Friday, July 15, 2016

All the Missing Girls

Happy Friday!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I am just about ready for my mother's birthday celebration.  She will be 71 this year!  The cake is baked and the whole house smells wonderful.  I will decorate it tomorrow (if I do it now, I will find cake missing later).  I have to dig my mother's gift out of the gift trunk and put them in decorative bags (we are not fans of wrapping). I have these pretty wood trunk that I bought years ago and painted.  I buy gifts ahead of time and hide them in the trunk.  It is one place the dogs and cats cannot get into (though they have tried).  My mother loves sock monkey's, and I made that the theme for her birthday gifts (Christmas will be Ohio State items).  I found a beautiful handmade quilt (to hang on the wall) with a sock monkey on it!  I also found a sock monkey night light!

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda is a story told in reverse (the writer does not pull it off).  Nicolette Farrell has returned to Cooley Ridge to take care of her father’s affairs (clean out the house and put it up for sale) now that he has been moved into an assisted living facility (dementia) by her brother, Daniel.  Nicolette has not been home since she was eighteen and her friend, Corinne Prescott disappeared.  Corinne was never found and no one (except the killer) knows what happened to her. Nicolette is not home long with Annaleise Carter disappears.  It is happening again.  Are the two cases connected in some way?  Join Nicolette, Daniel, and Tyler (Nicolette’s high school boyfriend) as they set out to get answers.

All the Missing Girls was just too confusing.  It starts out in the present day.  After the disappearance of Annaleise Carter, the story speeds ahead to Day 15.  The story is unfolded in reverse (day 15, 14, 13, etc.).  It is confusing.  Information gets repeated a few times.  It did not feel like a suspense or thriller book until I was about 85% of the way through the book.  Then it gets a wee bit more interesting (and a little icky).  I found the novel to be slow paced and the majority of the characters are unlikeable.  All the Missing Girls did not hold my interest (and I really did not want to finish it).  At the end of the book we are still left with unanswered questions (which made me really dislike this book).  The story is told in the first person (which did not help it).  I give All the Missing Girls 1.5 out of 5 stars (it was a clever idea to tell a book in reverse order).  This book was just not for me (as you can tell).

You can follow Megan Miranda on Amazon.  I received a complimentary copy of All the Missing Girls in exchange for an honest and fair review.

May all of you have a good evening.  There are two science-fiction shows on tonight (if you like that type of program).  Killjoys and Dark Matter are on the Syfy channel.  I am currently reading Show Time by Suzanne Trauth.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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