Two Girls Down
As addictive, cinematic, and binge-worthy a narrative as The Wire and The Killing, Two Girls Down introduces Louisa Luna as a thriller writer of immense talent and verve. When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and 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 to find the girls, 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.

Two Girls Down Details

TitleTwo Girls Down
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 9th, 2018
PublisherDoubleday
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction

Two Girls Down Review

  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars here.I love when a book you stumble upon by an author you're not familiar with turns out to be a terrific read. Such was the case with Louisa Luna's Two Girls Down . It's a well-written, suspenseful whodunnit with some pretty fascinating characters.A single mother, sometimes Jamie Brandt just needs a break from her two daughters, 10-year-old Kylie and 8-year-old Bailey. They're always wanting something, needing something, and she's just tired. What she wouldn't give I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars here.I love when a book you stumble upon by an author you're not familiar with turns out to be a terrific read. Such was the case with Louisa Luna's Two Girls Down . It's a well-written, suspenseful whodunnit with some pretty fascinating characters.A single mother, sometimes Jamie Brandt just needs a break from her two daughters, 10-year-old Kylie and 8-year-old Bailey. They're always wanting something, needing something, and she's just tired. What she wouldn't give for a few minutes of peace.On the way to a birthday party, Jamie and the girls stop at a strip mall so Jamie can pick up a gift. She's just going to be five minutes, and she knows letting the girls come into the store will only lead to fighting, whining, and chaos, so she leaves them in the car with the ignition running. When she comes out of the store about 10 minutes later, her car is there but the girls are missing.With the town's police force stretched beyond its means due to budget cuts and a growing drug epidemic, Jamie's family hires Alice Vega, an unorthodox bounty hunter with a good record of finding missing children. The local police don't take too kindly to Alice's involvement in the girls' case despite the fact they can't devote any resources to it, so she decides to turn to Max "Cap" Caplan, a former police detective who resigned from the force in disgrace.Cap is trying to put his past life behind him, but it isn't rewarding taking pictures of cheating spouses and tracking down bail skips, so as much as he wants to avoid interacting with his former colleagues, there's something about Alice Vega that draws him in.Alice and Cap make a commanding pair, and they start making progress on trying to find out what happened to the girls, which of course leads to the inevitable run-ins with the police. Little by little they have to determine which leads are false and which have potential, which people pose a threat and which people were merely in the wrong place at the wrong time, and uncover just how deep this crime runs within the town. At the same time, Alice and Cap have to struggle with their own demons, knowing every second they delay or ponder could result in the girls' deaths, if they aren't dead already.I thought Luna did a great job with this book. Like with so many mysteries, I suspected nearly every character that popped up in the narrative, and I kept hoping she wouldn't disappoint me by taking the easy way out. I thought the resolution of the story was a little more complicated that it needed to be, but it definitely affected me, because as depressing as it was, I know that Luna didn't just invent this scenario out of whole cloth.There was a good amount of tension and some great action, I thought Cap was a terrific character, and Alice is a bit of a badass! Luna knew how to ratchet up the suspense and toss in some characters you can't figure out if you should root for them or not. I don't know whether she intends this to become a series, but I hope to see more of Alice and Cap. There's so much I'd love to know about their backstories, too.I really enjoyed this and read most of the book in one day. I'll definitely be looking for the next book in Luna's career! This one is worth a read.NetGalley and Doubleday provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available! See all of my reviews at http://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blo....
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    I could not put this book down! I read this book over the course of one day. Brilliant. Two Girls Down is a page turner with well developed characters, an intriguing and well written plot, suspense and a feeling of dread. Jamie is a single Mother to two young daughters, 10 year old Kylie and 8 year old Bailey. She is running errands and goes into a Kmart ALONE (R U f'ing kidding me? Who leaves kids alone in a car?)to buy a birthday present. While she is in the Kmart picking out a gift, her daugh I could not put this book down! I read this book over the course of one day. Brilliant. Two Girls Down is a page turner with well developed characters, an intriguing and well written plot, suspense and a feeling of dread. Jamie is a single Mother to two young daughters, 10 year old Kylie and 8 year old Bailey. She is running errands and goes into a Kmart ALONE (R U f'ing kidding me? Who leaves kids alone in a car?)to buy a birthday present. While she is in the Kmart picking out a gift, her daughters get out of the car and are not seen again. Later they are seen on camera walking around, going into an ice cream shop, and then walk out of the camera's frame. Gone. Missing. Abducted. It doesn't help that eye witness accounts vary and not all eye witnesses are viewed as reliable.Jamie's family calls in a tough as nails bounty hunter named Alice Vega to help find the girls. Vega has a reputation for finding people that the police cannot. While in town Vega hires Max Caplan, a private detective who was once a police officer who resigned after a scandal. The local police are also on the case but they are stretched thin and the family wants answers as the clock is ticking. The police are not happy that Vega and Cap are also investigating which adds some angst to this story. Every second counts in child abduction and even the feds