Mystery in Reverse- All the Missing Girls

In case it was noticed, I have been short on actual reviews lately. So, that’s a correct notice. However, it is not from lack of trying. I have had the most difficult time finishing a book lately!

That brings me to THIS review. A friend I worked with during college texted me about a month ago and asked if I’d be interested in a book club with some of our other mutual friends. Well, of course. …but wait- we have to pick a beginning book if we’re going to try that. Looks for a job for…the librarian friend.

Y’all, it’s HARD to find a book for a GROUP, especially when I don’t know 2 of them THAT well to know what they’d like. So I decided to play it safe with a thriller I’d been wanting to read- All the Missing Girls.

Book Info:

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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.


My Thoughts:

I’m so glad that I picked this book for my group! AtMG is different in that it tells the story backwards. You get a short beginning and the story starts at 15 days out all the way up to the day of the incident.

The book also includes flashbacks to a similar incident 10 years prior and how it ties into the story.

Now, I’d be lying if I said that I was hooked from the very beginning. I don’t read a lot of adult fiction as it is, let alone thrillers, so I was lost for a bit and slightly non-nonchalant towards the story. That quickly changed.

I was drawn to the unique storytelling and enjoyed how it was telling everything backwards. The ending provided a great twist that I did not expect.

I highly suggest All the Missing Girls and will definitely be reading more from Megan Miranda like this as she has another “missing girls” book coming out soon.

Review: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

Summary from Amazon:

Heads will roll!

Paris, France: a city of fashion, chocolate croissants, and cute boys. Colette Iselin is thrilled be there for the first time, on her spring break class trip. 

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place around the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours the sights, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks like Marie Antoinette. 

Colette knows her status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they discover that the murder victims are all descendants of people who ultimately brought about Marie Antoinette’s beheading. The queen’s ghost has been awakened, and now she’s wreaking her bloodthirsty revenge. 

And Colette may just be one of those descendants . . . which means she might not make it out of this trip alive.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of betrayal, glamour, mystery, history–and one killer queen.

 

My Review:

Get this book. Point blank.

This is a new middle grade book that releases on September 24. I got it from NetGalley because it is a featured pick for Scholastic’s Book Fair this fall. As librarian, I like to stay up-to-date on current books so that I can give my students great recommendations. Several of my girls are always asking about mysteries or scary books. I don’t necessarily want to point them towards Goosebumps because…they’re girls. That said, this seemed like the perfect choice. The book starts right into the excitement and gives us a glimpse of Antoinette. It then jumps to our main character, Collete. She goes on a school trip to Paris and is excited to hopefully learn about her French ancestry. LIttle does she know- she will learn more than she ever anticipated! 

MASK is full of excitement and has a great pacing that middle school girls will love. I can’t wait for my school’s book fair so I can share this one with my kids. I’m already planning to purchase a copy for the library! Also- look how awesome the cover is!

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