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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda: FAQs + Books Like It

I've read my fair share of thriller books about missing girls from small towns lately and every time I go to find books like them, All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda pops up. It's what finally got me to read it. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)


Now that I have, I'm able to answer some of the most frequently asked questions, as well as provide a list of five books like All the Missing Girls to consider reading next. If that's what you're looking for, then keep scrolling! (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

What Is the Book All the Missing Girls About?

The book All the Missing Girls is about the disappearances of two young girls from a small town in North Carolina. 10 years ago when Nicolette was 18 years old, her best friend Corinne vanished. From the moment Nicolette found out she was gone, she relentlessly searched and tracked down leads, until one day she up and left everything and everyone behind. Now, she's been forced to return to help care for her sick father and sell his house. The plan is to get in and get out by the time school starts again in September, but things go off the rails when her 23-year-old neighbor goes missing. It's like Corinne all over again. As Nicolette gets pulled into the investigation, long-buried secrets are brought to the surface, not only about the current disappearance but about Corinne's disappearance as well.


How Long Does It Take to Read All the Missing Girls About?

According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 5 hours and 11 minutes to read All the Missing Girls.


How Old Is Nicolette In All the Missing Girls?

In All the Missing Girls, it is confirmed that Nicolette Farrell is 28 years old.


Where Does the Book All the Missing Girls Take Place?

All the Missing Girls takes place in Cooley Ridge, which is a fictional town in North Carolina. In an interview with the author, Megan Miranda, she explained, "Cooley Ridge is inspired by elements of several different places from my memory. I wrote the first words when I was staying at the edge of the forest in western North Carolina, letting the setting of mountains and woods speak to me. The caverns came from a memory I had from when I was younger, in a different state."

Who Dies in All the Missing Girls?

Two characters die in the book, All the Missing Girls. Corinne dies in a car accident, while Annalise dies from a gunshot.


Who Buried Corinne In All the Missing Girls?

While Nicolette is the one who hit Corinne with her car, she did not bury her. In fact, after the accident when Tyler and Nicolette exited the vehicle to look for Corinne, they could not find her. The one who did eventually find her and bury her was Nicolette's father, Patrick. After getting a call about Nicolette hanging off the ferris wheel at the fair, Patrick got in the car to confront Nicolette and bring her home. However, he was drunk at the time and pulled over along the way. Nicolette assumes that while pulled over, Patrick either encountered or found Corinne and buried her in the garage of the Farrell family home.


Who Is the Killer in All the Missing Girls?

There are two killers in All the Missing Girls - Nicolette and Laura. Nicolette is responsible for Corinne's death as she hit her by accident with her car. Laura, on the other, shoots and kills Annalise because Annalise threatened the father of Lauren's unborn child, Daniel.


How Does the Book All the Missing Girls End?

At the end of All the Missing Girls, Annalise Carter's body is found in a farmer's field. On her body, is a note addressed to the police department telling them "they could find the body of Corinne Prescott on the property of Patrick Farrell" and to look into Nicolette and Daniel Farrell. Tyler hears of the discovery of the body and attempts to get there first to find Nicolette's ring, but can't without running into the police, so he goes to Nicolette's house instead.


Shortly after, the police arrive to search the house for the gun used to kill Annalise but are intercepted by Everett who demands a warrant. In the time it takes for the police to return with one, Nicolette admits to having an affair with Tyler and Everett comes to the conclusion she is involved, so he leaves.


Tyler, Daniel, and Nicolette then tell the police that Annalise was jealous of Nicolette and Tyler's reunion and that they should look into her past. They do this because they had realized it was Daniel's wife, Laura, who had killed Annalise to protect her family.


In the end, no one is arrested for Annalise's or Corinne's murder. Nicolette and Tyler get back together and find out they are expecting a baby, while Daniel and Laura have their baby. Nicolette also moves her father out of the care facility and back into the family home with her and Tyler.


