Nicolette Farrell had been living in Philadelphia for years, having escaped her childhood home and all that she would like to forget. Cooley Ridge, North Carolina, was a place of secrets and lies, and now…two missing girls. Corinne Prescott, ten years ago, and the latest, Annaliese Carter.
Nic’s fiancé Everett, a lawyer, has been in her life for a year…and sometimes, she acknowledges to herself that they don’t really know each other, not deep down. But is he part of her escape plan? Her way of putting the past to rest?
So why is she headed back now, after all this time? She has occasionally gone back to visit, like a year ago when she and her brother Daniel moved their dad to a facility. His mind wanders and he seems to be failing.
They want to fix up the house and sell it, needing the money.
All the Missing Girls brings to life the town, its secrets, and those who would love to keep everything buried. But who are the guilty ones? Daniel, Tyler, Jackson…all persons of interest. They all had some kind of interactions with the girls…and they all are acting a little off.
The story moves backwards, starting at Day Fifteen, and by the time we arrive at the night Annaliese went missing, we are putting the pieces together. Stunning pieces that will reveal what happened to Annaliese…and to Corinne.
Could any of them move on, putting the past behind them? Could the secrets remain buried?
I loved this story and couldn’t put the book down. The writing style very successfully kept me guessing until the very end, rooting for Nic, Daniel, and Tyler…and realizing that sometimes, the truth needs to stay hidden. 5 stars.
***My e-ARC came to me from the publisher via NetGalley.