Two Girls Down

Two Girls Down

eBook - 2019
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The addictive, cinematic and binge-worthy thriller of the summer. Jamie Brandt was not a bad mother. Later she would tell that to anyone who would listen: police, reporters, lawyers, her parents, her boyfriend, her dealer, the new bartender with the knuckle tattoos at Schultz's, the investigator from California and her partner, and her own reflection in the bathroom mirror, right before cracking her forehead on the sink's edge and passing out from the cocktail of pain, grief, and fear. When two sisters disappear from a parking lot while their mother is in Kmart, the devastated family hires bounty hunter Alice Vega to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched too thin by budget cuts and the growing 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, 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. Louisa Luna is the author of the novels Brave New Girl, Crooked, and Serious As A Heart Attack. She was born and raised in the city of San Francisco and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. '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, #1 Bestselling author of The Midnight Line 'Not only suspenseful but with some real embedded truths about how hard it is to be a mother.' Anna Quindlen, author of One True Thing 'Sensational...One of the book's great pleasures is seeing Caplan and Vega's initially testy entanglement develop into a true partnership. But there are many other aspects in Ms. Luna's story to savour as well...quick psychological revelations that pierce the heart.' Wall Street Journal 'This is such a terrific read. High stakes, relationship-driven, perfectly paced [and] three-dimensional female characters. Alice Vega could give Jack Reacher a run for his money. Maybe Louisa Luna should write all the thrillers.' Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Heartsick 'Vega springs to life in the hands of this immensely talented writer...This is a must-read for fans of strong female protagonists.' Booklist (starred review)
Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9781925774436
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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johntnev
Mar 07, 2019

If you liked her character, try Blood on the Tracks by Nickless, Barbara. The main character is Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, with the Denver Major Crimes unit. This is the first book in a series of three so far. Recommend that you read them in order to understand some of the "flashbacks" that Parnell experiences..... good read with believable characters.

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0007548100dmw
Dec 28, 2018

A vey thrilling book from start to finish. Impossible to put down. I am a big fan of Lee Child's "Reacher" and Davide Baldacci's "John Puller". Luna's Vega is the female version of these two "heroes". Great read!

ArapahoeAnnaL Oct 20, 2018

A great can't put it down mystery/thriller with rave reviews from Nancy Pearl, "The Wall Street Journal," and Booklist!

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hemelj
Aug 14, 2018

The setup seems fairly obvious and almost cliche. But the author is very adept at describing their actions, motivations, and even facial expressions. I loved the characters, I just sped through this book as I rarely do. The story is compelling and just complicated enough. I would say not for the squeamish - it takes a dark turn, but worth it.

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mfalkin
Jul 17, 2018

Gripping and uniquely well-written. Luna's the next Denis Lehane - Tayna French - Gillian Flynn

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mimimcl
Jul 04, 2018

Great story and characters. On a par with Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Louise Penny. Hope the KCLS gets some of her previous works. This one lasted me 2 days. Those 111+ on waiting list have a real treat coming.

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LibraryLES
Jun 21, 2018

Enjoyed this! Good characters and the story kept moving with unexpected twists

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Riderfan4
Jun 04, 2018

One of the best books that I've read in many years. Well written...suspenseful...humorous...Hope to see more from this author- a sequel to this book would be great!

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zcch55
May 26, 2018

One of the best of this type of detective novels. Agree with all the positives previously written. Went to order more by this author but no books in Marin library. Why?

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pktab
May 23, 2018

Really enjoyed this book. Hard to put down. Hopefully, there will be a sequel for Vega and Caplan!

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