I was recently in beautiful Jamaica to escape the winter and in search of some much needed chill time. I found it and in addition to swimming, eating good food and more, I read 5 books! And they were all really great so I decided to create a vacation series to tell you about them and in the future, I might pull other reads into this category as sometimes you just need a good vacation read!
All The Missing Girls was on my holiday list because Indigo had promoted it as a “page-turner” and that’s one of my favourite book descriptions ever. Plus, who doesn’t want to read a book that you can’t put down. I have to say, I am really glad that I found it under the tree and that I saved it for my trip. “Page-turner” is not actually enough of a description for this book. I said “WOW” out loud when I finished it and I had a book hangover from it.
All the Missing Girls is told from the perspective of Nicolette Farrell, who is returning home to care for her aging father. She leaves her life in Philadelphia and her fiancé, Everett, behind for the summer and as it was noted in the book, going home isn’t easy. Nic left her hometown of Cooley Ridge as a teenager, just after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared and now all these years later, another young woman vanishes. Annaleise was younger than Nic but they, as I learned, are connected in many ways.
The story is told backwards after an introduction of sorts – it starts at day 15 and works backwards each day to the day after Nic gets home. The day Annaleise disappeared. It was a really interesting way to read the story, as those 15 days were very intense and full of twists. Except, you don’t know enough of the why until you read on to the day before. As each day passed, it felt like there were clues and my mind raced trying to connect all the dots. I just wanted to find out what happened 10 years ago and what has now happened to Annaleise.
I can’t quite recall reading a book like this one where the characters are fleshed out and the story is built backwards. Partway through, I got worried that it wouldn’t be wrapped up or loop back to present time – there didn’t seem to be enough pages left! It was a genuine concern because I was really enjoying the story – the characters from the past, a father who is in and out of reality, a worried fiancé and so many secrets. But Megan Miranda delivered in a really big way. She is a YA author and this was her first adult novel. I hope it’s not her last.
If you like page-turners or books with good twists and great story, this is a great book. Perfect for vacation or just your next read!