Faces On the Milk Carton

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Faces On the Milk CartonNever Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on June 28, 2016
Genres: Thrillers & Suspense, Family, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Kindle
Source: Netgalley
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four-half-stars

Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.
Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she's starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.
Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it's too late?

didyoumissmegif Never Missing Never Found by Amanda Panitch had a twist I never saw coming. I literally yelled “What!!” when I hit it, startling my poor hubs. Scarlett is attempting to fit into the world after being kidnapped as a young girl, then escaping years later. When she gets the perfect job at an amusement park over the summer, she thinks her life is finally where she wants it. Then a girl goes missing from the park and old feelings and emotions start to come forward. As strange things start to happen around her, Scarlett is reminded of her past and worries if old demons are coming back.

Seriously, this was a killer read. The plot seemed straightforward but was really not and I loved the author’s style. One chapter was told in present day and then the next was set in the past, slowly reveling the truth about Scarlett and her abduction. I really connected with the characters and the emotions ran high. The world built was strong and nicely detailed; I could see the park and the employees in it.

Never Missing Never Found is a read that sets you up for something, then completely switches it up and the curve ball thrown by Amanda Panitch was fantastic. I did not love the ending, as it almost seemed too conventional after the huge twist, but that’s just me. I prefer less neatly tied up in a bow and more oh crap, that’s crazy. But when the only thing I can complain about in a book is the last two chapters and that they were too perfect, well that’s a great read.

Favorite lines – You can be a good person and do bad things. And sometimes it may look like someone is doing something bad, or evil, but when you look more closely at the situation, you realize your assumptions were wrong, and that whatever’s happening may not be so bad or evil after all. It may be warranted. Maybe even good.

Biggest cliché – Everything is as it appears.

 Have you read Never Missing Never Found, or added it to your TBR?


I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Faces On the Milk CartonAll the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Published by Simon & Schuster on June 28, 2016
Genres: Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Crime
Pages: 384
Format: Kindle
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four-half-stars

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.
The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.
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.
Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.

 

missinggif1 All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda was a read that kept me up till the wee hours and I am fine with that. The story of Nicolette, who returns to her home town ten years after the disappearance of her best friend, and the eerily similar disappearance of another girl days after she returns. This was a truly compelling read that I enjoyed almost all of the way through.

First I have to say that I loved the author’s way of telling this story. It is told in reverse, day fifteen to day one and that actually made the drama so much more intense. The characters knew what had happened, but the reader does not and I had to piece the days together. It was such an interesting way to tell a tale and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was so much emotion in the story and I really connected with the characters. The world built was a little shaky, but that is because the reader sees it almost backwards.

All the Missing Girls was a unique take on the missing person type book and I highly recommend it. Megan Miranda has a striking way of storytelling that really drew me in. My one complaint is that the last chapter brought us back to day fifteen and there was an epilogue. I loved the unique way of reading and did not feel that the story needed to be so neatly wrapped up. Sometime I prefer a nebulous ending but I am weird that way. All-in-all this was a fantastic read that will keep you guessing the entire time.

Favorite lines – Missing girls had a way of working their way into someone’s head. You couldn’t help but see them in everyone—how temporary and fragile we might be. One moment here, and the next, nothing more than a photo staring from a storefront window. It was a feeling that settled in your ribs and slowly gnawed at you from the inside—the irrational fear that people were slipping away right before your eyes.

Biggest cliché – The past is always in the past.

 Have you read All the Missing Girls, or added it to your TBR?

four-half-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 New Release Challenge
  • Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
  • The Goodreads Challenge

Posted June 28, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 1 Comment


One response to “Faces On the Milk Carton

  1. danielle hammelef

    Before yourr eview I didn’t know this book was told in a unique way–in reverse! I have this on my to-read list and can’t wait to read it now. thanks for the great review.

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