Welcome to my stop for the Harlequin Trade Publishing Summer 2021 Blog Tour featuring Local Woman Missing. A huge thanks to Justine Sha for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. I read one Mary Kubica book a few years ago and didn’t love it as much as everyone else. I’ve been meaning to try another of Mary Kubica’s books and as soon as I read the blurb for Local Woman Missing, I decided that I would give it a go. Well, I am so glad I did! Scroll down to see what I thought about this book.
Title: Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Published May 18th 2021 by Park Row, Harlequin Audio
Pages/time: 352, 11 hours 40 minutes
About the Book: 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, 11 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 best-selling author Mary Kubica takes domestic secrets to a whole new level, showing that some people will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I have been leery about trying a Mary Kubica book as the first one of hers I read was just okay for me, but I am so glad I took a chance of this one, and now have more books on my TBR and I read her backlist. I loved this story that kept me on my toes, trying to figure out how these disappearances might be tied together. A new mother goes out for a jog one night and does not come home. A second woman in the same neighbourhood and her six year old daughter also disappear. When they find a body, everyone is on edge. What is the connection, or is there one? Is there a serial killer in the area? When Delilah is found 11 years old, everyone wants to know where she has been, is her mom still alive and who took them?
Local Woman Missing hooked me right from the start and had me gripped to the end. The story opens with Delilah’s terrifying captivity and breathtaking escape and return home to her father and brother. From there, the story is told from various POVs and some of them are in the past, taking you back 11 years. The voice of Delila’s brother, now 15 to her 17. His POV has her speaking to her and sharing his feelings, it really gripped my emotion. This is an intriguing, suspenseful, compelling, fast-paced, gripping story that is very well written. Considering how many narrators and the two timelines, I was not ever confused, that takes talent. Not only the characters were likeable, and there were some creepy folks around, but that added suspense as well as give me the false sense that I knew who was responsible. The character development built up as the story went on and it had me connecting to them easily. The way that the story came together in the end was absolutely perfect and those final twists had me shaking my head in satisfaction. I did a read listen with this book and it was a wonderful experience. I loved that four separate narrators were used for the multiple points of view. It made it easy to know whose perspective I was listening to. Each of them were well skilled with the pacing, emotions and voice. I switched easily between the audio and ebook, both being enjoyable and having me glued to this story. Narrated by Brittany Pressley, Jennifer Jill Araya, Gary Teidemann, and Jesse Vilinsky. I definitely recommend this one to those who enjoy thrillers, suspense, and mystery. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
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 last novel THE OTHER MRS. was an instant New York Times bestseller; is coming soon to Netflix; was a LibraryReads pick for February 2020; praised by the New York Times; and highly recommended by Entertainment Weekly, People, The Week, Marie Claire, Bustle, HelloGiggles,Goodreads, PopSugar, BookRiot, HuffingtonPost, First for Women, Woman’s World, and more.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). LOCAL WOMAN MISSING is her seventh novel.