Title: Local Woman Missing
Author: Mary Kubica
Publisher: Park Row
Publication Date: May 18, 2021
Page Count: 352
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
In this smart and chilling thriller, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes domestic secrets to a whole new level, showing that some people will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.
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…
Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica is a thriller that will be perfect for those that enjoy and twisty but layered story. This novel is one that is told from multiple points of view along multiple timelines interchanging all of it to build the layers of this complex story.
Eleven years earlier a young mother, Shelby Tebow, went out one night but never returned home leaving her husband and infant behind. Much to another family’s dismay Meredith Dickey and her young daughter went missing a short while after Shelby’s disappearance had hit the news.
Now a young girls has escaped captivity after years of abuse in a darkened basement in the home of her tormentors. The girl is the right age and seems to match Meredith’s daughter Delilah’s description so the family is contacted and Delilah is returned home to them with everyone trying to piece together just what happened eleven years before.
As I mentioned there are a lot of layers to Local Woman Missing that take time to build and unfold. You have the voices of Delilah, Delilah’s brother Leo, Meredith and a neighbor flashing from a then and now sort of story. It was a bit tougher of a read to keep up with overall with the many parts moving around so it was a bit of a slow burner to me. In the end there was one bit that didn’t quite work for me but overall the story came together well and was quite surprising how it all worked out so I did enjoy reading.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Mary Kubica is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including THE GOOD GIRL and her upcoming release, THE OTHER MRS. She 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.
Visit Mary at http://www.marykubica.com/