5 Books Like All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Are you looking for another book like All the Missing Girls to read next? If so, here are five similar thriller books about the suspicious disappearances of young women in small towns.


What Lies In the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall

1. What Lies In the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall

From the start of All the Missing Girls to the very end, there was one book I knew had to be on this list of books like it and that's What Lies in the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall. It's similar in all the right ways and then different at the same time that it absolutely will not feel like a repeat. Here's what it's about: "22 years ago, Naomi Shaw and her two best friends, Cassidy and Olivia, spent the summer roaming the woods, playing something they made up called the Goddess Game. Their fun ended suddenly though after Naomi was attacked in those very woods. Miraculously, she survived being stabbed 17 times and lived to give testimony that would put away a serial killer. They were heroes. And they were liars. For decades, the friends have kept a secret worth killing for. But now Olivia wants to tell, and Naomi sets out to find out what really happened in the woods—no matter how dangerous the truth turns out to be."


The Quarry Girls by Jess Lourey

2. The Quarry Girls by Jess Lourey

Out of the books that made it on this list, I would argue that The Quarry Girls by Jess Lourey is the most like All the Missing Girls. Here's what it's about: "For the teens of one close-knit community, summer means late-night swimming parties at the quarry, the county fair, and venturing into the tunnels beneath the city. But for two best friends, it’s not all fun and games. Heather and Brenda saw something in the dark that they can’t forget but agreed to never tell a soul about. Their vow is tested though when their friend disappears - the second girl to vanish in a week. When the authorities seem reluctant to investigate, Heather begins searching for answers on her own. When she does, she learns that no one in her community is who they seem to be. But she can’t stop digging because she knows those girls are in danger. She also knows she’s next."


A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

3. A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

This isn't just your run-of-the-mill thriller about the disappearances of teenage girls. There's one key point of difference, even from All the Missing Girls, and that's that A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham is narrated by the daughter of the man who was arrested and sent to prison for those disappearances. If you think that sounds interesting, just wait until you get to the plot twist. I still think about it to this day. Here's a description of the book: "When Chloe Davis was twelve, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By the end of the summer, Chloe’s father had been arrested as a serial killer and promptly put in prison. 20 years later, just when Chloe is seemingly on the path to happiness, another local teenage girl goes missing in exactly the same manner as before. Is she seeing parallels that aren't really there or for the second time in her life, is she about to unmask a killer?"


Seven Girls Gone by Allison Brennan

4. Seven Girls Gone by Allison Brennan

Unlike the other books on this list, which are told from the perspective of the loved ones of the teenage girls that disappeared, Seven Girls Gone is told from the perspective of a police officer. Besides that difference, it's otherwise very similar to All the Missing Girls. Here's the description: "For three years, women have been disappearing and then turning up dead in a small bayou, and police detective Beau Hebert seems to be the only one who cares. With nobody else to trust, Beau calls in a favor from his friend on the FBI’s Mobile Response Team. With their help, he hopes he'll finally stand a chance at solving the case. But in a town where everyone knows everyone, talking gets you killed and secrets stay buried, it’s going to take the entire team working around the clock to unravel the truth."


Just Like the Other Girls by Claire Douglas

5. Just Like the Other Girls by Claire Douglas

If you haven't already noticed, the previous books on this list are basically All the Missing Girls but in different fonts. In other words, they're very similar. If you're okay stepping a bit beyond that mold though, then consider Just Like the Other Girls by Claire Douglas. While it's like All the Missing Girls in that it's about girls that go missing under suspicious circumstances, in other ways, it's quite different. Read the description and you'll see what I mean: "At losing her mother, Una Richardson responds to an advertisement for a ladies' companion, a position that leads her into the wealthy, secluded world of Mrs. Elspeth McKenzie. But Elspeth's home isn't the comforting haven it seems. Kathryn, her cold and bitter daughter, resents Una's presence. More disturbing is evidence suggesting two girls lived here before her. Why won't they talk about them? What are they hiding? As the walls begin to close in around her, Una fears she'll end up just like the other girls..."

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