Missing White Woman (Hardcover)
A "compulsive page-turner" (Harlan Coben) and "thriller not to be missed" (Michael Connelly) from the award-winning author of Like a Sister, in which a woman thinks she’s waking up to a romantic vacation—only to find a body in her rental home and her boyfriend gone.
The truth is never skin deep.
It was supposed to be a romantic getaway weekend in New York City. Breanna’s new boyfriend, Ty, took care of everything—the train tickets, the dinner reservations, the rented four-story luxury rowhouse in Jersey City with a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline.
But when Bree comes downstairs their final morning, Ty is nowhere to be found and there’s a stranger dead in the foyer—the missing woman the entire Internet has become obsessed with: Janelle Beckett. Soon, both the police and an army of Internet sleuths are asking questions Bree doesn't know how to answer. Desperate to find Ty and to keep her own secrets buried, Bree realizes there’s only one person she can turn to: her ex-best friend, a lawyer with whom she shares a very complicated past.
Fierce, smart, and thrilling to the end, Missing White Woman not only explores “Missing White Woman” syndrome and traveling while Black, but deftly inverts the hallmarks of the domestic suspense genre to ask: How well can we truly know the people we love? And what happens to these stories when seen through the eyes of a Black woman?
"Fantastic. Only Garrett could craft a tale so adroitly attuned to our everyday fears." —S. A. Cosby, New York Times bestselling author of All the Sinners Bleed
“Taut, suspenseful, and packed with heart, this novel grabbed me tight and wouldn’t let go.” —Meg Gardiner, New York Times bestselling author of Heat 2
"Expertly mixes sorrow and grief, humor and identity, with the chaos of social media." —Rachel Howzell Hall, New York Times bestselling author of What Never Happened
"Bree is unforgettable . . . You are in for such a ride." —Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Villa
About the Author
Kellye Garrett is the author of Like a Sister—an Edgar and Anthony nominee for Best Novel and a Lefty Award winner for Best Mystery—as well as Hollywood Homicide, which won Agatha, Anthony, Lefty, and Independent Publisher “IPPY” awards for Best First Novel and was named one of BookBub’s Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time, and Hollywood Ending, which was nominated for both Anthony and Lefty awards. Prior to writing novels, Garrett spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. She is a New Jersey native, a cofounder of Crime Writers of Color, and a former board member of Sisters in Crime.
"Missing White Woman is a compulsive page-turner with plenty of twists and turns you won't see coming. Kellye Garrett is a rising star, and Missing White Woman is her best one yet."—Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author
“Garrett is at the top of her game with this propulsive page-turner that interrogates the intersection of true crime fandom, social media sleuthing, and race in America. Sharp and incisive prose, tight plotting, unexpected twists, and a poignant exploration of friendship and family make Missing White Woman a must-read.”—Alyssa Cole, New York Times bestselling author of When No One Is Watching
"Kellye Garrett wows with her latest, a propulsive murder mystery that explores the dangers of social media. With relatable characters you can't help but empathize with and heart-stopping twists, Missing White Woman is a one-sitting read that should be on everyone's list!"—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Local Woman Missing and Just the Nicest Couple
“Kellye Garrett has done it again with Missing White Woman—she’s given us a heroine that could easily be our BFF, sister, or daughter, as well as a twisty plot and relationships that are complicated and authentic. Garrett expertly mixes sorrow and grief, humor and identity with the chaos of social media, making this suspense novel a propulsive read. Garrett remains a writer to watch.”—Rachel Howzell Hall, New York Times bestselling author of We Lie Here
"Only a writer like Kellye Garrett could craft a tale so adroitly attuned to our everyday fears while also tapping the zeitgeist of infamy and identity facing all of us but especially black women in a world that so often puts them on the bottom rung of society's ladder. A fantastic thriller and amazing book!"—S.A. Cosby, New York Times bestselling author of All the Sinners Bleed, Razorblade Tears, and Blacktop Wasteland
“With Missing White Woman, Kellye Garrett raises her already sky-high game to a new level. Taut, suspenseful, and packed with heart, devious twists, and unforgettable characters, this novel grabbed me tight and wouldn’t let go. A single-sitting read.”—Meg Gardiner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Heat 2
“Like A Sister ensured Kellye Garrett will always be on my autobuy list, and I guarantee that Missing White Woman will shoot her to the top of yours, too. Bree is an unforgettable heroine, the kind of character you're invested in from her first line, and Garrett's take on the toxic blend of social media and true crime is maybe the best and most nuanced look at this particular phenomenon I've read. You are in for such a ride!” —Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Villa
Praise for Like A Sister:
“Kellye Garrett is impressive on paper and, in conversation, a force of nature… [Like a Sister is a] briskly plotted, socially astute new thriller.”—The Los Angeles Times
"A mystery that has everything I love most about the genre: an intriguing set up; an absorbing storyline that kept me guessing; a satisfying ending; and most of all, incredibly well developed characters that I kept thinking about long after I finished the book. I want everyone I know to read it so we can talk about it.’”—Jasmine Guillory, The Today Show
“Noir for the media-struck generation . . . Character and voice mesh with Like a Sister's explorations of race, class and family in an arresting combination.”—NPR.org
“A crackling domestic suspense that has you turning the pages to see what happens next. . . . Garrett's wry humor, attention to detail, and deft pacing are a tension wire pulled taut against the compelling mystery driving the novel; Like A Sister is one of those books that's best prepared for ahead of time, because once you pick it up, it will be difficult to put down.”—Alyssa Cole, Entertainment Weekly