Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Two Girls Down with Two Compelling Characters!

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 Gown
Louisa Luna
Pub Date: 1/9/18
Doubleday Books
Rating: 4/5
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This is my first time reading a Louisa Luna novel. Two Girls Down is an intense investigative suspense that follows Alice Vega and Max Caplan as they search for two missing girls. They disappeared nearly without a trace, but Vega's clever skills get the ball rolling in the right direction.

I was really impressed with the flow of the story as it follows Cap and Vega tracking down leads and looking for any possible connections. They run in circles until the breaking lead comes to light. What also made their investigation so compelling was the characters themselves. Vega is like a machine, running on fumes and determination to close her case. On the other hand, Cap can't leave his cop past behind and holds tightly to his anger. He uses his skills to charm their suspects into speaking while Vega has to hold back from assaulting everyone. At first, I was a bit disappointed in her character for being too single-minded and brash. However, as the story progressed I realized her character has layers and a pain filled past that somewhat explains her behavior. Also, it worked out because Vega and Cap complement each other in ways that make the story more seamless.

The writing style is unique and really allows you to hear the voice of the characters. I am definitely looking forward to more from Lousia Luna and I would not be upset to see more about this duo!
*ARC received via First to Read*


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