All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Originally published on January 28, 2016
“He wasn’t losing his mind, he was just lost within it. There was a difference.”
“‘That clock,’ he said, pointing behind him. ‘It’s not measuring time. It’s creating it.’”
“A story is the most simplified version of events.”
“But she was just a kid, eighteen, and bursting out of her skin. Believing the world would bend to her will. Must’ve torn her up something good the first time she realized it wouldn’t.”
“Push but not too hard; crack but do not break.”
“The darkness lives in everyone.“
“It wasn’t in church but in moments like this when I maybe believed in God or something like that. Some order to the chaos, some meaning. That we collide with the people we need, that we meet the ones who will love us, that there’s some underlying reason to everything.”
“Someone couldn’t help himself. But she brought it on herself, obviously. That’s what you say to convince yourself: It will never be me.”
“You want to believe you’re not the saddest person on the earth. That there’s someone worse, someone there with you. Someone suffering beside you through the unfathomable darkness.”
“How many people out there are responsible for some tragedy and don’t even know it?”
“Even the strong are lonely. Even the adored are sad.“
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.
Goodreads Rating: 3.79/5 stars
My Rating: 3/5 stars
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense