I’m such a Mary Kubica fan girl it’s a little pathetic and sad. It’s worse because she legit lives in my town and people that I know, know her. It’s six degrees of separation, or maybe just 2-3. So I feel like a huge nerd when I say she’s one of my favorite authors because I’m sure she gets that all the time. And I’m fearful for running into her at Meijer because will I be able to be cool or will I look like a psycho stalker? Valid question.
It’s weird to love books by an author you could legit run into at the grocery store. And she wouldn’t know me of course, but I would know her. And would I keep my mouth shut or would I just word vomit all over her. Oh the horror! I totally fan-girled on Ann Patchett one time at BEA and it felt so terrible. And maybe I fan girled on Augusten Burroughs once at Printer’s Row. Authors are people too, right? They probably roll their eyes and have a good story to tell that night at dinner.
Anyhow, I’m not a psycho, but I have loved her books since I read her very first one. And it’s kind of cool that she lives nearby. And all of this has nothing to do with Mary’s newest book, Local Women Missing.
From the Publisher:
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.
It’s been eleven years since Delilah disappeared without a trace and a lot has changed. Her little brother, Leo, is being raised by their father, Tom, who is a single parent in the home they all lived in happily as a whole family a lifetime before. It’s such a strange concept, that someone you have longed to see again comes home and all of sudden, everything changes and you wonder if maybe you don’t want them back after all.
Kubica paints a vivid story of the family’s life before Meredith and Delilah went missing. We meet neighbors who were once best friends and even babysitters in a pinch, and Tom and Meredith were very love, albeit busy young parents trying to keep their relationship strong through those tough years with littles. If only that was their biggest problem.
Because there’s a lot more going on here than what meets the eye – which is almost always the case. Secrets are kept, lies are told. And then, it’s too late.
Kubica is a master at writing engrossing domestic thrillers. On one hand, the story is shocking, but on the other, it could be something that happened to your neighbors, or a family down the street. And that’s what makes it truly messed up (in the best possible way). Special thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. Local Woman Missing comes out May 18. Get your copy!