are eventually called in to find the missing girlsInitially there is not much to go on but Vega has the assistance of an unknown Computer hacker/whiz called "the Bastard". As their computer whiz begins digging up info, Vega and Cap have information to go and start the process of eliminating suspects. Along the way they get leads, some of which pan out, some of which don't really seem to go anywhere. I appreciated seeing them investigate false leads as not all police investigations are cut and dry. This gave the book a very realistic feel. As the clock ticks the duo follow every lead hoping to find the girls.As I previously stated, I read this book in one day. It was a real page turner for me. I really enjoyed both Vega and Cap. I thought they had good chemistry together. Both were tough in their own ways, they both were driven to find the girls and each had a no-back-down attitude. I also liked that even though there were hints of attraction, and not so subtle hints between the two, this did not become a romance. Throughout the book, there was a feeling of dread as the two young girls are missing and there are seemingly very little clues. Will they be found alive? Will they be harmed? Could they have been taken by a child molester? Were they sold? Will there be a ransom? Are they dead? There are so many questions about the girls besides just their whereabouts and who may have taken them.Another mystery in this book was bounty hunter Alice Vega. We know more about Cap and his life. But Vega is also a little bit of a mystery. She reveals very little about herself in this book. She opens up some to Cap but overall, she herself is a mystery to the reader. Which made her character even more interesting to me. I loved that the plot was fast paced which helped keep the pages turning but added more suspense and anxiety as the girls lives are at stake. I could almost feel the anxiety that the characters in this book must be feeling while trying to track down the girls and their abductor/abductors. This book was brilliantly paced, well written and had a great story. This was my first book by Louisa Luna but it will not be my last.Thank you to Doubleday Books and NetGalley who provided me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com
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  • Mackey St
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsTwo Girls Down by Louisa Luna is everything that a good mystery/thriller should be! This fast past story was riveting, character driven, dark and twisty from beginning to end! Alice Vega, as the ceaseless bounty hunter, was an enigmatic character that drew you in and made you anxious to know more. In a small town in New Jersey, two girls are taken from a shopping mall parking lot. After a few days without progress, the family calls in Alice Vega, a bounty hunter/private detective with a 4.5 starsTwo Girls Down by Louisa Luna is everything that a good mystery/thriller should be! This fast past story was riveting, character driven, dark and twisty from beginning to end! Alice Vega, as the ceaseless bounty hunter, was an enigmatic character that drew you in and made you anxious to know more. In a small town in New Jersey, two girls are taken from a shopping mall parking lot. After a few days without progress, the family calls in Alice Vega, a bounty hunter/private detective with a great record for finding people. She enlists the help of "Cap," who was forced into resignation from the police department. This would be a run-of-the-mill chid abduction/P.I. story if it weren't for the extremely well drawn characters. Vega is one of the most captivating main characters I've come across in ages. In turn, the chemistry that develops between Vega and Cap is electric. It's not romance, it's not over done, it's the tingling hope of what could or might be. The missing girl's mother is perfectly portrayed as a very flawed but still good mother who is completely unraveling before our eyes. Finally, Cap's teenage daughter Nell - thank you Louisa Luna for giving us a bright, well articulated teenage girl who does not make us hate her within the first chapter! I love her and the relationship she has with Cap. Each and every character, from the main to the minute, were brilliantly captured by Luna. Despite departmental politics and strange leads that appear to go nowhere, Vega has her methods for solving puzzles, most of which fall outside the lines of the law. In the end, however, she gets her bounty! I guarantee you that this is one puzzle you will not want to miss!Many thanks to Netgalley, Doubleday and Louisa Luna for an advanced copy of the book.
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Louisa Luna's Two Girls Down is a binge-worthy whodunnit crime fiction novel that realistically paints how rural America is affected by today's drug epidemic. The story starts off with single mother Jamie Brandt taking her two daughters Kylie and Bailey to the mall so they can get a gift for Kylie's friend's birthday party. Jamie is a struggling single parent in a town where income inequality is rampant. Denville, Pennsylvania is a small town outside of Philadelphia—modest, poor, ignorant, and Louisa Luna's Two Girls Down is a binge-worthy whodunnit crime fiction novel that realistically paints how rural America is affected by today's drug epidemic. The story starts off with single mother Jamie Brandt taking her two daughters Kylie and Bailey to the mall so they can get a gift for Kylie's friend's birthday party. Jamie is a struggling single parent in a town where income inequality is rampant. Denville, Pennsylvania is a small town outside of Philadelphia—modest, poor, ignorant, and proud, 'Murica. After Jamie returns from the mall to get her daughter's friend a gift, she is startled to see that her daughters are missing. The kidnapping of Kylie and Bailey Brandt has received considerable attention in the news; throwing the town of Denville on a loop. The police force is struggling to find any leads, so the Brandt family hires private investigator Alice Vega to help with the case. Alice Vega is a no-nonsense Californian who acts first and speaks later. She has an impeccable track record in finding missing children, arriving to Denville and ready to investigate. The town doesn't take to Alice very well—they too proud to accept her services. Alice quickly starts figuring out that things in Denville aren't exactly what they seem. Everyone