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Title: The Night She Went Missing
Author: Kristen Bird
Publication Date: February 8, 2022
Page Count: 336
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
An intriguing and twisty domestic suspense about loyalty and deceit in a tight-knit Texas community where parents are known to behave badly and people are not always who they appear to be.
Emily, a popular but bookish prep school senior, goes missing after a night out with friends. She was last seen leaving a party with Alex, a football player with a dubious reputation. But no one is talking.
Now three mothers, Catherine, Leslie and Morgan, friends turned frenemies, have their lives turned upside down as they are forced to look to their own children—and each other’s—for answers to questions they don’t want to ask.
Each mother is sure she knows who is responsible, but they all have their own secrets to keep and reputations to protect. And the lies they tell themselves and each other may just have the potential to be lethal in this riveting debut.
The Night She Went Missing by Kristen Bird is a domestic suspense novel. The story in The Night She Went Missing is one that is told from alternating through multiple points of view with there also being some flashing back to the past.
After Catherine is wrapped up in a scandal her husband convinces her the best thing for them would be to move from Oregon to Galveston closer to his mother. Unfortunately for the family it’s not long after arriving that their oldest daughter, Emily, goes missing. Emily had gone to a party one night and never returned home leading to three months of searching to find out just what happened that night.
The Night She Went Missing by Kristen Bird is the type of story that gives you an event that will happen later in the book right away and builds the story in the before that time and after. There is a lot of domestic drama going on mixed with the suspense of the when where and hows of the missing girl. I found that I was still engaged even knowing what was coming and even more so waiting for the after. A solid debut novel for Kristen Bird.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Kristen Bird lives outside of Houston, Texas with her husband and three daughters. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music and mass media before completing a master’s in literature. She teaches high school English and writes with a cup of coffee in hand. In her free time, she likes to visit parks with her three daughters, watch quirky films with her husband and attempt to keep pace with her rescue lab-mixes. THE NIGHT SHE WENT MISSING is her debut novel.