I received an advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Nicolette Farrell has returned to her rural hometown to help her brother to tie up things on their father’s house now that his dementia has forced him to be put into a home.
It’s been ten years since she left, she now has a huge rock on her finger from her hot-shot city lawyer fiance, her brother’s wife is heavily pregnant and everything about her life feels so much more grown up.
So, it feels rather perverse when her ex-boyfriend’s young girlfriend suddenly goes missing in circumstances very similar to the disappearance of her best friend ten years ago, with an intrusive investigation that centred on her circle of friends.
We follow Nic until the day of the second girl’s disappearance, and then skip two weeks ahead when the story is told backwards day by day.
Life in a rural town is really explored well in this book, and the heat and oppression of a stifling summer mirrors the suffocation felt in a small town where everybody knows everybody else’s business.
The drip-feed of information and knowledge kept the tension high, and towards the end of the book it became a real page-turner.
However, even though I really enjoyed the story, I’m not altogether sure that the backward storytelling actually added much to it. I occasionally found it a bit distracting as I was always trying to think “Well, wouldn’t somebody have mentioned that fact the following day again?” So, an interesting concept to explore, but I’m almost tempted to read each day in the right order to make sure it makes sense 🙂
I definitely enjoyed it though – tense and well-paced.
All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda will be published on 28th June.