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.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5
Two Girls Down is my first book from Louisa Luna, and while I probably won’t read any of her previous books, I will definitely read any other adult books she will (hopefully) put out. This book was intense, very mysterious, and I had no clue who it was until it was revealed at the end.
The cover of this book is beautiful, and I’m sure it will be even prettier in person once the book is out. I read an ARC via NetGalley and the publisher, and it had a different cover on my uncorrected proof.
Vega is a very strong female character and I LOVED her. She literally kicked ass and it was amazing. Although this book had a very heavy subject manner it was very well done. Cringe worthy moments were interspersed with plenty of funny moments and one liners, and it was a very nice touch.
I also thought the main characters were well developed and I got to know them enough that I actually cared about them, that is to say I cared about Nell, Cap and Vega. You don’t get all the details about any of their lives, but it was enough for me to connect to them and worry about their well being during this book.
It has plenty of action, and I found myself not wanting to put it down. Some parts got a little slow for me, but overall there was a ton of action, and it kept me hooked for the entire read.
My only small disappointment is what happened at the end with Vega and Cap, wish that would have ended differently.
Final Word: I would definitely recommend reading this when it comes out, or if you have NetGalley, requesting it now! So good.
*This book is set to be published on 01/09/2018*
*Special thanks to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book. My review is completely honest and unbiased