Author: Mary Kubica
Publisher: Park Row
Released: May 18, 2021
Warnings: Missing people, medical abuse, controlling behaviors
Local Woman Missing is the latest novel to come from Mary Kubica, though it’s the first one that I’ve personally read by her. Still, this one was more than enough to catch my attention.
Years ago, two women and a young girl went missing. The first to go was Shelby Tebow. Soon after, Meredith Dickey and her daughter, Delilah, disappeared as well. It tore apart the small community, leaving them suspicious of their neighbors.
Now, years later, the community has only just begun to heal. Only, something is about to happen to shake the community once again, as young Delilah appears, no longer lost but very hurt and confused.
“He stares at her too long, his expression unclear. “When people do dumb shit like this, they always wind up dead.”
Local Woman Missing is a complex and disturbing tale of missing persons, betrayal, and secrets. This is a thriller that had its ups and downs to go along with a massive number of twists and surprises.
The novel is told through multiple perspectives, which helped to keep the tension going. Some events happen in the past, and then the current circumstances. Naturally, the revelations from the past tie into the present. That made some of the twists a bit easier to predict. But I didn’t mind that much at all.
The characters are where Local Woman Missing really shined, at least in my book. I really enjoyed Kate’s perspective, while Leo’s side of things worked hard to break my hard. It was just the right balance to keep me invested right up to the end!
Thanks to Park Row and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.