The Forgotten Girls

The Forgotten Girls

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"They are the victims no one has ever cared about, until now. Agents Stevens and Windermere return in the blistering new crime novel from the fast-rising, multi-award-nominated suspense star. 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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2017
ISBN: 9780399174551
Characteristics: 360 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 14, 2020

As a reader of more that 100 mysteries a year, I am hard to please. I usually enjoy the Stevens and Windermere books, but this one was just OK for me. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Dec 16, 2019

immediately engaging story of lost and struggling young people -- out on there own in some very unsafe areas and lifestyles. Some co-incidents are a little to convenient but keep the story flying along. I didn't like the final few pages -- by then I think I was caught up in some expectation that the young woman would have made more positive changes -- but I think that is some Cinderella delusions on my part -- the reasons that sent these victims into danger's way are ones that are not easily if ever reversed. Give this one a shot. Liked it.

Dec 18, 2017

A bit of a departure from Laukkanen's more usual subject matter in police procedural thrillers, but a compelling and fast read. This continues to be a very strong series, and well worth taking on (you can start from the beginning with "The Professionals" if you like, or take them as they come).

Aug 08, 2017

Almost tangible description of the severe climate, you feel really uncomfortable.
There are so many names of law enforcement personnel that you get confused about who is who.
Recalls real case of Robert Pickton
This is the beginning of the next police series?
Will I read subsequent books from the series, if they will be other ones? Probably not.

May 09, 2017

Another well told entertaining book. This man can write. Looking forward to his next one.

Apr 24, 2017

Well written and suspenseful; it kept me turning the pages. Like many thriller novels, it wraps up pretty neatly and quickly at the end and a few things aren't plausible. For instance...
When he stole the deputy's car after shooting through the window and killing her...I found it very hard to believe that the window and blood went unnoticed at the roadblock.

Mar 26, 2017

A Good Read!!! I have enjoyed every book I have read by Owen Laukkanen.

Nov 10, 2016

For all my reviews, check out my blog Clues and Reviews

This book will be published on March 2017. Mark your calendars!

“You don’t ever surf the trains on Highline” is a common catchphrase used by drifters who hop the trains in the Northwestern railroad. The reasoning? There is something evil there. People just die, they disappear, they never show up to where they are headed. The evil comes in the form of a deadly serial killer; they call him the ghost rider. He never gets caught, he evades the elements and he preys on women who will not be missed. They are prostitutes, runaways, people who have been forgotten. They are his now; the forgotten girls.

The Forgotten Girls, by Owen Laukkanen,is the sixth novel in the Stevens and Windermere series. This police procedural follows these two agents as they discover a photo of the body of a murdered woman on a cell phone. Now, hot on the trail, they chase down lead after lead until they find themselves smack down in the middle of train riding subculture and completely wrapped up in the legend of “the ghost rider". Soon, they realize that it is not a legend or a ghost story; he is very much real and is responsible for up to 25 murders. As they go deeper into the investigation, they realize they are not the only one investigating. A young girl, Mila, is also seeking out the rider but for a completely different reason. Vengeance. As the two tales wrap around, the reader is taken on a gripping and thrilling ride.

I was initially worried that this novel would be difficult to follow; I didn’t realize that it was the sixth in the series. I have made this mistake before with other series and was unable to finish the book due to complete confusion. Do not worry my friends- this novel can completely be read as a standalone. I enjoyed it so much, I will be going back to track down the other five novels in this series. Owen Laukkanen is a fantastic writer and story developer. I was addicted from the first page.

Laukkanen used Canadian serial killer, Robert Pickton, as the background to The Forgotten Girls. This was especially interesting for me; I am Canadian so I remember this case very clearly. I am familiar with the places he speaks of in the novel and the terrain. It just made the novel even better for me. Laukkanen acknowledges this parallel during his author’s notes. I also loved Laukkanen’s use of the train and drifter subculture. It was completely different and so easy to become immersed in.

The novel is narrated as a police procedural normally is; the police case is highlighted with the insights by the officers involved. However, Laukkanen added several different perspectives. The reader gets glimpses and snippets into “the rider” as he prepares for the hunt and stalks his prey. This added a completely eerie element to the novel. He also gave Mila, the young vigilante, her own perspective. This gave so much variety and depth to the story. It was easy to connect with each character this way; I even found myself intrigued by “the rider” and his motivations.

I also loved the progression of this novel. As I was reading, I could feel the plot building and I was waiting for the plot to resolve itself. I had a pretty solid idea of where it was going to go- there weren't really many options. However, at that point, Laukkanen takes the reader on another journey and rebuilds the plot back up. I felt like just when the novel couldn’t be filled with any more tension, Laukkanen found a way to take it to the next level. I loved this.

If you are a fan of the police procedural, or just want a really gripping and enthralling read, then I think you have found the next book to add to your TBR list.

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