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review 2018-02-05 19:11
Wenn mehrere junge Frauen verschwinden
TICK TACK - Wie lange kannst Du lügen?: ... TICK TACK - Wie lange kannst Du lügen?: Thriller - Megan Miranda,Elvira Willems,Cathrin Claußen

Nicolette Farrell, von ihren Freunden kurz Nic genannt, hat vor zehn Jahren ihrer Heimatstadt Cooley Ridge am Rand der Smoky Mountains in North Carolina den Rücken zugekehrt. Aber sie erinnert sich noch gut an die Nacht, in der ihre Freundin Corinne Prescott spurlos verschwunden ist. Nun erhält Nic plötzlich einen Brief ihres Vaters mit einer rätselhaften Botschaft: „Ich muss mit dir reden. Dieses Mädchen. Ich habe es gesehen.“ Damit kann nur Corinne gemeint sein. Nic fährt zurück in die alte Heimat, um herauszufinden, was damals wirklich geschah. Doch schon am selben Abend verschwindet erneut ein Mädchen…

„TICK TACK - Wie lange kannst Du lügen?“ ist ein Thriller von Megan Miranda.

Meine Meinung:
Der Roman besteht aus drei Teilen, die wiederum in Kapitel untergliedert sind, die je einen Tag umfassen. Erzählt wird die Geschichte aus der Ich-Perspektive aus der Sicht von Nic – und zwar nicht in chronologischer Reihenfolge, sondern rückwärts: Von Tag 15 bis zurück zu Tag 1 kommt Stück für Stück ans Tageslicht, was seit Nics Rückkehr passiert ist. Dieser Aufbau hat mir von der Idee her sehr gut gefallen. Leider ist die Umsetzung meiner Ansicht nach nicht ganz gelungen, denn vor allem am Anfang fiel es mir schwer, in die Geschichte reinzukommen. Es dauert recht lange, bis sich ein wenig Spannung aufgebaut hat.

Auch der Schreibstil war für mich etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig. Er wirkt teilweise etwas abgehackt.

Mit Nicolette Farrell steht eine Hauptprotagonistin im Vordergrund, die zwar interessant ist. Leider wurde ich mit ihr allerdings nicht so richtig warm. Auch die übrigen Charaktere konnten mich nicht begeistern.

Nach dem sehr langsamen Start nimmt die Geschichte im Verlauf der Kapitel an Fahrt auf und wird packender. Die Handlung empfand ich als stimmig und glaubwürdig.

Das Cover mit der sehr prägnanten Schrift gefällt mir ganz gut, es macht neugierig. Auch der deutsche Titel, der sich stark vom amerikanischen Original („All the Missing Girls“) unterscheidet, ist treffend gewählt.

Mein Fazit:
„TICK TACK - Wie lange kannst Du lügen?“ von Megan Miranda ist in meinen Augen kein Thriller, sondern ein Spannungsroman, der sein Potenzial nicht ganz ausschöpft. Dennoch habe ich mich recht gut unterhalten gefühlt.

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review 2018-01-27 04:20
All the Missing Girls - Good Comfort Food for a Reader
All the Missing Girls: A Novel - Megan Miranda

I'm on a bit of a mystery kick these days. I've got a few rather "heavy" books I'm working on, but I'm not always in the right headspace or environment to be completely engrossed in a book. When that's the case, I go to my comfort food: mysteries and espionage for a read that I know I'll finish easily. This one came courtesy of a local librarian. Librarians are great friends to cultivate. They'll put books on hold or ask if I've read something they think I'd be interested in, and this one -- in particular -- always makes sure I have some lighter reading handy when I leave the library. My only real regret is I don't need to go to the library as much out now that various digital formats are available at a touch. Oh well, on to the book.

I had no preconceptions. All I knew was the title. I'll confess I didn't even read the blurb until just now, after I finished it. You don't need to know much more either. Two girls go missing from a southern, insulated town, and the cast of characters is stuck in the middle of a town drama for the second time in a decade.

