Thursday, June 15, 2017

All the Missing Girls

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda,  371 pages.
Miranda has produced a nice addition to the growing genre of twisting, turning, well-plotted books about missing women. Nic Farrell returns home after a ten-year absence in order to deal with her father, his declining health, and his tumbledown house. She doesn't really want to deal with her brother and his new wife, nor does she want to relive the events that happened right before she left. Ten years ago her best friend, Corrine disappeared. No one knows what happened to her. Did she run away? Did Corrine's potentially violent boyfriend do something? Did Tyler, Nic's sometime ex-boyfriend do something? What about Nic's brother or her father? Her father seems to know something; through the fog of dementia he keeps mentioning seeing "that girl." Plus the fair was in town, and you know how those carnies can be.
While she's home the fair returns and another young woman goes missing. Miranda's reverse chronological tale-telling keeps the suspense going until the end. A good, fast-paced read. Fans of the genre (sub-genre?--Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, etc.) will enjoy.

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