Title: Local Woman Missing
Author: Mary Kubica
About the book: It’s a standalone novel about a small town neighbourhood where three people disappear. First Shelby Tebow goes missing, then Meredith Dickey and her daughter, Delilah, disappear. The incidents may be connected, but when the search doesn’t lead to many answers, the case eventually goes cold. After eleven years, Delilah returns, and everyone wants to uncover the truth about what happened.
I received an advanced reader copy from HarperCollins Canada in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I love a good thriller as much as the nest person. I’ve read Every Last Lie by Kubica before, and reading the premise of her latest novel piqued my interest. The beginning made me think the story was going to go in a certain direction, which kept me turning the pages.
Characters: The story is told from different points of view: Delilah, Meredith, Leo, and Kate. The author creates interesting characters who aren’t perfect and are flawed. I appreciated the LGBTQ representation between Kate and Bea, two women in a relationship together.
“People’s minds can deceive them, or they can be tricked into remembering things that never happened in the first place.”
Writing: The book alternates between eleven years ago in the past and present day. It’s about 350 pages long, making for a quick read. I enjoyed the short chapters as well as the cliffhangers. At times, there’s more telling than showing though.
Final thoughts: I wasn’t sure how the novel would end, so the ending took me by surprise. It wraps up loose ends without dragging things out. If you’re looking for a fast-paced thriller about different relationships, pick up Local Woman Missing.