Mini Book Reviews: All the Missing Girls & The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

Posted July 28, 2017 by Melissa in Book Review | 24 Comments

All the Missing Girls
Mini Book Reviews:  All the Missing Girls & The Perfect Stranger by Megan MirandaTitle: All the Missing Girls
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: June 28th 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Length: 368 Pages
Source: My Personal Bookshelf
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Book Quote

“People were like Russian nesting dolls – versions stacked inside the latest edition. But they all still lived inside, unchanged, just out of sight.”

My Thoughts

All The Missing Girls was a great twisty suspense read that I literally could not get enough of.  I didn’t want to eat or sleep until I got to the end of this one.  I loved the “backward” story telling and how we got the story in reverse chronological order. It just ratcheted up the suspense even more.

After reading Megan Miranda’s YA releases I was curious to see how she would transition to writing for an adult audience. I needed have worried. Her writing was flawless as ever and struck an even deeper chord.

All The Missing Girls was definitely one of my favorite suspense reads of this year…even though it came out in 2016 😉

The Perfect Stranger
Mini Book Reviews:  All the Missing Girls & The Perfect Stranger by Megan MirandaTitle: The Perfect Stranger
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: April 11th 2017
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Length: 337 pages
Source: Publisher
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

Book Quote

“The bad guy, the one we could only imagine in the mask, in the shadows – it was always closer than we liked to imagine.”

My Thoughts

After seeing that The Perfect Stranger labeled as a sequel to All The Missing Girls, I was thrilled to pick it up for review. Sadly it seems that I was a bit misled.

The Perfect Stranger appears to be unrelated to Miranda’s first Adult suspense novel and has only that it common…the genre.

Don’t get me wrong…Miranda writes great suspense and I did enjoy this read…however it just fell a it flat for me.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where it went wrong for me though.  It didn’t have the same pacing and there seemed to be too much going on and too many threads woven together. To be honest I started to lose interest and I began pushing to the end not because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next but rather because I was enjoying it enough to want to finish but not enough to relish in getting there.

All in all it was a very solid read and I might have liked it more had I not been still riding the high from reading All The Missing Girls right before it.

 

About Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.

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24 responses to “Mini Book Reviews: All the Missing Girls & The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

    • Melissa

      Exactly, Heidi! And I think because I read them back to back it hit me even harder that the 2nd didn’t live up to the 1st!

  1. Ooh a twofer of Miranda. I read my first book by her Hysteria a few weeks ago and mostly liked it, but I think her adult stuff looks even more appealing. Especially All The missing Girls, which I heard was good. And you seem to confirm that with your review! Sorry that The Perfect stranger wasn’t quite up to the same level. I will definitely be reading more of her, and will go with All The missing Girls next.
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  2. They do sound interesting. Sorry the second one disappointed. I love reverse story tellings- Quentin Tarantino does that a lot with his movies. It takes some getting used to, but in the end it makes for great storytelling. 😉

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