
*Received this book via Net Galley for an honest review.
Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.
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.
This book is touted as the next ‘The Girl on the Train’ (currently reading) among the book circles and even the book jacket; I suspect a marketing gimmick. I haven’t read it and it gives me an unbiased view on this novel. Since, I don’t have any point of reference, I guess this makes for a fair review.
So the highlight of the novel is the plot unfolds backwards. It progresses from Day 15 to Day 1. The storytelling is atmospheric. It does not reveal the details but it unravels the psychological state of the narrator, i.e. Nic. In the start some character are shown us suspects but apart from the direct reason, the book doesn’t get too much into the motive.
Due to the backwards storytelling, there were some plot holes. The author tried to close the loop but there were a few unanswered questions, especially if you consider the minute details.
True to the genre all the characters are unreliable. Nic seems like the only sane person trying to figure the mess out. The only voice of reason. But no one is truly innocent, are they?
It was a delight to read the author’s description of Corrine. She was complex, flawed and her motives were described beautifully. To me she was intriguing and layered and somewhat closer to surface than others, including the lead.
The description of past and histories of these people was too distant for my taste. Maybe that was intentional due to Nic’s attitude. I would’ve loved to know more about them, their intricacies rather than facts about what they did and didn’t do. Sadly it wasn’t done.
Pace is just right, starts off engaging enough, not too shabby. But towards the end, it seemed like the author just wanted to run through the story and end the novel.
Overall, it was a decent engrossing novel. But it could’ve been better. The unique storytelling was not executed with finesse, it had the potential. I’ve seen many reviews with 5 ratings but I personally felt the plot holes and the interaction with other characters were lacking depth. So I give it 3.
The atmospheric storytelling redeems the negatives however, making it a worthy read.
You want to believe you’re not the saddest person on earth.That there’s someone worse, someone there with you. Someone suffering beside you through the unfathomable sadness.
—Take care, happy reading!—
“Books fall open, you fall in. When you climb out again, you’re a bit larger than you used to be.” – Gregory Maguire