Reviewed by Lucy Barre’
Spilling your darkest secrets for a cold examination by someone else takes a lot of courage. Unfortunately, the choice to divulge is not black and white, and cover-ups can bury the truth for years. Protagonist Nicolette Farrell is all too aware of this fact in All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda.
Cooley Ridge, a small town in North Carolina, was home to Nicolette Farrell and many conspiracies. Shortly after high school graduation, her best friend Corrine disappeared. She was never found, and now history is repeating itself with Annaleise Carter. As the new investigation commences, questions from the past are revisited, and old secrets are revealed. However, even an unraveling web cannot explain where all the missing girls went.
All the Missing Girls is written to reveal subtle twists and surprises gradually. The novel’s appeal is a psychological tease with slow buildup. If one is looking for a thriller or a mystery that the reader can solve his or her own, All the Missing Girls is not the right book. The novel offers teasing cliffhangers throughout the story as the plot is told in reverse, keeping the reader hooked until the last word.
Lucy Barré was a junior in the Gifted Program at Hahnville High. She enjoys participating in the school’s choir and National Honor Society. Outside of school, she loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with friends and family.
Editor’s note: Book reviews are published throughout the summer and fall in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program and Unger’s “Adolescents Advocate Literacy” Brown Service Learning Grant.