Hello and welcome to my stop of the Local Woman Missing Summer 2021 Blog Tour! A huge thanks to Justine Sha for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. I’ve been meaning to try Mary Kubica’s books for ages now, and as soon as I read the blurb for her newest story I knew it would be a great place to start. And I definitely liked what I found! Want to know why? Please join me while I share my thoughts…

Title: Local Woman Missing
Author: Mary Kubica
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: May 18th 2021
Publisher: Park Row
Finished reading: May 3rd 2021
Pages: 352

“They’re not false memories because they really happened. They’re just false to me. There’s a difference.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Park Row in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I’ve been meaning to try Mary Kubica‘s books for years now, and I’m still not sure why I haven’t done so before… I was intrigued by the blurb of Local Woman Missing as soon as I first read it, and I’ve been looking forward to read it ever since. And I most definitely wasn’t disappointed! Local Woman Missing turned out to be an excellent introduction to her work that had me turning those pages like there was no tomorrow.

This story can be seen as a psychological thriller with an edge, although it also has hints of a domestic and crime thriller. It’s a story that doesn’t 100% fit in a neat little genre box, and I think I like it even more because of that… Local Woman Missing offers a wide range of different elements and multiple storylines, resulting in a rich and multi-faceted plot that will keep you on your toes. Not only do we have the present and flashbacks to eleven years ago, but we also have multiple POVs in each timeline to juggle along the way. I loved that the author changed the tone and writing style according to the character changes (especially when it comes to Delilah and Leo). True, I wasn’t a fan of the second person POV in Leo’s chapters, but there is no denying that they add a little something original to the story with him speaking to his sister that way.

The plot itself is without doubt fascinating, and it is very well built up. The switching back and forth between past and present and the different characters can be a bit of a juggle initially, but this technique is used to give the plot twists maximum impact. Trust me, this story will have more than one plot twist bomb for you in store before you reach that final page! And most of them came as a total surprise for me as well. I mentioned before that Local Woman Missing includes a range of different elements in its plot, and this includes cheating, family issues, child birth, child abuse, kidnapping and death among other things. Lots of different elements, but they are well incorporated into the plot. Of course I’m never a fan of the whole cheating angle, but I guess I do understand why the author incorporated it into the plot here.

As for the characters: I’m not sure I actually liked some of them, but there is no denying that their development is realistic in general and I always like it when characters are less than perfect and have their flaws. My heart broke for Delilah and Leo of course, and especially Delilah’s chapters were hard to read… Think Room and you have an idea of what you have to face. Kate is also quite easy to like and it was interesting to see the events unfold through her eyes… I’m not sure I was a fan of Meredith though, but it was fascinating to slowly learn more about her life and what happened to her all those years ago.

In short, Local Woman Missing turned out to be a fascinating story that will have more than one plot twist bomb for you in store. Engaging, suspenseful, sometimes harrowing, and without doubt worth reading if you enjoy the genre and like being surprised.

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.

 

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