Book Reviews: All The Missing Girls & The Good Daughter


I haven’t read a book in two years but somehow motivated myself to read two books in the past month. Well, technically 1.75 books. And I’ve learned I am a tough critic.

All The Missing Girls

Author: Megan Miranda

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

Back Cover Summary:  A story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.


Amazon Rating: 4 stars

My Review: I could not get through this book. I tried hard though. I made it 2/3 of the way through and then gave up and read the last page. I liked the idea of the story being told backwards but I felt like the author took pages and pages to describe something when it only needed a paragraph. But hey, this is a New York Times best-seller, tons of readers recommended it and it has a 4 star Amazon rating. So take my review with a grain of salt!

The Good Daughter

Author: Karin Slaughter

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

Back Cover Summary: Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind . . .

Amazon Rating: 4.5 Stars

My Rating: When I started this book I could NOT put it down. I powered through half the book in just a few evenings and then didn’t have time to pick it back up for awhile. When I did, I felt like the momentum of the story had slowed down. It was still interesting and I loved the author’s writing style, but I was annoyed that I wasn’t given enough clues to solve the story on my own. Instead you have to read about it in the last 3 chapters. 

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11 Comments

  1. Erin Barnes
    February 5, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    I’ve heard mixed reviews about these books as well. And I’m a tough critic as well. There’s a long list at the library for them right now, so I’ll wait it out or maybe even forget that I was on the list by the time it comes up!

  2. Colleen
    February 5, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    I found Megan Miranda's other book The Perfect Stranger to be even more frustrating than All The Missing Girls, so fair warning if you give that one a chance. Lots of people loved Luckiest Girl Alive and I couldn't stand it, so I hope you have better luck than I did!

  3. Leslie
    February 5, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    I love books that read fast because of suspense. I'm sorry the first one wasn't a winner. I loved Truly, Madly, Guilty, but I'm sure you've already read that one. I didn't want to put it down!

  4. Athena
    February 5, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    I love to read so I hope book reviews will become part of your regular rotation! I haven't read either of these yet, and may pass on them now 🙂

  5. Emma Glour
    February 5, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    Wow, great post.

  6. Rachel Emily
    February 6, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    I knew there was a reason I wasn't buying into the All the Missing Girls hype!

  7. Gallantly, gal
    February 6, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    OMG Yes. I could not get through All The Missing Girls (well both missing girls) at all. I gave up I think a little less than 1/3 in because it was a lot of fluff with little to no progress and only unlikable characters. Going backwards seemed like an unnecessary gimmick. I'm a tough critic, too xD

  8. Emma Glour
    February 6, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    This book is very interesting. Thanks Karin for this writing. I have read this post. This post is very helpful for the new writer. Your writing is great. I have also a blog and my blog is dissertation relevant.

  9. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    February 8, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    No ways!!! I just picked up The Good Daughter in the airport yesterday… Halfway through now x

  10. rox
    February 11, 2018 / 11:58 pm

    The Good Daughter is on my list. I, too, was NOT a fan of All the Missing Girls. Blah.I have been a reading FIEND so far in 2018. I've already read 7 books!!! If you like these types of books (like in your book review), you may like "The Wife" by Alafair Burke. I read it in two days. It was pretty good. "The Twelve Mile Straight" by Eleanor Henderson and "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles have been two of my favorites so far this year.

  11. rox
    February 11, 2018 / 11:58 pm

    Luckiest Girl Alive – loved this one!!!!!

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