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The Last to Vanish: Megan Miranda

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It seemed to be simmering on the back of the stove for quite some time before things began to ratchet up. Told in 5 parts, each focusing on a disappearance, the book opens with the most recent and works backwards in time. I get that Miranda was trying to set the atmosphere but the descriptions of the town, the inn, the hiking trails went on and on and on. My reticence in rating this higher is mostly based on a huge plot point - where a HUGE piece of information that the protagonist storyteller KNOWS isn’t revealed until later. There was also a plethora of characters who also wind up at that same dead end and then seem to "disappear, with no explanation for the why once again.

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I loved the setting of this one - a small town, Cutter's Pass, adjacent to the Appalachian Trail in the mountains of North Carolina, which is notorious for at least six missing hikers over the years.That these easter eggs are meaningless and even befuddling to new readers might make sense in terms of costs and benefits. She published The Perfect Stranger in 2017, The Last Houseguest (2019), The Girl From Widow Hills (2020), and Such a Quiet Place (2021). The town is labelled the most dangerous in the The pacing and the plot worked for me, but I found the last 10% to be a little bland and boring when it should have been quite the opposite. Farrah and Landon were more interested in the FF deaths than Alice’s (or at least more interested in finding a connection between them).

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I've tried a couple Miranda novels and I haven't been all that impressed so I wrote her off as an author that isn't for me but the reviews for her latest book were so intriguing and positive that I felt it only fair to give her another shot. So the gist is that a bunch of people over the years have disappeared without a trace from the idyllic mountain community of Cutters Pass, NC.In All the Missing Girls Megan Miranda leads readers back through the past of a small southern town, enfolding them in a slow, tense nightmare of suspicion, menace, and tangled motives. Abby has a connection to the hotel and the missing hikers, but the reader doesn’t know why for most of the novel. I did suspect one specific person from the very beginning, but the MOTIVES and the EXECUTION were way off! Characters divulge rumors, talk about myths, and share practical (as well as comforting) explanations for the vanishings of past visitors. Many thanks to NetGalley and Scribner/ Marysue Rucci Books for sharing this amazing digital copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

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Maybe, but the sasquatches whom the volcano displaced contributed to the statistics, too, if only out of self-defense. Cutter’s Pass is best known for its outdoor offerings like access to the Appalachian trail by way of a gorgeous waterfall, but also its mysterious history. There were a lot of rumors about us here, as a collective about the things we knew, the secrets we kept. This eerie thriller, in which the setting itself may be actively malevolent, can stand next to Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Stephen King’s The Shining . She wasn’t really Vincent’s niece, but Celeste recognized her name when she arrived in town and gave her that cover story.There wasn’t a REASON for this lie by omission, thus my feelings of being cheated - like “oh well if I knew THAT earlier…”. I read straight through to the 50% mark then skim read the rest because I was desperate to be done with this. There was a Stephen King-like tension throughout, with a few hair raising scares thrown in for good measure. in " The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our weekly " Publishing This Week" newsletter.

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