BUST Reviews The Murder Mystery Novel Missing White Woman

by Zoë Lourey-Christianson

When pretty, blonde Janelle Beckett goes missing from the same wealthy Jersey City neighborhood where Breanna “Bree” Wright is being whisked away on a romantic vacation, it seems more like an interesting coincidence than anything else. That is, until Janelle’s body ends up dead on the floor of Bree’s luxury Airbnb, Bree’s boyfriend is nowhere to be found, and a horde of hungry internet sleuths seizes upon the case.

Missing White Woman follows Bree as she races against time and a justice system all too happy to start the investigation with her—an outsider and a Black woman. Meanwhile, she must protect herself from the court of public opinion, nosy neighbors, and whoever really murdered Janelle in the same vacation rental where she was sleeping. Beautifully blending themes of victimhood, racial bias, and the sanctity of female friendships, author Kellye Garrett creates both a compelling heroine and a damn good murder mystery. In a genre that too often panders to the fears and desires of white women, this novel offers a sorely needed variety in perspective and an ending that even true-crime aficionados won’t be able to predict. 

Image Via Mulholland Books

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