Thursday, November 02, 2023

Five thrillers featuring the dead/surviving girl trope

Emily Smith is a New Jersey native, who pursued her BFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU and her MFA in Creative Writing at American University.

In her spare time, she enjoys writing novels, gardening, reading, and caring for her rambunctious Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.

Smith's new novel is You Always Come Back.

At CrimeReads she tagged five top thrillers featuring the dead girl and the survivor trope. One title on the list:
Local Woman Missing, by Mary Kubica

Local Woman Missing opens with the rapid disappearances of Shelby Tebow and Meredith Dickey, along with Meredith’s six-year-old daughter Delilah.

Eleven years later, Delilah escapes a couple that has been keeping her locked up in their cellar and is reunited with her father Josh and brother Leo. Only Delilah can barely communicate, let alone tell anyone where her mother or Shelby went.

Through a series of odd occurrences, Leo begins to suspect that the girl sleeping in his sister’s room might not be Delilah at all. So unweaves the tale of two missing presumed dead women, a survivor who may not be a survivor at all, and two families scrambling to connect all of the pieces.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marsahl Zeringue