Book Review: The Forgotten Girls

review-cover-the forgotten girlsTitle: The Forgotten Girls [Stevens & Windmere 6]

Author: Owen Laukkanen

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Rating: 3 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

She was a forgotten girl, a runaway found murdered on the High Line train through the northern Rocky Mountains and, with little local interest, put into a dead file. But she was not alone. When Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint FBI-BCA violent crime force stumble upon the case, they discover a horror far greater than anyone expected—a string of murders on the High Line, all of them young women drifters whom no one would notice.

But someone has noticed now. Through the bleak midwinter and a frontier land of forbidding geography, Stevens and Windermere follow a frustratingly light trail of clues—and where it ends, even they will be shocked.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I wanted to like The Forgotten Girls by Owen Laukkanen more than I did, but honestly, I’m not sure I was the right audience. The cover was gorgeous, the description sounded interesting—the plot kept me involved with the story… but I tend to prefer character-driven fiction, and even though I do enjoy thrillers and mysteries, I had a hard time connecting to the characters in this story.

The first part of the story was built around Mila, a girl who’s best friend has gone missing, and then part way through the book, the majority of the story switches to the killer. It was a strange dynamic to get so involved with one character and then switch to another. That aside, there wasn’t a lot of time put into getting to know any of the characters deeply, and because of this, I found them rather interchangeable. I didn’t feel upset over any of the deaths, I was only mildly irritated with the killer, and by 70% into the book, I’d completely lost interest. I did finish the book, but it was a slog to get through the ending, because I just didn’t care about the characters, and the murders were so briefly touched upon that I didn’t have a macabre fascination to keep me interested in what was happening.

Was it a bad book, though? No. It was well edited and well written. I didn’t get hung up on the sentence structure, vocabulary, or any other sort of technical error. The story moved smoothly and cleanly from one event to another, and I never got confused or lost—but there was a lack of tension that I felt should have been present, and because of that and my lack of interest in the characters, I found it hard to push through the slow pace of the story.

I think if you like mystery books that aren’t too complicated and don’t have too much gore, you may enjoy this book quite a bit—like I said, it was well written, but if you’re like me and prefer character driven fiction or gripping thrillers, this may be a little bit off the mark for you. I gave this book 3 stars because it was a bit of a “meh…” read for me. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t awful either, it just didn’t interest me as much as I’d hoped.

Weekend Wrap-Up #6

Hello ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to yet another Weekend Wrap-Up! Let’s get started!

What I Read

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I got a few more books under my belt this week, and ready for some upcoming reviews in June. I have to say, I’m proud of myself for keeping on track.

War Kids by H.J. Lawson was a bit of a disappointment. Both this book and the second series was sent to me by the author as part of a special readers program I’d signed up for, but after reading 13% into the book I realized there was no way in hell I was going to finish it. I originally thought this and the other books in the series were novellas—and I was wrong. The book turned out to be over 300 pages along, and I couldn’t stand it. I ended up DNFing it and unsubscribing from the reader program. There was just no way I was going to go on to read the second and third book in the series—especially not with a 1-2 week deadline. Nope, nope, nope.

Rebel Belle & Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins were spur of the moment additions to my TBR this week after picking up a recommendation from a few BookTube readers on Monday. The books sounded so interesting that I immediately picked up some copies and decided to give them a try—and boy am I glad! Rebel Belle was a fantastically hilarious read. Miss Mayhem was good, but not-as-good as the first book in the series, but I’m still glad I picked it up. You can look forward to some reviews for both of these books in the near future:

  • May 27 – War Kids
  • June 1 – Rebel Belle
  • June 10 – Miss Mayhem

What Was Posted

What I Did

cupcakesThis week was a slow one. I made cupcakes (Devilsfood + Cream Cheese Frosting.. YUM!)…. and that’s about it—other than reading. Okay, that’s not entirely true; I did discover BookLikes and sign up there as Author Unpublished (cause who doesn’t need more spots to advertise their blog?). I’m slowly working on getting my entire backlog of reviews scheduled and posted there—but it’s a bit of an exercise in patience because the site doesn’t work with my Windows Live Writer (which I use to publish here on WordPress). It’s all got to be done by hand, and requires quite a bit more work.

On a positive note, I’m over my tonsillitis (FINALLY) So I’m feeling much better, and spending less time napping. LOL

Next Week

I honestly don’t have a lot of plans schedule for next week. I’ll probably read, a lot… maybe get back to working on Khet for awhile, or revamping my novel ideas list (yes, I keep a list of novel ideas). I spent a good part of my morning today adding in ideas I’d jotted down on several sticky notes that had been floating around my desk the last week or two (it was getting ridiculous). My idea/plot list is up to about 70 now, but not all of them are completely plotted, so that’s something that needs to be hashed out at some point, and why not do it on a week I don’t have anything else scheduled? Otherwise… eh.  We’ll see what life throws my way come Monday.