This is a fairly straightforward whodunnit with a slight twist -- it's told backwards, day by day. The narrator tells us at the end why she "had" to do it this way. I believed her. It also made for a more interesting book. The audience knows things before the characters, including our narrator Nicolette Farrell.

There's a messy love story and a fractured family at the heart of this mystery. Both seemed quite possible -- especially given Nic's ability to rationalize behavior and don a facade for each new situation. The ending of the love story was much easier to predict that the whodunnit parts of the book. I had no idea what would happen with the family. All in all, I wasn't trying to figure things out. I was very content to simply fall into the story and go with the flow.

Given that, I'd say the writing felt rather effortless. It was easy; like I was just hearing the tale from rather than reading a book. That's a nifty trick when the author is using a backwards chronology and feeding us new pieces that need to fit within the puzzle. A few times I stopped reading wondering exactly what the process is for writing a book like this, but I quickly got back to reading. Whatever the work for her, I'm glad she did it. The book would have suffered if it had been told beginning to end.

Back to Nicolette Farrell... she's trying at times, but I don't need to like characters in a book. Good thing -- I was highly peeved at her a good deal of the time. She's young. She's stuck emotionally. I found it tough to give her a break as she ran headstrong through everyone and everything.

Possibly the most effective parts were the way she managed to make the small town feel just on the verge of strangling the characters and me at times. I vowed aloud never to be romantic about small towns again aloud at least once. They all felt stuck, and they were in many ways, but perhaps it wasn't the town so much as their actions.

Not a life-changer, but a pretty good comfort food snack.

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review 2018-01-10 00:00
All the Missing Girls: A Novel
All the Missing Girls: A Novel - Megan Miranda Had I known this book was written backwards I would have never read it. It's a gimmick to cover up a story that has no surprises if written in a traditional way. This ploy failed to cover up the transparent ending for me. I thought it a waste of time. Only my self-enforced pledge to finish what I start kept me reading.
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review 2017-09-26 16:03
Review: All The Missing Girls
All the Missing Girls: A Novel - Ms. Megan Miranda

I received a copy from Netgalley.


This will be short review because I read this some weeks back and to be perfectly honest I remember very little about the book other than I really didn’t like it much. The mystery itself of what happened to the two missing girls so many years apart under the circumstances was interesting enough that I actually did finish the novel.


From what I remember about the plot the main character is coming home to help her brother with the sale of their family home after their father has moved into a nursing home. The first girl who went missing some ten years ago when the MC was a teen was her best friend at the time. Sometime after she’s arrived a second woman goes missing, this woman had always been on the fridge of the MC’s group of friends when they were growing up.  The first missing girl, the best friend, was outgoing, lively, popular and a colossal bitch who knew how to push everyone’s buttons. The police investigation was limited as it’s a small town and she’s an 18 year old girl with a reputation. Possible she just said to hell with everyone and ran off.  But her legacy is still present in the town as a few of the friends of the MC and the girl are still living there.  The second woman who went missing has a faint connection to the first girl and to the MC. There’s connections there, and the MC finds herself digging into what happened to the second one, bringing up memories of the first girl and figuring out the connection between the two disappearances. And managing to ruffle some local feathers while doing so of those who would rather just forget about the first girl. Getting herself reacquainted with old friends and people she’d put in the past as well.


The actual writing itself wasn’t bad at all, nice and descriptive, the area and the setting were easy to picture. Unfortunately, I can’t think of anything about the characters that really stood out. In fact I can’t even remember their names. I certainly didn’t like any of them.   The biggest problem I had with the novel was that the method of storytelling was immensely confusing, told in a backwards fashion, counting backwards in chapters. Which I didn’t get at all. To be fair the actual reveal of what happened was fairly surprising, I didn’t guess at all before-hand.  


While I do like mysteries, this one just didn’t work for me at all. Thank you to Netgalley and Corvus, Atlantic Books for approving my request to view the title.

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text 2017-09-21 23:53
Reading progress update: I've read 89 out of 384 pages.
All the Missing Girls: A Novel - Ms. Megan Miranda

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