Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica. I saw this book all over Instagram and the high praise it was getting meant that it shot right to the top of my TBR pile.

Local Woman Missing: A gripping thriller with a jaw-dropping twist from the New York Times bestselling author by [Mary Kubica]


You’ll never find her. Don’t even try.

When a local mother and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, suddenly vanish, their close-knit suburban community is rocked by fear and suspicion. How could such a terrible thing have happened in their small town?

Then, eleven years later, Delilah shockingly reappears. Everyone wants to know what really happened to her. But there are secrets hidden deep in the past – and when the truth about those missing years begins to surface, no one is prepared for what they’re about to find out.


After seeing all the rave reviews about Local Woman Missing, I knew I had to read it as soon as I got my hands on a copy. This is the first book by Mary Kubica that I have read, and I was so impressed. The writing is gripping; the plot is twisty and compelling. I loved it

The plot is so well thought out, and it is very cleverly pulled together. Mary Kubica’s prose is very tight, and I was kept utterly gripped. For eleven years, the police have been searching for Delilah after she vanished with her mother. In a miraculous turn of events, a young girl has appeared, claiming to be her. But something feels off. It is Delilah’s younger brother, Leo, who first suspects this. Leo struggles with his sister’s return. He has just started bonding with his father again, and Delilah’s return throws everything off-kilter. He feels guilty for thinking this. Is it just jealousy because she is getting more attention than him? Or is there something more here?

All the characters in this book are well rounded, and Mary Kubica brings them to life. The scenes in which we see the young woman at the beginning of the book being held captive are horrific. I could feel her fear, and these chapters felt very claustrophobic. I was rooting for her to escape, and the scenes in which she does break free are so tense. I kept expecting at any moment for her to be caught.  

But as Mary Kubica takes us back in time to eleven years before, when Delilah and her mother first disappear, things really begin to heat up. We begin to see a different picture begin to emerge. As Mary Kubica reveals what happened to Delilah and to her mother, a shocking picture comes to light. I had no idea where this book was going to go, and the truth is devastating. I couldn’t believe what I was reading.

I’m definitely really excited to read more books by Mary Kubica. If you’re looking for an intense psychological thriller, then this is the book for you. Local Woman Missing is an exciting and a highly entertaining read.

Publisher: HQ

Publication date: 18th May 2021

Print length: 352 pages

Local Woman Missing is available to buy:

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