has an alibi, everyone has a story, but who has something to gain from these two missing girls? Two Girls Down was a very interesting read for me because when I first picked it up, I was initially thinking, "oh this will be just like every other crime fiction/detective novel", but I was happily mistaken. Alice Vega might actually be my favorite heroine of all time. She is a bad ass to the Nth degree! She is witty, strong, funny, smart—ugh I can keep going. I really hope Louisa Luna continues writing stories including Alice Vega because she really is just amazing and nothing I can say here can perfectly describe how much I fangirl over her. Alice Vega easily gives me the ability to give this read a 4 star rating without even batting an eye. I also really enjoyed the way the plot began to unfold before my eyes. I really thought this story was going to take a certain turn, but I was pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong. It kept me on my toes and captured my attention. The story unfolds in an interesting, unique way; without the gimmicky plot twists that many novels are throwing out there to try to shock the reader. Ms. Luna also intelligently mentions the drug epidemic sprawling throughout America; showcasing it through the town of Denville and its inhabitants. I really haven't picked up anything recently that portrays that aspect of American society and it was something that actually made me take a second to think about. It was a really robust story that pieced everything together seamlessly.Two Girls Down will be released January 9, 2018. Thank you Doubleday Books for my advanced copy for my honest review.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    TWO GIRLS DOWN BY LOUISE LUNATwo young girls are left in the car while their mother goes into Kmart to buy a birthday present from her daughters as they are on their way to a birthday party. The mother returns to the car to her horror her two daughters are gone. She goes into each store in the strip mall asking the occupants if they have seen two girls. They had stopped in an ice cream parlor and consumed all of the free tasting servings that was allowed and then they left. The police are not he TWO GIRLS DOWN BY LOUISE LUNATwo young girls are left in the car while their mother goes into Kmart to buy a birthday present from her daughters as they are on their way to a birthday party. The mother returns to the car to her horror her two daughters are gone. She goes into each store in the strip mall asking the occupants if they have seen two girls. They had stopped in an ice cream parlor and consumed all of the free tasting servings that was allowed and then they left. The police are not helping with their budget cuts and the mother's aunt hires Alice Vega who is a bounty hunter and private investigator from California. Alice is tough, smart, a no nonsense character with a record of finding lost children. Rebuffed by the police captain more or less telling her that they don't want her help, she enlist's retired policeman Max Caplin for help. Max Caplin is a nice, ethical easy going private investigator who has a sixteen year old daughter that persuades him to join forces with Alice Vega.Max took the fall for a younger police officer with a wife and two young children. The contrast in personalities couldn't be more opposite between Max and Alice Vega. The two of them work well together and there is a maze of false leads and dead ends trying to find the missing girls. This was full of action and an addictive read with a unique blend of storytelling for this kind of novel. Although there was a complex amount of suspects the more I read the more things would start to make sense. I agree with other reviewers that at times this could get confusing. But a little further reading would get me back on track. I gave this five stars because this is not the typical writing style of many stories that I have read before in this genre with a similar subject matter.The ending was well worth the journey to get there. The perpetrator of this crime was the furthest most unlikely suspect of all. I never figured out who took the girls until the author reveals it at the very end. There were many more likely character's and suspects giving this story plenty of twists and turns. I will say that it was a realistic and a very sad reason that the girls were taken. I really loved being surprised by the ending. I love the character's of Max Caplin and Alice Vega and the way they worked together to solve this case. I hope to see them again. These two character's would make an excellent series.Thank you to Net Galley, Louisa Luna and Random House Publishing for my digital copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Reading.Between.Wines
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5My reviews and other random thoughts can also be seen at ----------------------> https://readingbetweenwinessite.wordp...Two Girls Down is my first book from Louisa Luna, and while I probably won't read any of her previous books, I will definitely read any other adult books she will (hopefully) put out. This book was intense, very mysterious, and I had no clue who it was until it was revealed at the end. The cover of this book is beautiful, and I'm sure it will be even prettier in pe ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5My reviews and other random thoughts can also be seen at ----------------------> https://readingbetweenwinessite.wordp...Two Girls Down is my first book from Louisa Luna, and while I probably won't read any of her previous books, I will definitely read any other adult books she will (hopefully) put out. This book was intense, very mysterious, and I had no clue who it was until it was revealed at the end. The cover of this book is beautiful, and I'm sure it will be even prettier in person once the book is out. I read an ARC via NetGalley and the publisher, and it had a different cover on my uncorrected proof. Vega is a very strong female character and I LOVED her. She literally kicked ass and it was amazing. Although this book had a very heavy subject manner it was very well done. Cringe worthy moments were interspersed with plenty of funny moments and one liners, and it was a very nice touch. I also thought the main characters were well developed and I got to know them enough that I actually cared about them, that is to say I cared about Nell, Cap and Vega. You don't get all the details about any of their lives, but it was enough for me to connect to them and worry about their well being during this book. It has plenty of action, and I found myself not wanting to put it down. Some parts got a little slow for me, but overall there was a ton of action, and it kept me hooked for the entire read. My only small disappointment is what happened at the end with Vega and Cap, wish that would have ended differently.Final Word: I would definitely recommend reading this when it comes out, or if you have NetGalley, requesting it now! So good. *This book is set to be published on 01/09/2018**Special thanks to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book. My review is completely honest and unbiased
