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.

Music Fridays…The Wild Feathers

I enjoyed sharing about The Avett Brothers recently, so I’m back with another music suggestion that you may or may not have heard from.

This week’s suggestion is The Wild Feathers!

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I got hooked on Wild Feathers back in the spring when Lonely is a Lifetime was released and I got curious about some friends talking about them. I looked them up and was quickly sold on them.

Honestly there isn’t a song on this album or their first album that I don’t love.

They’re different, fun, and can be enjoyed by a wide variety of music fans.

Additionally, they are currently on tour with Band of Horses- which is huge in my opinion. I’ll get to see them with BoH in Jackson, MS on September 28. I bought my ticket ( a dang good one at that!) in early July as soon as the concert was announced. I don’t have any friends who were interested in seeing BoH, so I bought a ticket to go by myself. I was SO iffy on this decision, but just a few weeks later Wild Feathers were announced as the opener and I no longer questioned my idea to go to the concert alone. (Spoiler- I’m way more excited to see them than I am to see BoH)

GO HERE (<— click) for a video performing one of the tracks from this album to check them out and see what they’re all about…so go! Let me know what you think 🙂

-Melanie

Drama with substance! + HELP!

The ever (not to ME…) intriguing “drama” books.

WHY?

I get the appeal. Really, I do.

They’re meant for high interest-low level. I get it.

BUT WHY?

Here’s my main issue….wait!

I am NOT judging students by what they like to read. I promise I’m not. I’m happy they’re reading!

Okay now back to my point…I get that “drama” books, as my students call them, are close to reality for many of today’s teens. I understand. However, I also don’t really want them to think the rough lifestyles and poor choices found in those books are okay. I’m GLAD that they think they can relate to the characters in those books, but…I wish they’d aim higher? Is that terrible?

Here’s my aim…there is realistic fiction (oh, hey…look, y’all…that genre has a NAME!) that is both well-written AND still relatable. Personally, I also don’t want to read realistic or contemporary fiction that doesn’t seem, well….realistic. This is why we NEED diversity, y’all. I want these kids to have characters that they can relate to, but that aren’t miles beneath them in style and content. I love me some contemporary romance, but I need those stories to also have a broader range of characters at time that the average high school teenager can relate to.

Is that too much to ask?

What are some of your favorite contemporaries that I can get students hooked on?

-M

Recommendation time!

If you know me, then you know that I’ve fallen in love with Colleen Hoover’s books over the past year. Until two weeks ago, Hopeless and Losing Hope were all that I’d read. However, I’d recommended them to several friends who also got addicted.

Then Slammed was put on a sale a couple weeks ago. I’d bought its sequel Point of Retreat awhile back on sale, so I was prepared for what I was getting into. I read Slammed in one evening and then back tracked to a short story of Hoover’s, Finding Cinderella. The next day I read book two in just a couple of hours.

I find that I get sucked into her books! So, if you’re looking for something new to get addicted to then I suggest ANYTHING from Colleen Hoover. 🙂

-M