If you loved Slaughter’s 2018 standalone book Pieces of Her or have just discovered Laura and Andrea’s story via the Netflix mini series you’ll be really pleased to hear that Girl Forgotten plunges us back into Andrea’s story.
Newly qualified as a US Marshall, Andrea Oliver gets an assignment to protect a judge who has been receiving death threats. Her assignment is a cover though for her own personal investigation into the murder of the judge’s daughter 40 years earlier in 1982. Emily had a secret and there was someone in Longbill Beach who wanted to make sure that secret didn’t get revealed at any cost. This small town was the childhood home of Andrea’s own despotic cult-leader father and there is a very good chance that he was involved in Emily’s demise.
The US Marshall service is a very different part of the American justice system and it is interesting to get a glimpse of a less hackneyed law enforcement profession. FBI agents being two a penny in most crime novels these days. Andrea and her new partner Bible make for a very diverse pairing. Bible has his own traumatic back story and the requisite scars to match. I’m really hoping that these two will get another outing and that we can get some more depth to Bible’s back story.
Girl Forgotten weaves together the two timelines of Emily Vaughn in 1982 and the current investigation into the death threats to her mother in 2022. With many protagonists in common it is a compelling read and will have you yo-yoing from one suspect to another as the book progresses. Its a real page turner and one that will keep you engaged right till the last few shocking pages.
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UK Publication Date: Jun 23 2022. 400 pages.
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