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Fast-paced suspense thriller set in present day Denville, Pennsylvania, USA.Alice Vega is a bounty hunter who specializes in finding kidnapped and missing children. When two young sisters go missing from a strip mall parking lot, she's called in by the girls' aunt to find them. The local police department is understaffed and aren't interested in Alice's "help", so she tracks down a disgraced former detective turned private investigator (Max Caplan) to help her with the search.Bailey is 8 and Kyl Fast-paced suspense thriller set in present day Denville, Pennsylvania, USA.Alice Vega is a bounty hunter who specializes in finding kidnapped and missing children. When two young sisters go missing from a strip mall parking lot, she's called in by the girls' aunt to find them. The local police department is understaffed and aren't interested in Alice's "help", so she tracks down a disgraced former detective turned private investigator (Max Caplan) to help her with the search.Bailey is 8 and Kylie is 10, according to their mother Jamie Brandt, who was just inside a store for a few minutes before returning to the empty car where she'd left the girls. Witnesses report seeing the girls get into a car, but other details are sketchy or missing. It's up to Vega and Cap to figure out what happened. The narrative moves along quickly alternating between the points of view of Vega and Cap. The Feds are called in and the police also get involved as different veins of the investigation proceed and more is discovered -- could be that this nabbing is related to the cases of two other missing girls. The characters are what makes this book so interesting. Lots of flaws and personality quirks, some great dialogue and a hint of backstory. Makes the reader want to get to know the parties better. Cap's daughter, Nell, is very a three-dimensional teen and seems to have a good head on her shoulders. Alice is self-contained and sensitive though she's as tough as nails while getting the job done. Cap is solid as both man, father and cop. Although there is a hint that Vega and Cap could deepen their relationship beyond their professional partnership, romance is not in bloom ...yet (I so appreciate that). I'm wondering if this is the first in a new series. I'll definitely look for a sequel!I enjoyed this and look forward to reading other books by this author. Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Penguin Random House for this e-book ARC to read and review.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I've read by Louisa Luna and I'm impressed. Two girls, Kylie-10 and Bailey-8, disappear from a parked car in a strip mall while their Mom, Jamie runs in quickly to get a gift for a birthday party they are on their way to attend. The police department is investigating, but they are short-staffed and unable to provide enough time and manpower to do a thorough job. The family hires Alice Vega, a private investigator with a stunning track record for finding missing persons. Al This is the first book I've read by Louisa Luna and I'm impressed. Two girls, Kylie-10 and Bailey-8, disappear from a parked car in a strip mall while their Mom, Jamie runs in quickly to get a gift for a birthday party they are on their way to attend. The police department is investigating, but they are short-staffed and unable to provide enough time and manpower to do a thorough job. The family hires Alice Vega, a private investigator with a stunning track record for finding missing persons. Alice then gets help from a former police detective, Max Caplan (known as Cap), who resigned after an incident that made him look guilty.Alice is a tough, type-A personality who is focused and persistent. Cap, while a dedicated professional who takes his job seriously, is a lovable family man whose focus is to take care of his daughter. The two work together well - both good characters. This is a fast-paced, tension-building story as if the girls are to be found alive every hour counts. A good mystery that kept me flipping the pages and hoping for the girls to be found unharmed. I could see there being a series with Alice Vega starring as the humble superhero.Thanks to Louisa Luna and Doubleday Books through Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nancy McFarlane
    January 1, 1970
    Alice Vega is a seriously bad-ass bounty hunter from CA who specializes in finding missing children. When 8 year old Bailey and 10 year old Kylie disappear from their mother’s car while she runs into a store, Alice is hired by the girls’ aunt to come to the small PA town to help the overworked and understaffed police. Alice immediately convinces Max Caplan (Cap) to help her. Cap is a disgraced ex-police officer who is now a PI. Not only does Vega have extraordinary martial arts skills but she al Alice Vega is a seriously bad-ass bounty hunter from CA who specializes in finding missing children. When 8 year old Bailey and 10 year old Kylie disappear from their mother’s car while she runs into a store, Alice is hired by the girls’ aunt to come to the small PA town to help the overworked and understaffed police. Alice immediately convinces Max Caplan (Cap) to help her. Cap is a disgraced ex-police officer who is now a PI. Not only does Vega have extraordinary martial arts skills but she also has the resources of a super hacker to get her any information she needs. Together they form a powerful team that can do things and go places the police can’t. An easy readable writing style, a great story line with a very unexpected ending, and really likeable characters who give the book an added layer of excitement and who I hope we see again make this a book you won’t want to miss.
