Local Woman Missing

Park Row: Harlequin. May 2021. 352p. ISBN 9780778389446. $27.99. THRILLER
When Meredith, a local doula, and her six-year-old daughter vanish from their small town, most of the neighbors worry that their streets have become unsafe. They are reminded of a young mother who had disappeared just weeks before. No one who knows Meredith can imagine anything bad happening to her, or anyone wanting to hurt her. And Delilah was charming and sweet, loved by all who met her. Most know nothing about Shelby, the other missing woman, except that she lived in their neighborhood. All sleepy suburbs and small towns have secrets. As Meredith’s family and friends organize search parties and start knocking on doors, all are hoping for a happy ending. As the search proceeds, the body of a young woman is found. Is it Meredith? If yes, what happened to her child? Eleven years later, a starving, feral teenager named Delilah is found wandering in a field, having escaped her captors.
VERDICT The latest from Kubica (The Good Girl; The Other Mrs.) will appeal to fans of Lisa Jackson and Gregg Olsen and readers who enjoy missing-persons novels. The twists, turns, and an unpredictable ending make it irresistible.
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