Happy belated release!
Thanks so much to Doubleday Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
TWO GIRLS DOWN – Louisa Luna (Released January 9th, 2018)
Any other fans of the abduction thrillers?
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
One element that I love having incorporated into a thriller is abduction. It’s always a different scenario and so many people end up becoming involved. So when I read the synopsis for TWO GIRLS DOWN by Louisa Luna, I was anxious to start! Two young girls go missing and their mother, Jamie, is desperate to find them, so she enlists the help of people outside the police to bring them back to her.
When on their way to a birthday party, two girls go missing from a mall parking lot in Pennsylvania. Their mother is frantic in her search for them and when the police aren’t making any progress, her aunt calls up Alice Vega. Despite the doubts of family members, Jamie hires her and hopes for the best. Alice enlists the help of Max Caplan, a former cop that goes by Cap. The two go to extreme lengths to find Kylie and Bailey and bring them home safely. With Cap running from his past and the two having to fight the police department for help, they have their work cut out for them. Will they be able to find the girls before they’re gone forever?
I loved the multiple perspectives in this book. The characters are so different from each other that it gives the reader time to get to know everyone. Not only does Luna capture how this abduction affects the small town, but she also shows the impacts that the drug epidemic is causing. The sense of hopelessness and the pressure the local police department is under are what contribute to Alice Vega being hired.
Even though abduction is a popular theme in the thriller genre, this one was approached in a unique way. The way the story was unfolding kept me flipping the pages – this was not your typical missing child suspense. I definitely thought I had the ending figured out, but I was so wrong and I loved how it didn’t feel to come out of nowhere.
Overall, if you want a unique abduction thriller with a bad ass female lead, then make sure TWO GIRLS DOWN is on your TBR. If you want a suspense novel with a seamlessly woven story that also addresses the drug epidemic in the US, then I would highly recommend this new thriller.
What are some common themes you like to see in your thrillers or suspense novels?