We’re already halfway through August and I am so far behind in my ARC August goals! You may have noticed that I did not have an update last week, as I hadn’t even started on my reading list. And at this point I’ve only managed to finish two of the books on my list. Life has just been crazy this month and I haven’t been able to spend as much time reading as I’d like and sadly I’m not sure it’s going to slow down. However, I’m still going to try to get through as much of my list as I can.
Read so far…
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda – This book was very hard to put down – a great summer thriller.
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris – This book was almost a DNF. It was a very dark and difficult read.
A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl – This book sounds perfect for a fangirl like me.
The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North – This is taking me much longer to get through than I thought it would.
The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry – I really enjoyed Barry previous novels and cannot wait to read this one, especially as it deals with the Salem history.
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue – Room has been on my reading list forever, but I still haven’t gotten to it. However I won’t pass up a chance to read the ARC of her new novel.
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight – All of her novels sound good, and I’ve been looking forward to getting to this for a while now.
Given how far behind I’ve fallen it seems unlikely that I’ll be able to make it through my entire reading list for ARC August, but I’m hoping to at least get as far as these three books. We’ll see where I stand next week!
Title: All The Missing Girls
Author: Megan Miranda
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Format: Advanced Reading Copy
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.
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. (Goodreads)
Every thriller being published these days is being marketed as either the next Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train. Probably about half of the stack of ARCs I have to read this month mention one or both of those titles in the description of the novel. While I’m trying not to get sucked in by that hype – especially given my dislike of Girl on a Train, I can’t help but be curious. I’m always looking for a really good mystery thriller that actually does capture my attention and which I cannot put down. All the Missing Girls managed to succeed where so often novels fail.
The concept of this novel is fascinating. It starts out moving in a linear fashion, then jumps ahead two weeks and continues to tell the story in reverse, slowly unfolding each day then going to the day before. This sounded like nothing more than a gimmick to me at first, but in all honesty it works. Each day reveals just enough, with just enough foreshadowing that it keeps you turning the pages to find out what really happened. And not only are you interested in what is happening the “present” but you’re also piecing together details from what happened a decade earlier.
If I had a complaint about this book, it would be the lack of female characters, as the narrator is the only main female character in the book and is rarely seen interacting with other females. And if you really wanted to look at this novel through a feminist lens, there are probably several other things that you could really tear it apart for, but as I just wanted to read a page-turner mystery, I wasn’t willing to analyze it that completely.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it if you’re interested in suspense and “psychological thrillers.” Don’t be turned off by the hype or the comparison to Girl on a Train. This really was a good read.