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  • Cass ☘
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I hadn't heard of this author before, I believe she's mostly written YA books. And for a debut thriller novel, this is outstanding!The story is about two young sisters who going missing from a mall parking lot in Denville, NJ. The family hires bad ass bounty hunter Alice Vega, who enlists the help of local former cop Max Caplan. Together they stay 3 steps ahead of the already overworked police force.All characters were well developed, the story was engrossing and a very well written who-don Wow! I hadn't heard of this author before, I believe she's mostly written YA books. And for a debut thriller novel, this is outstanding!The story is about two young sisters who going missing from a mall parking lot in Denville, NJ. The family hires bad ass bounty hunter Alice Vega, who enlists the help of local former cop Max Caplan. Together they stay 3 steps ahead of the already overworked police force.All characters were well developed, the story was engrossing and a very well written who-done-it. I could easily see (and hope for) a series with Vega. I very much enjoyed and recommend reading as soon as it comes out January 9, 2018.Thanks to NetGalley, Doubleday and Louisa Luna for ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amy's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of TWO GIRLS DOWN in exchange for my honest review.***GRADE: A-4.5 STARSWhen two sisters go missing outside a mall, the girls’ aunt calls in private detective Alice Vega, who enlists the help of disgraced ex-cop Max Caplan.TWO GIRLS DOWN starts off slowly but the unique characters kept me reading until I was hooked. Louisa Luna created messy, complex, highly imperfect characters who were always sympathetic. Jamie, the girls’ over stres ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of TWO GIRLS DOWN in exchange for my honest review.***GRADE: A-4.5 STARSWhen two sisters go missing outside a mall, the girls’ aunt calls in private detective Alice Vega, who enlists the help of disgraced ex-cop Max Caplan.TWO GIRLS DOWN starts off slowly but the unique characters kept me reading until I was hooked. Louisa Luna created messy, complex, highly imperfect characters who were always sympathetic. Jamie, the girls’ over stresses single mother initially responds with vitriol when she meets Vega and Cap. Who does that? I pictured myself in the situation thankful for any help. I thought of the parents of famous missing children and their tearful please for help. Not Jamie. Yet her unlikability works and grew on me until I understood who she was. Cap’s daughter Nell was my favorite character, bright and astute she had a great relationship with her father. I became more invested in TWO GIRLS DOWN 25% into the story and couldn’t put it down. While I didn’t guess the ultimate resolution, some of my theories were accurate. My only slight criticism was the lack of emotion I felt in certain areas of the story that should have watered my eyes. I wish Luna had put more heart into TWO GIRLS DOWN.I wouldn’t mind seeing Vega and Cap back together solving other crimes in the future.
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  • Lori Lesko
    January 1, 1970
    When Lee Childs writes, “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.” I knew I was in for something spectacular. My pulse raced from page one. Two sisters go missing strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town. And their mother hires Alice Vega, a female tough as nails bounty hunter. I loved this book for that part alone.The police are little to no help which l When Lee Childs writes, “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.” I knew I was in for something spectacular. My pulse raced from page one. Two sisters go missing strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town. And their mother hires Alice Vega, a female tough as nails bounty hunter. I loved this book for that part alone.The police are little to no help which left me suspicious from the very start. Then enters Max Caplan a disgraced former cop who is willing to help Alice. The two merge into one hell of a rescue team. I kept hearing the line from the movie TAKEN "I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you." This book was one hell of a fun ride. It had well developed characters, great prose and a plot with an unexpected ending.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for an advanced copy in exchange for this review.It is rare to read a book with so many twists and turns that are pulled off flawlessly.Two Girls Down is not your typically thriller. It had me guessing until the very end.Alice Vega is a bounty hunter with a reputation for finding missing kids. She is called to a small town in Pennsylvania where two little girls have disappeared from a strip mall. She police immediately shut her out, so she brings in a f Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for an advanced copy in exchange for this review.It is rare to read a book with so many twists and turns that are pulled off flawlessly.Two Girls Down is not your typically thriller. It had me guessing until the very end.Alice Vega is a bounty hunter with a reputation for finding missing kids. She is called to a small town in Pennsylvania where two little girls have disappeared from a strip mall. She police immediately shut her out, so she brings in a former cop named Max to help with the case. What I loved about the book was that there was not just one character who overshadowed the story. As Vega attempts to untangle web of deceit, lies, relationships, and false leads, you wonder if she will find the girls in time. Each page is unpredictable and had me on the edge of my seat! Luna's writing is superb, and she has created a story that will keep you guessing. On one hand, you are hoping for the best outcome; on the other hand, you will not be sure it is possible.
