ARC BOOK REVIEW: Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

Publication Date: May 18, 2021
Format: Kindle
Genre: Mystery

Publisher: Park Row
290 pages
Buy: Paperback | Kindle 


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… 

In this smart and chilling thriller, master of suspense and New York Times bestselling author Mary Kubica takes domestic secrets to a whole new level, showing that some people will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.


Thank you to Netgalley & Harlequin Publishing for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review. 

This was a twisty turny book that left you guessing along the way.  Some of the chapters are set now and others 11 years ago when 2 local woman went missing weeks apart in a small community.  

Shelby Tebow is in a broken marriage, her husband cheats on her but she doesn't have much to say on it since she is doing the same thing. She goes out for a run and disappears.  Meredith Dickey is a Doula who goes missing weeks later, only Meredith wasn't alone, she was with her 6 year old daughter Delilah who is also missing. 

11 years later Delilah is found and now everyone wants to know what happened.  Malnourished, scared and broken Delilah is not the girl they once knew. 

There are many layers to this mystery, as it twists and turns and slowly unravels. Not only the past unravels, the present unravels as well as Delilah tries to remember what happened to her. Her brother, Leo tries to help her but even he has a hard time connecting to her.  

The beginning and middle of the book move along at a good pace but the ending picks up and speeds you headlong into the surprising conclusion. This is the first book I've read by this author and I will be picking another of her books soon.  I really loved how she unpeeled each layer of this story allowing us to follow along and learn what happened as the characters learn it.

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