Hello, beautiful people! It’s Kim and I’m back with another article! If you clicked/tapped on this article, you’ll know that this is not a SOTW article (although there’s been a ton of good music lately so there’s going to be another SOTW article coming your way pretty soon), but a book review.

I know what you’re thinking: “A BOOK REVIEW? THAT’S SO UNLIKE YOU!”

I will admit that I’m not a huge reader. It’s not that I hate reading. I love it. But with senior year of high school, college, graduation, drama in real life, drama on WHI, and everything else in between, it’s hard to sit down and read a book. Lucky for me, I found some downtime and I picked up a book called “All The Missing Girls” by Megan Miranda, and this is my review of it!

There will be no spoilers, by the way. I’m not that kind of a person.

SUMMARY

Nicolette (Nic) Farrell is a successful young woman in her late twenties living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has her own apartment, a good paying job, oh, and she’s also engaged to a lawyer. Everything is going great for her until she gets a phone call from her brother Daniel about their father, who is in a nursing home and is very ill. She leaves Philly to go back to her small rural hometown of Cooley Ridge to take care of her father, except she hasn’t been back in ten years.

Ten years ago, her best friend Corinne Prescott disappeared with no explanation or note left behind. It affected her, her family, and their friend group. Nic left as soon as she went missing. As soon as she comes back to Cooley Ridge, another girl named Annaliese Carter goes missing, and she just so happens to be the alibi for Nic and her friends who were last with Corinne the night before her disappearance.

The story is told backwards, from Day 15 to Day 1 as Nic tries to uncover what really happened the night Corinne disappeared, as well as discovering shocking truths about the people she’s close with.

REVIEW

I’m sure you’re thinking now, “How the hell can a story be told backward? How does one pull that off?” I thought the same exact thing when I picked this book up for the first time in my school’s library. I sat down and read it, and it all made complete sense.

The effect that writing that story backward has on the overall plot is that it creates suspense. The suspense builds throughout the book as you go backward from present day/in the moment back to the day Annaleise goes missing, and the pieces of the puzzle all start to come together as the book progresses. There’s a lot of loose ends in the beginning like every other book you read, but as the story progresses, you pick up little bits here and there and by the time you get to the (read: very) shocking ending, everything just kind of wraps itself up and leaves you wanting more.

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?

YES. If you’re a suspense/mystery fan, I highly recommend this book. This book is the reason why I haven’t been getting sleep the last few nights because I didn’t want to stop reading it.

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