Hello Book Bestie! It is the end of September, just in time for a final book review of When She Disappeared by Steph Mullin and Nicole Mabry. Let’s get into this thrilling summary.
When She Disappeared Synopsis
A town, their secrets, and one friend’s search for the truth.
When She Disappeared is an action-packed mystery thriller that will keep you guessing right up until the end.
When Margo returns to her hometown to help her ailing father, on the day she arrives the body of her best friend (a woman that’s been missing for many years) is discovered. She hasn’t been back since her initial disappearance 15 years ago, and this discovery shakes her to her core.
Digging out her old diary, still reeling from the find, Margo sets out to help a film crew document the case that the town feels the police blundered.
But in a small town where everyone knows everyone, they each have their secrets…the killer is among them!
Initially, I found the When She Disappeared storyline to be intriguing. The aspect of a crew interviewing each of Margo’s old classmates for the documentary added to the plot. Each person interviewed had something to hide. And those details (or the lack thereof in some parts) were given in a way to help the story by adding descriptors. It brought a different perspective to the mystery.
Contrastly, there were moments when I couldn’t seem to care about the story because I got lost. It felt like info dumping, and the authors just provided too many unnecessary details to describe a scene in the form of gossip, which really adds nothing to the story.
The story was also slow, and I was disappointed with the ending. It gave a very “all or nothing” impression which may work for some but didn’t work for me in this novel. There weren’t really any clues, except for the town gossip, and really, I never put too much stock in. The lack of solid clues to allow you to trail along and lead up to it the ending, then it just the end drops on you. Like WHAM!
It leaves you questioning how could it be this person, and unfortunately, with her ending story, it was (this person—no spoilers) the entire time! It was very meh!
Thank you to @avonbooks for giving me this ARC for my honest review. When She
Disappeared releases on September 27, 2022.