Ten years ago, Nicollette (Nic) Farrell’s best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge after leaving an amusement park. Nic and her friends were under suspicion and investigated. After that, Nic fled the town to start a new life in Philadelphia. Now Nic is a counselor and engaged to Everett, a wealthy attorney. When Nic receives an urgent call from her brother, Daniel, she returns home to Cooley Ridge to help him. They must fix up and sell the family home to raise money to help pay for the medical expenses of their father who is in an assisted care facility. Their father is losing his grip on reality and keeps saying that “he saw the girl on the porch” and “Nic is in danger”.
Cooley Ridge is like a lot of small southern towns where everyone know you and rumors circulate freely. Nic thought that she had left that life behind her but when she arrives home, another girl, Annaleise, goes missing. Annaleise was the alibi for Nic and her group the night that Corinne disappeared. Suddenly history is repeating itself and Nic, Tyler, her high school boyfriend, and Jackson, Corinne’s boyfriend are once again under scrutiny. Nic and Daniel’s father might also be involved.
All The Missing Girls was written in a unique way. It is told backward from Day 15 to Day 1 from the time that Annaleise went missing. There is a lot going on in this book with twists and turns and secrets revealed. This book is billed as a “psychological thriller” but I didn’t find it to be that thrilling. I often found that I was getting confused with the plot and had to keep going back to see if I had missed something. I still have questions about a couple of things in it. Maybe if I had been able to sit down and read it all at once, I would have liked it more. While the mystery was good and I wanted to find out what happened to the girls, the plot lost momentum for me with the writing style.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book.