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  • Karyn Niedert
    January 1, 1970
    AWESOME book with a fabulously flawed heroine. Definitely plan to purchase this as gifts for some of my book-loving friends.RELEASE DATE: January 9, 2018RATING: 5GENRE: Mystery/ThrillerAUDIENCE: Fans of Carol O’Connell, Robert Crais, and Michael Connelly should try this one out.SERIES: Standalone, but fingers crossed for a possible follow up.REVIEW: Alice Vega has been called in by the great aunt of two young girls who seemingly vanished from a Pennsylvania strip mall. Vega is experienced in se AWESOME book with a fabulously flawed heroine. Definitely plan to purchase this as gifts for some of my book-loving friends.RELEASE DATE: January 9, 2018RATING: 5GENRE: Mystery/ThrillerAUDIENCE: Fans of Carol O’Connell, Robert Crais, and Michael Connelly should try this one out.SERIES: Standalone, but fingers crossed for a possible follow up.REVIEW: Alice Vega has been called in by the great aunt of two young girls who seemingly vanished from a Pennsylvania strip mall. Vega is experienced in searching for and locating the missing, although she admits that not all of her finds have been as successful as hoped.Max Caplan is a somewhat down-on-his-luck P.I. that Vega pegs as her one good shot as an “in” to the police department that soundly shut her out from the moment she arrives on scene. Caplan’s previous experience on the local PD came to a bad end, and although he was a great cop, no one in the police department wants to give him the time of day.Together, along with an all-seeing cyberslueth Vega calls on for all kinds of informational goodies, they weave their way through suspects, disgusting people, false leads, and even more disgusting people. The ending is an absolute grand slam that I didn’t see coming. Fabulous!The mystery of Alice Vega was just as interesting as the kidnapping she was called in to solve. Luna gives readers just bits and pieces of Vega, and never reveals the whole Vega story. Many parts of her past are revealed, such as how she got into the unique niche she calls a job, but there are so many facets to her character that I’d love to read more about.Caplan is a good guy, a great father, and a smart ex-cop. When he aligns his experience with Vega’s info connections, they are unstoppable.Many books are referred to as “could not put this one down”, but this was sincerely an edge of my seat read. I was so intrigued that I looked at previous Luna novels and see that while she’s not a prolific writer, what she does write is quality work. So, here’s to hoping for a sequel (dare I wish for a series?) to “Two Girls Down”, one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. *Tremendous thanks to Edelweiss and Doubleday for an ARC.
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  • Danielle Rose
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley to read and review. The below is my honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you, Louisa Luna, the publisher, and NetGalley, for allowing me to review.When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega I received an ARC from NetGalley to read and review. The below is my honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you, Louisa Luna, the publisher, and NetGalley, for allowing me to review.When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and 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 to find the girls, 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.TWO GIRLS DOWN was an exciting thriller with great character development. This fast-paced read kept me clutching my Kindle until the wee hours of the morning. I was impressed with the plot, which was extremely well done. I can only imagine the author must have outlined this one thoroughly before embarking on the journey, which only made for a more satisfying read., which was done in just one sitting.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    Well done suspense thriller with a likeable character and surprise ending. Some parts were a little unbelievable but that's the nature of fiction, I guess. A nice cross between a thriller and psychological suspense.Thanks to the publisher for the advance reading copy.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent read! I won this book from a publisher's rep in a drawing at my local indie bookstore, http://www.bluewillowbookshop.com/. I wasn't sure what to expect, but what a pleasant surprise. It's a great suspense novel, with strong writing. I was interested in the storyline throughout, and I really liked the main characters. I'm hoping the author will consider writing a series using the protagonist; I think it would be really good and I would definitely read it.An ex-cop turned PI is recrui An excellent read! I won this book from a publisher's rep in a drawing at my local indie bookstore, http://www.bluewillowbookshop.com/. I wasn't sure what to expect, but what a pleasant surprise. It's a great suspense novel, with strong writing. I was interested in the storyline throughout, and I really liked the main characters. I'm hoping the author will consider writing a series using the protagonist; I think it would be really good and I would definitely read it.An ex-cop turned PI is recruited to help find two missing little girls. The plot is interesting and a little twisted, with just a light touch of potential romance for the main characters - just enough to make it provocative but not enough to distract from the intrigue. A really good ending that I didn't see coming. I did think that it was a little stretch for the PI's to tie some of the clues together to find a common link to the crime, but I shrugged that off because the story itself was so good and the ending was convoluted enough to keep me guessing. I was told that the cover art will be changing, and I think it should. I'm not one to purchase a book simply because of its cover, but the current one probably wouldn't have attracted me at all. I'm glad I had a chance to read the book without being negatively distracted by the current cover, because this is definitely an excellent and well-written story.
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  • Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for giving me this book for an honest review. Well, it starts off when two sisters disappeared from a mall their mother had brought them to. Devastated by this incident, the mother hires a private investigator, Alice Vega to find them. Vega has had a lot of success in finding missing children. The case unfolds as Vega enlists the help of former cop, Max Caplan, who has problems of his own.The search begins as we delve into the lives of these girls and others who were taken be Thank you NetGalley for giving me this book for an honest review. Well, it starts off when two sisters disappeared from a mall their mother had brought them to. Devastated by this incident, the mother hires a private investigator, Alice Vega to find them. Vega has had a lot of success in finding missing children. The case unfolds as Vega enlists the help of former cop, Max Caplan, who has problems of his own.The search begins as we delve into the lives of these girls and others who were taken before them. I was very surprised at the end of who it was and the why it happened.Very well written - I would definitely read more of Luna's books. This book will not be out until Jan. 9, 2018 but definitely should be put on your TBR list - or pre-ordered.
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  • Linda Quinn
    January 1, 1970
    With all the thrillers I've read over the past few years, I figured Two Girls Down was going to be just another formulaic missing/murdered kid story. This was so much better than what I expected. Luna portrays the investigators as complex, flawed but still likable and focused on finding these two girls. The twists, turns and tension kept me up reading way past my bedtime to get to the end of this book. I hope there are sequels planned!
