The Forgotten Girls

“You don’t ever surf trains on the High Line. The wind howled like a creature. Screamed. Steel shrieked against steel. The night was a dark blur: pine trees by thousands, Douglas firs looming out of the darkness, the occasional red smear as a signal tower whizzed past. And, above, the night sky, the stars, so many and so bright.”

The Forgotten Girls
By Owen Laukkanen

Agents Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere are part of a joint force between the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Activity and FBI investigating violent crimes. In this entry the two head out to the northern Rocky Mountains when the body of a woman is discovered. The girl is a train hopper on the high line and as they start narrowing details a lucky break leads them to believe she was killed in another state which opens the door to the possibility of more victims.

Why no one reported or missed these women is the sad realization that they were runaways or prostitutes but Stevens and Windermere plan to find justice and put a stop to the killer known as The Rider.

The investigators aren’t the only ones looking for The Rider though. Ash, one of the runaways, did have a friend who had cautioned her and now this friend is also seeking justice for Ash.

Danger abounds with a killer on the loose and ice cold weather conditions threatening safety. Although I have not read any other books in this series I thought this one read well as a standalone. I enjoyed that the investigators worked well together and this had a good mix of suspense and setting details to make me want to continue with the series.

Source: Advance Review Copy

Currently Reading

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. Ours was pretty quiet so you would have thought I’d get a lot of reading done but not so. I did have a lovely nap on Sunday so that was sort of makes up for that.

Anyway, I’m still carrying over books from last month and earlier but the books I have added to my stack this month are the following:

In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear. In Maisie’s 13th outing she is once again in charge of her detective agency but she’s taken on her latest case just as Britain has declared war on Nazi Germany. I love this series and hope that all of my favorite characters fare well throughout the difficult times ahead.

When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz. Charlotte has found out that one of her step-sister’s best friends was murdered but her sister is at a tech-free retreat. How can she get to her to tell her the news and make sure she is safe. In typical Krentz fashion there is mystery with a good dose of romance mixed in this story. This is a light read which is perfect for my lunch break.

The Dry by Jane Harper. Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns home to a farming community in Kiewarra, Australia in crisis. The drought has everyone under strain and now the community is reeling from the murder suicide of Luke Handler, Aarons’ best friend. I’m so glad I’m not reading this mystery during the Texas summer heat because the descriptions of the weather are palpable. I can feel like I can feel the heat and see the dry sunburned land.

I have book group this week so I’m concentrating on finishing The Dry. I’m so curious to hear what the book group members thought about this one. I’m really enjoying it.

What about you, what have you been reading lately and have you read any of these books?

New Arrivals

I hope you are all having a great week. I’ve been busy putting away some new books on my bookshelves and guess what else arrived at Casa Bookgirl? A new Kindle! My original one still works but it has a crack near one of the edges close to the screen so I was getting a bit concerned about it getting bigger and or my Kindle just stopping at a crucial moment!

I took advantage of a recent offer and voila the new Kindle is here. I haven’t even opened it yet but I’ll do that this weekend. Oh and isn’t my new Kindle case cute? The design reminds me of some beautiful chiyogami papers so this cover actually makes me feel like I’ll be holding a real bound book in hand.

Anyway, as far as the new books that have arrived these are all advance review copies:

An Almond For a Parrott by Wray Delaney. London, 1756 in Newgate prison a girl awaits trial accused of murder and she will surely hang if found guilty.

Leona: The Die is Cast by Jenny Rognesy. A Scandinavian thriller featuring Leona Lindberg of Stockholm’s Violent Crimes Division. Hope this will be a great addition to the genre.

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami. This is also a mystery but set in Japan.

All by Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark. It’s been ages since I’ve read anything my Mary Higgins Clark. This one is about a woman on a cruise which I may have to put off reading for a bit as I recently finished The Woman in Cabin 10.

I’m excited about all of these goodies. What’s new in your mailbox?