Author: Megan Miranda
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Summary: This felt fresh and surprising and kept my heart pounding the whole way through. Loved it!
“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” (source) when another girl disappears and yet again, it seems possible some of the people closest to Nic might be involved.
This book was so good, I could hardly put it down, despite how busy I’ve been. The backwards order in which the story was told made the entire thing feel fresh at a time when all the thrillers are starting to seem the same to me. I loved it! The author did a great job keeping the suspense up and slowly revealing what happened ten years ago. Even more impressive, she did this without making me feel as though she was artificially holding back things we should have known because the realistically main character would have thought about them. It was just such a cleverly put together story. The reverse foreshadowing of what had happened the day before was perfect and just enough for me never to feel lost as we moved back in time. I was blown away.
On top of all that, the author managed to surprise me in almost every chapter, especially towards the end. She also wrote incredibly believable dialogue and brought the small town setting vividly to life. The tone was pretty perfect too – dark and creepy, but just enough happiness for me to enjoy it anyway. Basically, everything was awesome. If the description at all appeals to you, definitely give this a chance!