Saturday, October 8, 2016

All the Missing Girls By Megan Miranda

She left town ten years ago and has never looked back.  Her best friend went missing, she and her friends were interviewed about that last evening at the park, and the cops found nothing even if they made everybody questioned a pariah in the town.  Those questioned the most were found guilty even though there was no charge.  It was too painful to live there anymore so she left...

Simon and Schuster sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.

I wasn't sure how I would like reading this since the story goes backwards.  When Nic comes back to town because of a note her father sent her (he has memory problems and is in a nursing home), staying in her old home makes her memory work again.  Her old boyfriend is still there.  Her brother is still critical and hard to get along with.  And she begins thinking back to the night her friend disappeared.  The story moves from the current time back to the day of incident ten years ago.  It was interesting and unusual.  It worked though.

They thought she was pregnant and maybe her boyfriend killed her.  He tells Nic that he never slept with her.  Poor Nic doesn't realize some of the past was hidden from her by the men who loved her.  She also doesn't remember (or doesn't want to remember) some parts that she's hidden in her own mind.  Then another girl goes missing.  Right before that happens, she gets braced with a blackmail offer to keep incriminating information confidential.  The missing girl is the one that had the information but Nic didn't kill her.  

The plot gets hairier and hairier and ends with the facts known by the family but hid from the police and public.  This is an almost dangerous family but they support and defend each other.  And, despite all the odds, Nic is happy she's come back home and she decides to stay there.  It's not home that keeps her there.  It's the people and family that love her...

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