Review: Local Gone Missing by Fiona Barton

Author: Fiona Barton
Publisher: Berkley Books
Released: June 14, 2022
Received: NetGalley

3 1/2 kitties

I enjoyed Fiona Barton’s The Child, so I knew I had to grab Local Gone Missing when I saw it available. You guys know I can’t pass up a good thriller!

Elise has always been an ambitious person. She had high hopes for her career as a detective, but her medical leave is forcing her to take a step back from that life. Now she’s not sure if she’ll ever return. Funny how that happens.

Thankfully, the drama of her small town is enough to keep her mind away from the work she may have left behind forever. The small town is being transformed as those with the money grab up land and build luxury houses – much to the chagrin of the locals.

Right away, I found myself hook on Elise’s story. I think we’ve all been there – having something we care about so much, only to think that it may be lost forever. This very human concern made for a solid foundation in Local Gone Missing.

Which is exactly what this mystery needed. It took a little longer to get into the intrigue of what was happening in town and even longer for me to put all the puzzle pieces together. Neither fact is a bad thing, merely a statement. However, I think the story’s core could have used some more fine-tuning before things were said and done.

The thing I enjoyed the most about Local Gone Missing had to be the characters. There are several characters, all of whom are very different from one another. They nearly make up for any other complaints I have about this book and kept me invested until the end.

Thanks to Berkley Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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