All the Missing Girls

S. & S. Jun. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781501107962. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501107986. F
OrangeReviewStarNicolette Farrell, placing her life in Philadelphia on hold, embarks on a summer visit to her childhood hometown of Cooley Ridge, NC, to help her brother prepare their family home for sale. The trip forces Nic to recall her abrupt exit from Cooley Ridge a decade ago, following the mysterious (and still unsolved) disappearance of her best friend, Corinne. Nic spends several weeks immersed in clearing the house, visiting her dementia-ridden father, and meeting people from her past. She soon discovers that another local girl has gone missing. As the investigation intensifies and the two cases intersect, Nic starts to question everything she once believed, including the innocence of those in her inner circle.
VERDICT YA author Miranda makes her adult fiction debut with this carefully crafted and riveting thriller that is narrated in reverse chronological order, a tense and unusual reading experience that both disorients and intrigues. Readers will obsessively read backward day by day to uncover gradually the surprise ending.
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