Hide Ya Kids, Hide Ya Wife | A Book Review on "Local Woman Missing" by Mary Kubica
Author: Mary Kubica
Genre: Domestic Thriller, Psychological Thriller
There isn't much backstory involved here. I spotted this title while I was aimlessly wandering around Barnes and Noble. I had heard about this title in my favorite Facebook group (Black Girls Read Books Too). I added it to my TBR list and kind of forgot about it. Randomly decided to pick it up and start reading after seeing sporadic posts about it.
Shelby Tebow is the first woman to go missing in town. Soon after, Meredith Dickey and her six year old daughter Delilah disappear without a trace only blocks away from where Shelby Tebow was last seen. Fear plagues the community as they struggle to figure out if these incidents were connected or if it was just a horrible coincidence. After searching for weeks, the case eventually goes cold until 11 years later Delilah randomly shows up. Everyone wants to know what happened to her, and where she has been all this time, but no one is prepared for what they find out.
This is the first book I've read by Mary Kubica. She is a New York Times Bestseller. Speaking of that, what is the process to become a best seller because I feel like I see it on like every book in the store. They can't ALL be bestsellers can they? How does that work? Anyway, like I said earlier, I spotted the title when I was in Barnes and Noble (big shocker there) and added it to my TBR list. Overall it was a decent read, I did get a little irritated with it in some spots because it felt like the story was dragging on forever. By the time I reached the end of the book, I was relieved. I appreciated the amount of careful planning it would take to pull this type of plot off. I truly had no idea who was responsible until the very last moment. That said, I do think this book could have been a little shorter. It was an easy read, but it took so long for the story to develop I can understand why some people did not finish it.
The book jumps back and forth between the current time and 11 years before the incident occurred. This type of story telling allows the author to connect dots for the readers before the main characters find out what's going on. I do appreciate that the author was able to keep me in the dark about what really happened until the last possible second. This book would make a pretty dope movie. There may have been talks about adapting it into a film, but I am not 100% sure on that, so don't quote me.
My only complaint is that I wish we could have heard more from Delilah. We get her point of view as she randomly pops back up into society, but that is the last time we see her point of view in the book. I would have liked to know how her reintegration into society was. We only got to see bits and pieces of how she was adjusting from Leo's point of view, but that really was it. Overall, I would recommend this book, just for you to see how it all unfolds. Just try to have more patience than I did. I couldn't resist the urge to flip through to the last chapter just to see what was happening, but don't be like me. Resist the urge. I will drop the link below in case you decide to check this title out. Once you're done reading, please come back and let me know how you felt about it. Was it dragging? Did the slow pace not bother you as much? Let me know your thoughts!
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