I read "Local Woman Missing" at the beginning of the year when I was just getting sick with Covid. It kept my mind occupied and busy while I had the worst sore throat of my life and it was one of the best distractions I could've asked for.

This book had been on my radar for quite some time and I'd been meaning to get around to reading it but the stars aligned and it had my full attention for a few days. This was one of those traditional thrillers that grab your attention from the first page and kept me guessing until the last minute.


Publisher's Summary

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…

My Thoughts

As I said above, I really enjoyed this book. I think a lot of thriller lovers would enjoy this because there are a lot of twists, multiple POVs and really follow the formula of what makes a good mystery. 

I honestly didn't know where this story was going because it didn't seem like there was a true suspect who was responsible for the missing women. Were they connected? They have to be, right? Nothing is as it seems in Mary Kubica's world and it was truly thrilling. 

This book was creepy in a few ways; reading Delilah's POV was really stressful and messed with my head; it was really difficult to read because she was such a broken little girl. Reading her brother's POV was just as bad because he couldn't connect with her and it was just heartbreaking. 

There were at least four POVs within this novel which was really interesting; it kept things fresh and on your toes. 

When you do get to the climax of the novel, my jaw was on the floor. I am also easily impressed with thrillers even though it's my favorite genre and what I read the most. I always love seeing how different authors tackle a mysterious story and how enthralling they can make it.

I think "Local Woman Missing" is the perfect thriller to pull you out of a reading slump if you're looking for a quick read or want to get into the thriller genre. 

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