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  • Chelse
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent story! I loved reading this book. The author definitely captured my attention in the very beginning and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. I had never read this author before and I’m looking forward to reading more books in the future.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this absorbing PI thriller and see no particular flaws in the writing or plot, but just didn't find it as unique as it's being billed. The female lead could be one of Thomas Perry's (especially because of her skip trace experience) or a Claire DeWitt--I can think of more female PI characters like Alice Vega than ones that aren't like her. I liked the relationship between her and the ex-cop but it didn't feel new. Probably my favorite thing was the ex-cop's bumbling text conversations w I enjoyed this absorbing PI thriller and see no particular flaws in the writing or plot, but just didn't find it as unique as it's being billed. The female lead could be one of Thomas Perry's (especially because of her skip trace experience) or a Claire DeWitt--I can think of more female PI characters like Alice Vega than ones that aren't like her. I liked the relationship between her and the ex-cop but it didn't feel new. Probably my favorite thing was the ex-cop's bumbling text conversations with his teenage daughter (he tries to tell her to mind her own business, MYOB, and ends up sending "myocardial"). I'd read another novel by this author, but I didn't find a hook here that would make this a favorite series. Avoid if you don't like to read about children in peril.Review copy received from Edelweiss.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    I have received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. Two Girls Down had my interest from the first page, it captivated my interest immediately. When I finished a page I couldn't wait to see what was around the corner. It was a fast paced thriller book. I couldn't put the book down once I started it. The characters an the plot was very liked, and let me tell you I did not see the ending coming at all! I will defiantly recommend this book to my whole family. Loui I have received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. Two Girls Down had my interest from the first page, it captivated my interest immediately. When I finished a page I couldn't wait to see what was around the corner. It was a fast paced thriller book. I couldn't put the book down once I started it. The characters an the plot was very liked, and let me tell you I did not see the ending coming at all! I will defiantly recommend this book to my whole family. Louisa Luna will defiantly be on my list of new authors to read!!
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  • Susan W
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent book. Kept reading way past my bedtime and then some. Liked the characters, the setting and the plot. Never saw that coming. Highly recommend and i hope it comes out in audio, i know many audio readers who will want to read this. Thank you edelweiss, i enjoyed this very much.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Psychological thriller...two sisters are missing from their mother's car, Who did they see and did they leave willingly? Cap and Vega join forces to find the girls and to bring them home safely. Just when you think you've figured it out, the story takes a surprising turn. Definitely a must read!
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  • Tamara
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come soon.Quick thoughts:Loved the character Alice Vega. Tough, bad-ass woman.The mystery was ok. It had a bit more potential and the ending, while written to be shocking, made sense once explained, but seemed to completely come out of left field. Fast read.
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  • Kristine R.
    January 1, 1970
    *2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge - book you b(r)ought on a trip*ARC reading copy received -- thank you!A little unpolished but the story itself was solid enough for me to enjoy this one. Would have liked to see Vega a little more developed as a character.
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  • Paige Green
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3/5Genre: MysteryRecommended Age: 16+ (language, violence, sexual lingo)I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley. All opinons are my own.As addictive, cinematic, and binge-worthy a narrative as The Wire and The Killing, Two Girls Down introduces Louisa Luna as a thriller writer of immense talent and verve. When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help fi Rating: 3/5Genre: MysteryRecommended Age: 16+ (language, violence, sexual lingo)I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley. All opinons are my own.As addictive, cinematic, and binge-worthy a narrative as The Wire and The Killing, Two Girls Down introduces Louisa Luna as a thriller writer of immense talent and verve. When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and 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 to find the girls, 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. - Amazon.comI've had a mystery kick for the past few months, so I picked this book up when I saw it on Netgalley. For the most part I thought this book was really good! It was a good mystery with a twist I didn't see coming. The plot was wonderfully well done and thought out and for the most part the main characters were very well developed. I really think that this book would do well in a series as apart of an ongoing mystery, Scooby-Doo type crime solving gang. However, I did have a bit of issues of with this book.I really thought that while the main characters were developed, they felt a little awkward around each other, especially in how one character talks to another. I also felt that there were too many characters in the story who were not pertiant to the story. There were also a lot of loose ends that weren't solved by the end of the book and the book had some lull periods where it felt like the author went off on tangents.Verdict: Awesome mystery, but lots of loose ends. I like my mysteries to wrap up completely at the end and for everything to be eventually connected and I'm a little disappointed that this one wasn't. It's a preference though and some readers might not care. It definitely was a good mystery novel and it comes out on January 9th! Make sure to grab your copy if your a mystery lover!
