ARC Review | All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

I received this free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.
all theAll the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Release date: June 28th, 2016
Genres: Mystery , thriller
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley

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Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

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.

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I had trouble with this book. At the beginning I was very excited to try a thriller, however, I found it difficult to read. The plot was slow till the very end. Well, the last 3 or 4 chapters were more interesting that the rest of the book.

The story starts when Nic Farrell returns to her hometown after ten years. Her best friend went missing ten years ago and everybody was part of the investigation, her ex-boyfriend Tyler, her brother Daniel and other people. She disappeared after Corinne went missing and never came back till now. Her brother agreed to sell their house but their father refuses. Both, Daniel and Nic are trying to convince him, but every time they meet with him, he seems he is lost in “his world”. Suddenly another girl goes missing and Nic sees herself in the same situation a decade ago and has to uncover the truth about the disappearances.

The book starts backwards, which confused me a bit.  The plot was slow and very detailed. The main character has inner conversations most of the time and confused me when trying to identify what was real and what wasn’t.

3 stars, for me!

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Review – The Lost Queen: Ankhsenamun, Widow of King Tutankhamun by Cheryl L. Fluty

10280976She was the last surviving member of the glorious 18th Dynasty, Queen of a golden empire that stretched from the 4th cataract of the Nile to the banks of the Euphrates: Egypt at the height of its glory and power. But Ankhsenamun and her brother-husband, Tutankhamun, the product of centuries of inbreeding, were unable to produce a living heir to the throne. Now, with word of the untimely death of her young husband, she must consider a drastic alternative means of conceiving an heir. Later still, with her aging grandfather on the throne, faced with the intolerable prospect of being forced into marriage with Egypt’s strongman, General Horemheb, and the strong possibility of being murdered by his jealous and power-hungry principal wife, she contemplates yet another drastic step: applying to Egypt’s arch-enemy, the King of the Hittites, for one of his sons to marry.

Astonishingly, we have both sides of this remarkable correspondence in the archaeological record. Ankhsenamun wrote to Suppililiuma, King of the Hittites, asking him to send one of his sons for her to marry so that she did not have to marry her “servant”. After sending a delegation to enquire into the legitimacy of this proposal, Suppililiuma sent his son, Prince Zenanza, to Egypt, but he was assassinated along the way. General Horemheb later took credit for the act. Ankhsenamun then disappears from the record. Her fate is a mystery. Did she die? Was she murdered? Or did she, just possibly, escape? If so, where did she go, and who helped her? This is the story of what may have happened. It is also the story of the birth of the Biblical Moses, and explains the real significance of his name.

The Lost Queen is an semi-interesting historical fiction novel about a little known Egyptian queen, Ankhsenamun. Ankhsenamun was the daughter of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and Great Royal Wife Nefertiti. She married her half-brother Tutankhamun at a young age. After his death she simply disappeared from the historical record.

I found this book on sale and downloaded it for my Kindle. I had just finished my obsession with Michelle Moran’s Egyptian trilogy and needed more Egyptian-based historical fiction to hold me over until the release of her next book.

I gave the novel 2.5 stars, although I feel like I’m being a bit harsh. It wasn’t all that bad. However, there are times when the novel is completely unbelievable. I understand that historians don’t know much about her, so Fluty didn’t have much to work with. But, a romanic relationship with a Hebrew trader and biblical references to Moses seem to stretch the truth a little too much. I may just be me though. I usually enjoy historical fiction that stays more closer to the historical record. All in all, it is an enjoyable read if you ignore some of the implausible situations.

2.5 Stars