All the Missing Girls
Megan Miranda's debut adult novel is a suspenseful story of murder, mystery, and the inescapable past, set in a suffocating small North Carolina town that keeps its secrets.
Nicolette Farrell left home ten years ago-the summer after high school-following the unsolved disappearance of her best friend Corinne, and the brutal investigation that followed, exposing the darkest parts of them all. She left behind her boyfriend Tyler, her family, her friends, and her past-promising never to look back. Now she’s engaged to a lawyer from Philadelphia and works as a counselor at a private school, miles and years from the person she used to be.
But ten years, and everything fades.
First comes the call from her brother, Daniel, asking for help with their father-now suffering from dementia and living in a rehab facility-and to help sell their abandoned family home. But it’s really the cryptic note that arrives in the mail from her father the same day that has Nic returning home for the summer-to help, yes, but also to find out what secrets her father has been keeping, and what really happened to Corinne that fateful night.
But things feel off as soon as she arrives home: the broken back lock, the pictures missing from the walls, the feeling that someone has been inside their abandoned house. And then, in a state of semi-lucidity, her father tells Nic that she can’t sell the house, and that he saw Corinne-that he knows what happened. But that’s all the information she can get from him.
A day after Nic’s return, history repeats itself when Annaleise Carter, Tyler’s current girlfriend and Nic’s neighbor, disappears, dredging up Corinne’s case once more. Annaleise was last seen walking into the woods behind Nic’s house, just after midnight. But before she disappeared, Annaleise left a message at the police station, hoping to discuss Corinne’s old case. And ten years earlier, Annaleise had been the alibi for Nic, Tyler, and Daniel.
It’s all coming back, and ten years seems just a moment ago. As Nic’s father always said, time is malleable. The distinction between past and present, just an illusion.
Starting on Day 15, telling the story backward, Nic works to unravel the mysteries of what happened to Annaleise two weeks earlier, and the truth about Corinne, ten years before. As she follows time backward, Nic uncovers the secrets and blackmail that have plagued her family, and what’s left of her friends, for years. She discovers the terrible things people have done to each other, but also the beautiful things they will do for each other. And how close the danger truly lies.
World rights: Simon & Schuster (Spring 2016)
France: Editions la Martinière
Holland: Uitgeverij de Fontein
Germany: Penguin Random House
Brazil: Verus Publishing
Portugal: 2020 Editora
Turkey: Indigo Kitap
Also: Featured Alternate of the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club and Mystery Guild
Co-agented for film and TV by Jason Dravis of The Dravis Agency
Texas Library Association’s 2017 Lariat list of recommended fiction books for adults
Extended USA Today Bestseller list
Nominee for Best Mystery & Thriller Goodreads Choice Awards 2016
Megan Miranda studied Biology and Anthropology at M.I.T. where she won awards in bioengineering. She worked in biotechnology for several years before teaching high-school Science. She is the author of a number of novels for young adults, published by Bloomsbury and Crown (Random House), but has now also moved into adult fiction where her debut, ALL THE MISSING GIRLS, was a top debut of 2016 and made the extended USA Today bestseller list. THE PERFECT STRANGER follows in 2017. Both are published by Simon & Schuster.
She has a young family and lives in North Carolina.