Review: Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

If you have followed my blog for a while you will know that I love mysteries. I went through a big mystery/thriller phase a while back and then took a break and read more historical fiction/romance but lately I’ve been reading more thrillers and I was super excited to see this book from Mary Kubica in my review queue.

One of my favorite shows on ID Discovery Channel was Disappeared and all I could think of when I was watching the show was, people just don’t disappear, someone knows something. And when I saw that this was practically the tagline for this book, I was super excited to read it! I haven’t read anything by Kubica before but I certainly know the name so I couldn’t wait to dive into this one.

If you are a thriller/mystery reader you will most likely have this one on your radar. Kubica has written some well loved and popular thrillers many of which have been best sellers so I felt confident that this book would be solid with a seasoned writer like Kubica. If you are looking for a fast paced read this spring, look no further! This one was excellent!


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. (summary from Goodreads)


Since this was my first book by this author, I had high expectations because she is well known and produced some best sellers so obviously I had high hopes and I anticipated that this book would be a fast read. It was absolutely a fast read and met all my expectations. I picked it up over the weekend and was instantly sucked in before I even got through the first thirty pages! I found myself staying up late just to read ‘one more chapter’. It was a great book and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to say I loved it! Kubica is a great writer and her style was snappy and engaging not to mention strong.

I mean it wasn’t a flawless story but overall I loved it. I struggled a bit with the alternating storylines. It was a little distracting for me and I did need to pay attention to what was going on, but for me it was more of a stylistic preference and didn’t make me love the story less, I just felt like I had to be on my toes and be aware of the shifting in the storylines. There were also parts that felt a little clunky but it wasn’t a huge deal, big picture—-the writing was solid, there were just parts of the story that felt slightly cumbersome but not enough for me to drop my rating if that makes sense.

This one is also a little on the dark side. I didn’t expect that but for me it made the story better. I loved how it sucked you in and the LIES! The lies and hidden truths in this book are great. I really enjoyed picking apart things in this one. I think that this book will appeal to anyone who loves thrillers. And obviously if you are a Kubica fan, then this book is no doubt on your radar! It’s well done, fast paced, and interesting. I couldn’t put it down all weekend and for that reason it gets 4.5 big stars from me!

Book Info and Rating

Format352 pages, Hardcover

Expected publicationMay 18, 2021 by Park Row

ISBN9780778389446 (ISBN10: 0778389448)

Free review copy provided by publisher, Park Row, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Genre: thriller, mystery, suspense


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