Saturday, February 17, 2024

Review - Girl, Forgotten

  Girl, Forgotten
Author:   Karin Slaughter
Series:  Andrea Oliver #2
Publisher:   William Morrow
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Format:   Kindle ARC
Narrator:  Kathleen Early
Length:    15 hr 49 min
No. of pages:  400
Date of Publication:  August 23, 2022
Rating:   4 Stars


A small town hides a big secret…

Who killed Emily Vaughn?

Prom Night. Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn dresses carefully for what's supposed to be the highlight of any high school career. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the night, because of that secret, she will be dead.

Nearly forty years later, Andrea Oliver, newly qualified as a US Marshal, receives her first assignment: to go to Longbill Beach to protect a judge receiving death threats. But Andrea's real focus isn't the judge – it's Emily Vaughn. Ever since she first heard Emily's name a year ago, she's been haunted by her brutal death. Nobody was ever convicted – her friends closed ranks, her family shut themselves off in their grief, the town moved on – so the killer is still out there. But now Andrea has a chance to find out what really happened…


Andrea Oliver is now a US Marshall. Sometimes she still can't believe it. Her very first assignment will be in Longbill Beach as she will be protecting a judge who is receiving death threats. Forty years previously, Emily Vaughn was attacked and left for dead. Whatever it was that happened to Emily that night is most definitely connected to what is going on with the judge.

Although Andrea has a definite job, she cannot stop thinking about what happened to Emily all those years ago. In fact, the story tells of the past as well as the present. When considering what Emily experienced before her attack, it is unclear who it was who would have wanted her dead. Some of those very same people are present in Longbill Beach where Andrea has been assigned. Andrea talks to as many people as possible so that she can find out what happened to Emily and how it is connected to the judge's death threats now. 

While it is true that forty years have passed and Emily's case remains unsolved, Andrea is determined to find whatever answers she can to bring that case to a close.

Girl, Forgotten follows Pieces of Her, and what readers see is that Andrea's assignment, as well as her personal relationships, all come together. Danger is present almost from the very start. However, with a couple of surprising twists and turns, this second book in the Andrea Oliver series was a great read. Factoring in the excellent narration by Kathleen Early, and you won't be disappointed.

Many thanks to William Morrow and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Published in 37 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her nineteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. Her most recent novel, The Last Widow, features Sara Linton and Will Trent. A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. Her novels Cop Town, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her are all in development for film and television.

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