Disclaimer: There may be some spoilers. I have tried to keep them to a minimum, but you have been warned.
After leaving home ten years earlier, Nicolette is must return home to help her brother prepare to sell their family home. A letter arrives before leaving Philadelphia from her senile father that opens up her dark past and the mysterious disappearance of a childhood friend. Returning home, she finds that not much has changed in the sleepy town and it seems history is repeating itself. Another girl has gone missing and there is no running away this time as Nicolette is forced to deal with her past.
All the Missing Girls was my thriller choice for my fall reading list and what a great choice it was. I finished this book in a day and a half. I couldn’t put it down!
All the Missing Girls is told from day 15 – day 1. I was a little skeptical about the story layout thinking that I would know the end of the story before it even began, but it kept me guessing the entire time which became my favorite part of the book. Seeing the characters at the end of the journey and experiencing the day-to-day growth or demise of the character was captivating.
The characters in the book are relatable. So relatable, in fact, that I felt like I know them (or at least a version of them). The runaway, the protector, the wild child, and the unrequited love. These are all people we have been in our lives, in one way or another. You know these people and can relate to their inner turmoil.
The scenes in the book are easy to follow with no long descriptive paragraphs (or chapters) that describe the surroundings unless it pertains to the plot. If the woods are being described, then there is a reason. Also, the book reads like a movie and I could see each scene playing out in my head.
I cannot stop raving about All the Missing Girls. The scenes are captivating, the characters relatable, and the story moves and keeps you engaged for the entire book. If you’re looking for a thriller that isn’t full of body counts and bloody scenes, then this book is for you.
Would I recommend it?
Absolutely! And I have recommended it to anyone who will listen. Fair warning, if you are sensitive to language then there are a few choice words, but they are in context and not a focus of a character’s vocabulary.
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