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Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
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it was amazing

An explosive page-turner from Mary Kubica will have you looking over your shoulder--and your neighbors--differently.

Mary Kubica has done it again. Every one of her books is a treat and I so glad I had the opportunity to dive into this one a bit early. LOCAL WOMAN MISSING (Park Row Books, May 18 2021) is her seventh (!!) domestic thriller and it's so, so good.

Shelby Tebow is the first to go missing. This is unusual, she has a newborn, she's relatively new to town, what reason would she possibly have to leave...or for someone to kidnap her? Not long after, Meredith Dickey goes missing, and her 6-year old daughter. But it's a close-knit, suburban town outside of Chicago, neighbors are concerned but there's only so much that can be done, even after a search party is formed. The case(s) eventually goes cold and Meredith's husband, Josh, and son, Leo, continue with their lives.

Now, eleven years later, the 6-year old daughter shockingly returns. She's traumatized, must wear sunglasses at all times because she has been kept in a dark basement; sounds bother her. Her father is overjoyed she's back, but her brother is skeptical. And her mother is presumably dead.

Meredith Dickey is a doula--coaching and supporting women as their babies are brought into the world. Could this be something to do with her job? A disgruntled mother? A challenging birth? And then she starts receiving threatening--anonymous--texts. What--or whom--could be behind this? She's done nothing wrong...right?

I read LOCAL WOMAN MISSING at lightening speed. It's smart, chilling, twisty, with just the right amount of whodunit--and several real suspects--the tension is taut, the writing fast-paced and it's so very atmospheric. It's spring in the Chicago suburbs and I could nearly taste the rain on my tongue and hear the claps of thunder. The community is darling, too, featuring old, restored homes and leafy yards.

Clear your calendar and curl up with this one this May. You won't be sorry.

There are some similarities between LOCAL WOMAN MISSING and the writing style of Shari Lapena, particularly in SOMEONE WE KNOW, but I also found touches of Gilly Macmillan's style here, too.

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Special thanks to Park Row Books and the author for this review copy. All thoughts are my own.

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Reading Progress

January 23, 2021 – Shelved
January 23, 2021 – Shelved as: to-read
February 25, 2021 – Started Reading
February 26, 2021 – Finished Reading

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