Book review: Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

Thank you very much to Harper Collins Canada for sending me an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. This book publishes May 18th.

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I have never read a book by Mary Kubica but I know she is a popular thriller writer. I enjoyed this one so maybe I’ll check out her backlist books. Local Woman Missing starts out in a super disturbing way but then gets pretty tame. Trigger warnings for child abuse, kidnapping and sexual abuse.

I think this book had an amazing hook. Like the first 20 pages were intense. And then it jumps to another story line and becomes a story about a normal suburban missing persons case. The story is told 11 years apart from multiple narrators, but Kubica does a good job of helping you keep everything straight.

The problem was that the hook was so intense and intriguing that by the time I found out what actually happened it was a bit of a let down. The twist I was not expecting, but maybe because I was looking for something more sinister. Don’t get me wrong it was really good, I was surprised but I wasn’t shocked if you get what I mean. There’s also a character that is vital to the plot and then doesn’t get a wrap up at the end. Like the character just disappears and I was like well what happened to them?! Overall it was another pretty good domestic thriller. 4 stars.

Happy Reading!


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