I’m going to apologize in advance that I am reviewing yet another crime novel, but it was the only book I had laying on hand when I went on vacation. I promise that the next two books I review will not be crime novels. Anyway, let’s get on with this review, shall we?
If you look at my Netflix queue, you will find TV shows centered around murder, kidnappings, etc., and though I am a fast reader normally, I tend to read crime novels the fastest. As you can probably infer by now, I really love crime as a genre and I am slightly ashamed to admit that when it comes to crime, it doesn’t take much to get me completely infatuated. However, I was not infatuated immediately (or at all) by this book. The Forgotten Girls was in no way a bad book (trust me, I’ve read some bad books), but it certainly wasn’t a book that I would reread or a book that makes me want to read the rest of the books written by the same author.
Sara Blaedel created characters that were very easy to relate to and believable. Blaedel spent a lot of time creating back stories to the characters, especially Louise Rick, the main character. While Louise puts on a show to her co-workers that she is a badass, cold-hearted detective, her back story slowly unravels and makes you want to keep reading to learn how and why she is the way she is the way she is. Honestly, I think that Louise Rick is the only reason I kept reading because despite the strong characters present throughout the story, the plot of the story itself was very weak.
I cannot say much about the plot without giving away spoilers, but I can say that it was not very strong. It was all over the place in the sense that Louise Rick was presented with new evidence for the case out of nowhere and not only that, Blaedel tried to incorporate Louise’s past and people from her past with the case she was working. In all honesty, I can’t really explain it, but it just didn’t work and instead made the story a little confusing. While the case/crime itself was interesting, the way it was presented throughout the story just made it confusing and simply not as enjoyable as it could have been.
Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book because I, the self-proclaimed crime enthusiast, simply did not like it. It was just one of those books that wasn’t worth the time that I took to read it.
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Until next time, let this following quote make you smile – “ Just remember, if we get caught you’re deaf and I’m blind.”