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All the Missing Girls

All the Missing Girls

A Novel

Book - 2016
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***A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER***

A New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice"
Entertainment Weekly -- Thriller Round-Up
The Wall Street Journal -- 5 Killer Books for 2016
Hollywood Reporter -- Hot Summer Books...16 Must Reads

"This thriller's all of your fave page-turners (think: Luckiest Girl Alive , The Girl on the Train , Gone Girl ) rolled into one." -- TheSkimm

"Both [Gillian] Flynn's and Miranda's main characters also reclaim the right of female characters to be more than victim or femme fatale ... All the Missing Girls is set to become one of the best books of 2016." -- Los Angeles Review of Books

"Extremely interesting...a novel that will probably be called Hitchcockian." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Are you paying attention? You'll need to be; this thriller will test your brain with its reverse chronological structure, and it's a page-turner to boot." -- Elle

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive , Megan Miranda's novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women--a decade apart--told in reverse.

It's been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne's case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne's boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic's younger neighbor and the group's alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic's return, Annaleise goes missing.

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.

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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501107962
1501107968
9781501107979
1501107976
Branch Call Number: FIC MIRANDA 2016
Characteristics: 371 pages ; 24 cm

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WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

I really enjoyed this book!! Had me hooked from the very beginning and it was torture to put down. I actually really enjoyed the fact that the story was told
Backwards - it was really interesting and the more we found out the better the perspective was!

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hannahbfox1
Nov 24, 2020

This was such a creative concept. Definitely the first book I've read that works through the story backwards. I wouldn't say I want all books to read this way, but definitely kept my brain churning, remembering what I'd already learned, and connecting clues to what I was reading. The story was pretty good but I do feel like there was one large plot hole that I wish the author closed up at the end. Four stars, would recommend.

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SandyAKAR
Aug 19, 2020

I like Tess Gerritsen's writing and usually listen to titles in audiobook cd format. I used "Tess Gerritsen" as my search term and got a nice long list. I found however for quite a number of the titles in the list, the description that appeared might include more than one format, but did not include the listing for an audiobook cd or MP3 CD verswion offered in the general search page.

This is difficult to describe. It happened with several titles. Try it, and you will see what I mean:

A good example would be a Search for "Tess Gerritsen", and from that list opening a tab for "The Silent Girl" so I could get a description of the plot before deciding to put it on hold or on the For Later list

What appears is a "The Silent Girl" with a listing for the book in print and ebook formats only. Audiobook CD and Large print options are missing via this search.

I then tried going back up to the search bar at the top of the page and searching for that particular title. I got my plot description and the full list of formats available.

Procedurally, something seems to be missing here.

Second confusing experience:

When I tried to submit a feedback comment, which I have done fairly recently on another broader issue, I kept getting referred to a variety of lists, ex. _MORE catalogs; Catalog info; Research page, etc., which seem to be static lists

I think this is not a static problem, and may at this time seem picayune, but I have worked on upgrades before and these things will someday come back to bite us in the unforseen.

All in all though, I am finding the catalog much less cumbersome and much faster at looking for what I want or hope to be in the pooled collection.

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apedersen14
Feb 19, 2019

Was not generally impressed by this book. Was excited to read it from the title, and was let down by it. Bland thriller with no real twists to it. Characters were mundane and over done. On to the next!

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brangwinn
Sep 30, 2018

I struggled with the reverse order of this book. Once I settled in and concentrated on this format, the story was as compelling a psychological thriller as I’ve read.

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moniones
Jul 26, 2018

I LOVED this book! For anyone who said it shouldn't have been written backwards or it was too confusing...they're wrong. It was so clever. The storyline, the characters, the plot, everything was brilliant. I couldn't stop flipping through the pages. Megan Miranda stole my heart again.

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brickl
Jun 19, 2018

I tried to continue reading this book even though I really didn't like the reverse order the author used. I continued to read a bit, put the book down in frustration only to give it another chance. Halfway through, I couldn't read anymore. With each reverse chapter the reader has to start from scratch. I do not recommend this book.

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RebelBelle13
Jun 16, 2018

So first of all.... ALL of the missing girls? Really? Only two are missing, and if you count Nic's metaphorical disappearance (which you know the author does) we're still only up to three. I guess A Handful of Missing Girls doesn't roll off the tongue the same way?
Seriously though, as thrillers go, this one is rather run of the mill when it comes to the big-city-girl-revisiting-past-in-small-town. There are skeletons that get dragged out of closets, old boyfriends come calling, and life takes up pretty much where it left off when the girl said goodbye. The only difference here is that the story is told in reverse. We start with Nic showing up to her small town from the big city, and then we get a count down from Day 15 backwards. It is very hard to follow at times- and though I found myself referring to previous chapters as the days were counting down, I feel as though I missed a lot of callbacks due to the confusing way the book was laid out. This is a book you really want to read in only a few sittings- because if you take too long to read it, none of the pieces will come together in the way that they are supposed to. I wonder if I read it backwards, if the plot would make more sense? If I truly enjoyed the book, I might actually try that as an interesting re-read. Unfortunately, Nicolette is a rather unlikable character, and I would have much rather followed Tyler or even Daniel instead of her. She's quiet, indecisive, and a liar. She is difficult at times to read, and I realize that is how the plot is unfolding- but I still don't care for her.
The only saving grace here was how everything came together in the end. Most things did make sense, but it happened very quickly, and you have to slog through 12 days to get to the good stuff.

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megangell214
Jun 09, 2018

I really enjoyed this novel. I LOVED how it went backwards in time. slowly learning about the past day by day. It definitely felt confusing in the beginning with all the characters but as you go along you learn about them all and who they are. I really enjoyed how it made you have to stop and think and remember you were going in reverse but I would definitely recommend!!

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nwilmet
May 24, 2018

This book ended up being a good read. However, I thought the book went on for way too long and I found the backwards in time writing style to be very confusing.

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gangleshanks
May 22, 2017

Not as good as "Girl on the Train", but still interesting. Plot a little flat and boring until last chapters because of the unusual literary device of beginning 2/3 through the plot, and working back to the beginning. The lesson offered to the reader stilted....seemed the author had a stretch to come up with a "moral" to the story. Or, perhaps I just don't get it?

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