Publisher: Park Row Books | Release Date: May 18, 2021
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People don’t just disappear without a trace…
Shelby Tebow is the first to go missing. Not long after, Meredith Dickey and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, vanish just blocks away from where Shelby was last seen, striking fear into their once-peaceful community. Are these incidents connected? After an elusive search that yields more questions than answers, the case eventually goes cold.
Now, eleven years later, Delilah shockingly returns. Everyone wants to know what happened to her, but no one is prepared for what they’ll find…
In this smart and chilling thriller, master of suspense and New York Times bestselling author Mary Kubica takes domestic secrets to a whole new level, showing that some people will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.
About the Author:
Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of six novels, including THE GOOD GIRL, PRETTY BABY, DON’T YOU CRY, EVERY LAST LIE, WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT and THE OTHER MRS. A former high school history teacher, Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children.
Her first novel THE GOOD GIRL was an Indie Next pick in August of 2014, received a Strand Critics Nomination for Best First Novel and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in Debut Goodreads Author and in Mystery & Thriller for 2014. Mary’s novels have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. She’s been described as “a helluva storyteller,” (Kirkus Reviews) and “a writer of vice-like control,” (Chicago Tribune), and her novels have been praised as “hypnotic” (People) and “thrilling and illuminating” (Los Angeles Times).
She is currently working on her next novel.
LOCAL WOMAN MISSING is a novel about a missing child and two women from the same community that go missing approximately ten days apart. Right away, you want to know who is responsible for this, or is it possibly two attackers with completely different motives? Are the two women connected? If so, why are they missing? If not, where is the child?
Seriously, I’ve been a big fan of Mary Kubica since her debut, THE GOOD GIRL, was published in July 2014. That was a damn good book. Loved it. Mary Kubica has the amazing ability to take a happy, peaceful community and turn it into a terrifying deadly nightmare. In this novel, the neighborhood is suddenly a place where women are afraid to go for a run alone, to leave their kids with a sitter or neighbors, to stop by a bar for a drink, or even to get a medical exam to see if they are pregnant. Friends, family, and neighbors are scrutinized for what they witnessed or at least what they thought they witnessed. Accusations of extra-marital affairs are happening in almost every household. The trust between spouses is weak and almost broken. Lies are spewed throughout, and secrets are kept right up until the explosive ending.
I’m happy that I don’t live in this community. However, this story makes you wonder if it is possible this could happen in real life, with people you know quite well. This novel was an excellent read for me. Two things near the end stretched my belief a bit thin (and the author never really explains), but my imagination can fill in the blanks with several different scenarios, so all is good. I honestly think that LOCAL WOMAN MISSING might be the best Kubica novel yet!
Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin Trade Publishing, and Park Row Books for allowing me to read an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
(because I love reading books that are full of suspense and keep you guessing about who the killer might be, books that talk about how scary motherhood really is, books that inspire and educate me (like using birthing doulas and the medical side of giving birth), books that explore relationships between married couples; books that dip into the mindset and point-of-view of children, books that delve into the evil minds of random ordinary people, and books that make me stay up until 2 AM reading until I finish the book. This book nailed all of that).