Published by Simon & Schuster on June 28th 2016
Genre: Mystery + Thriller + Suspense
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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.
To be honest when I first decided to read this book I thought I wasn’t going to like the telling of the story backwards gimmick but I ended up really enjoying it. I was scared I was going to get confused and have to keep going back to past chapters. While I did get confused a few times I found that I didn’t have to go back, I was able to figure things out by continuing to read. I would be curious to read it the other way, starting at Day 1 and going to 15 to see if I missed or misunderstood anything but I have a reading goal this year and I need to hit it. Maybe once I do I can dive back into this book and read it that way.
For a thriller I thought Megan Miranda did a good job at keeping my interest and making me not want to put the book down, however the ending was just ok to me. When I read a thriller I want to be shocked and with this book I unfortunately was not. Also there were some parts of the book that felt very unresolved and not necessary to the story at all. Lastly, I really did not like the character Nic. The decisions she kept making were really bothersome to me.
With all that aside, all in all I did enjoy the book for what it was.
“People were like Russian nesting dolls – versions stacked inside the latest edition. But they all still lived inside, unchanged, just out of sight.”
“There is nothing more dangerous, nothing more powerful, nothing more necessary and essential for survival than the lies we tell ourselves.”
“Intention is nice, but it’s a thing sometimes based more on hope than on reality.”
“It wasn’t in church but in moments like this when I maybe believed in God or something like that. Some order to the chaos, some meaning. That we collide with the people we need, that we meet the ones who will love us, that there’s some underlying reason to everything.”