5 star reviews, Book reviews, thriller

Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

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5/5 stars

If you have young children, you may not want to read this book. When my girls were younger, I never could have read this.

I almost put it down because the area the story is set in is very depressed, the way the people talk and act is depressing and I just didn’t know if I wanted to get myself into that. But I stuck with it and I am so glad I did!

This book kept me guessing. Two girls, ages 8 and 10, are abducted from a shopping mall. Their mother is young and uneducated, and st the beginning of the story, you are not really sure if she sees the kids as a nuisance, but by the end, you know she LOVES them. The mother’s aunt hired a private investigator, Alice Vega, from California to come and find the girls. Vega has had a lot of success with this. She enlists the help of a disgraced former town cop, which ticks off the police chief. Together they follow leads and work out what has happened. There are some gruesome and upsetting parts in the story, but Louisa Luna handles them well. She doesn’t shy away from the difficult or dark things, but handles them with care. I LOVED Alice Vega’s character, she was tough and smart and I hope we get to see more of her and chip away at her rough exterior. I can not think of anything that could make this book better.