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: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

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Book info:

Release date: 8.25.15

In this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the time …

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females — an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.

But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia becomes trapped. And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.

Ghost girls wander the hallways in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia learns that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, too, harbors shocking truths within its walls — truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.

And she’ll need to act quickly — before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.

Katie Alender brings heart-pounding suspense, gorgeous writing, and a feminist twist to this tale of memories and madness.

My Thoughts:

Two things:

  1.      I adore Katie Alender’s books. They’re so fun and have just the right amount of creepy/scary going on. LOVE.
  2.     I’m ordering this for school and it will be my new go-to when students ask for a “scary book.” (But really…why are high school students asking for a “scary book”?)

I got this ARC back in July and took forever to finish it. Things are crazy with the beginning of a new school year. That doesn’t mean I didn’t love the book though. This may actually be my new favorite book from Alender!

I initially felt bad for Delia. Yeah, she made a mistake, but she wasn’t really a BAD girl. Then again, we learn that most all of the other inhabitants of the house were misunderstood as far as their behavior goes. However, as far as the storyline goes…despite my lack of TIME, I found that I was constantly wanting to know what the heck was going on with Delia. What was the story behind the house? Was there any way to fix the situation?

Fans of Alender, and thriller fans in general, are going to love this one. I, for once, can’t wait to get a copy in my library and get my students hooked on the story. They’re going to enjoy it so much!

4/5 stars!

-Melanie