Two Girls Down
by Louisa Luna
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Doubleday (January 9, 2018)
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Genre: Mystery | Suspense
Print Length: 320 pages
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 by Louisa Luna
They may get on our last nerve, they may exhaust us, but one of a parent’s greatest nightmares is that their child could be kidnapped. It happened in the parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, two young girls were taken from the car while their harried mother di a quick run in to the local Kmart.
The clues are almost non-existent and the police are ill-equipped to handle this. Enter Alice Vega, private investigator, a woman who will stop at nothing and use any means necessary to find the girls, including bending the law when she needs to. Alice is driven by her own demons, her own nightmares and her need to save the lost.
When Alice brings ex-cop turned PI, Max Caplan on board he becomes her conscience, her voice of reason, her restraint as their methods clash. One thing they will learn is that they make a great team, the young and fiery woman and the older, damaged cop.
Incredible twists, turns of events and the trails that meander to the final resolution. What I found was these characters were more human, more flawed and NOT the “fairytale” version of humans, from the mother to both Alice and Max. If you are looking to make a martyred saint out of any of these characters, forget it, they are too real and THAT is what truly makes this tale of mystery and intrigue! No cardboard cutouts, real characters that breathe, make mistakes and loose control.
TWO GIRLS DOWN by Louisa Luna is edgy, dark, and filled with a labyrinth of trails to follow, will one of those trails finally lead Vega and Cap to the end of their journey before it is too late? Edgy and frightening, read this and you will NEVER let your child out of your grasp, because this is every parent’s nightmare come true.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Doubleday Books.