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  • Christina Sparks
    January 1, 1970
    **I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**Two Girls Down is not the typical genre of book that I like to read but every so often I try to mix it up a little and go outside my comfort zone. I was happy with my choice in requesting this title because I ended up really enjoying this!Alice Vega is a bounty hunter who also acts as a private investigator to finding missing persons. She is hired by Jaime Brandt to help find her girls, out of desperation and frust **I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**Two Girls Down is not the typical genre of book that I like to read but every so often I try to mix it up a little and go outside my comfort zone. I was happy with my choice in requesting this title because I ended up really enjoying this!Alice Vega is a bounty hunter who also acts as a private investigator to finding missing persons. She is hired by Jaime Brandt to help find her girls, out of desperation and frustration with the police department investigation going nowhere. The local police department completely shut Vega out so she ends up enlisting the help of former cop, Max Caplan. The strange duo work together to try to piece the whereabout of the Brandt girls together and hope that they are not too late to find the girls alive. I really liked the two main characters and that the author really worked their backgrounds into the story without being overbearing with detail. I normally don't like strong female characters who are super rough around the edges and don't give a crap about anyone or anything, but there's something a little different about Vega. She's a bit softer around the edges and more relatable; more human. I also really liked Caplans character, the relationship he had with his daughter and the dynamic between him and Vega . I applaud the well written characters overall. Another thing I enjoyed was how easy it was to get into and read for a few hours without realizing time was going by so quickly. Louisa Luna's writing was great and I was easily picturing each scene in my mind as if it were a movie. This is the kind of book you can breeze through within a day or two, depending on your reading style/habits. If you are someone who likes a good mystery thriller then give Two Girls Down a read. If you love books like that but twist endings are a must, then this one may fall a little short in that department. There are no crazy surprise twists at the end, although I still wasn't able to guess what happened and who did it before it was revealed. 3.5/5 Really enjoyed this book.
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  • Maria Logan-Montgomery
    January 1, 1970
    This is another one of those books you just can't put down: a plot that grabs you by the front of your shirt and doesn't let go, with excellent character development, and what a way with words. Two Girls Down, by Louisa Luna, takes the reader through the emotional roller coster of searching for missing children. That emotional trauma is, of course, felt most by the children's families, but we are shown how it also affects the authorities involved in the search.Two Girls Down is the heart-wrenchi This is another one of those books you just can't put down: a plot that grabs you by the front of your shirt and doesn't let go, with excellent character development, and what a way with words. Two Girls Down, by Louisa Luna, takes the reader through the emotional roller coster of searching for missing children. That emotional trauma is, of course, felt most by the children's families, but we are shown how it also affects the authorities involved in the search.Two Girls Down is the heart-wrenching story of the kidnapping of two little girls, and the search and rescue effort. It would be easy to blame the mother, Jamie Brant, as she curses at them and is, herself, an abuser of both drugs and alcohol, but she loves her children. Jamie's aunt hires a famous bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to find the girls.Lead character, Vega, refers to herself as someone who finds missing persons. Lead supporting character, Max Caplan (Cap) is a disgraced police officer turned private investigator who Vega hires to assist her. Cap's disgrace is due to his taking the fall for a younger officer who had a family to support.Through the voices of her characters, Luna reminds us of the dangers of starring at our phones instead of watching our children in any public place; of our prejudices: one character disliked Vega because of her appearance - she was a quarter Mexican. Then there is the effect drug use and alcoholism have on families: one older couple was at risk of losing their home because of their daughter's abuse of drugs and alcohol. The opioid crisis was mentioned several times.Through the voice of the narrator, she reminds us of many of today's issues: urban sprawl is mentioned more than once, and runoff from a coal mine is said to be causing a stream to be named Black Creek. One character with leathery skin was said to resemble another attractive character, except that she had spent too much time in the sun. Also, mentioned was the dangers of tobacco use (a person who had smoked for years and looked it, and another who didn't know if her cancer was caused by a life with parents and a husband who smoked or by asbestos in her workplace).All of these things are subtly woven into a compelling yet agonizing, and all too realistic story. This is one that will stay with you after you have closed the book, or turned off your e-reader.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    (Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book).Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna is one of the few books I would like to see in a movie version. This book had me hooked from the beginning and I could not stop reading until I had finished the whole story. Now I want to read more stories with Alice Vega! The theme of the story is serious and fast paced. Some of the scenes will cause you to feel anger toward child predators, and other scenes may bring tears to y (Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book).Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna is one of the few books I would like to see in a movie version. This book had me hooked from the beginning and I could not stop reading until I had finished the whole story. Now I want to read more stories with Alice Vega! The theme of the story is serious and fast paced. Some of the scenes will cause you to feel anger toward child predators, and other scenes may bring tears to your eyes. Two sisters disappear from a KMart parking lot while their mom rushes in to buy a birthday gift for the girls to take to a friends party. The single mother, Jamie, is stunned and seeking people to help her find the girls as the police are called. Jamie’s aunt Maggie calls for help from a California bounty hunter, Alice Vega. Alice always finds the people she has been hired to recover. Alice is intelligent and totally focused about the priorities of her job. When Alice arrives in Denville, PA she meets with Jamie and the family to learn all she can about the event. Alice has also checked on a former Denville detective who she feels will be able to help her with information from within the local police department.Max Caplan worked for the Denville police department for years until he suddenly retired after a prisoner died while he was on duty. Vega suspects that Caplan took the fall in order to protect another officer. Caplan is now working as a PI and enjoys his quiet life as a single father with his sixteen year old daughter, Nell.The author weaves the stories of these characters together to form an unforgettable series of events. Vega and Caplan work tirelessly to follow leads, search for any information to lead them to the person who took the girls.
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