Two Girls Down Series: Alice Vega #1
Published by Doubleday on December 11, 2021
Source: Netgalley Arc
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"I'm always looking for a good thriller, and this just was perfect."--Nancy Pearl, NPR's Morning Edition
"Opening this book is like arming a bomb--the suspense is relentless and the payoff is spectacular. Lead character Alice Vega is sensational--I want to see lots more of her."--Lee Child
"Sensational." Wall Street Journal
"A must-read for fans of strong female protagonists.'--Booklist (starred review)
As addictive, cinematic, and binge-worthy a narrative as The Wire and The Killing, Two Girls Down introduces Louisa Luna as a thriller writer of immense talent and verve.
When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help to find the girls, and she will not be denied.
With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.
Two Girls down is my oldest outstanding NetGalley book, it languished there for years, and now that I read it, I just feel blah about it. There are a few reasons it sat there; one, it is not my go-to genre; it falls solidly into the crime/mystery drama; I requested it so long ago I forgot about it. Two girls down centers around two girls who go missing when their single moms leave them in the car to go into the mall for a present for the birthday party they are on their way to. I tend to love shows about kids going missing cause it tugs at my heartstrings, and I tend to be engrossed in the how and why it happened. I should have been fascinated by what happened with this book; I should have been engaged and devoured it to discover what happened to them. Instead, I felt like I was slogging through mud. The mystery part of it did end up with a nice twist at the end that I did not see coming. I think I just did not connect with the pi on the case Alice vega; maybe she was too rough around the edges for me or this weird relationship with her partner, and then some spy called a bastard. I read better mystery/crime novels. This one did not hit all the marks of emotional involvement I tend to like in these books.