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Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery (2013)

by Robert Kolker

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I found this book to be quite a tedious read. Whilst it gathered facts and data together it was mostly beefed out by the subjective descriptions of life histories, family opinions and odd research all mixed up with dialogue from interviews. I found it difficult to keep the facts of each victim straight in my head and sometimes had to pause to figure out to whom a piece of interview dialogue related.

I read this book as an ebook and found the maps very dark and hard to read, which shouldn't really happen with a backlit kobo aura hd even with the brightness turned up high, unless the printed maps were also quite dark.

For people who are hard core true crime readers this book may hold their attention but it left me completely flat, which is such a shame since it details the lives and deaths of real people. I found it emotionless and lacking empathy. I understand this is the author's first full book rather than articles and reports, and it does show. Just because something is non-fiction doesn't mean it has to be an outpouring of facts, it can and should have a narrative voice in order to fully engage the reader. In this way, the dead are better honoured and not simply reduced to lines on a page. ( )
  KatiaMDavis | Dec 19, 2017 |
I came across this book after reading Richard Lloyd Parry's People Who Eat Darkness. While Kolker's coverage is great, unfortunately I found it hard to sympathize for the Lost Girls and their families. While it is truly unfortunate that these women met such horrific fates (and I do believe the people of Oak Island know more than they're letting on, and that the Dr. probably did have something to do with Shannan), I feel that if they had made better choices in life, they would still be alive today. There is no excuse for how they chose to live and nobody to blame but themselves. Plenty of people have equally or more difficult lives and manage to work legitimate jobs instead of choosing to whore themselves out and get high. I have a hard time even feeling pity for the families left behind because even they didn't care until it was too late -- it's easy to act high and mighty after the fact -- and then they wonder why the police were slow to get involved.

I look forward to a resolution of these cases because I'm sure Kolker talked to the killer and I can't wait to find out who it is. ( )
1 vote Sarahbel | Sep 1, 2017 |
Excellent telling of this situation that happened in New York City. I love that it starts from the beginning -- that we're introduced to the girls and why they (may have) done what they did and how they got into the position they found themselves in.

I found the author to be objective and honest. I did not feel like he favored one person or one family over another, or one theory, etc. Really well written! And still unsolved.

Adrianne ( )
  Adrianne_p | Apr 4, 2017 |
3.5 stars. Interesting and well-researched. I was a bit troubled by the lack of an index or a list of sources - I guess I am old school wherein I think a non-fiction title should be supported by facts- but overall this was a good book about a horrible subject. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
I found Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery to be a riveting story that was both informative and well written. The sad fact is that these women, who turned up as victims of a serial killer, were already lost before their bodies turned up in shallow graves on Long Island. What they all had in common, other than their work as prostitutes was their complicated and difficult lives. This case is another example of how, once they were reported as missing, the fact of their working in the sex trade, made it easy for authorities to dismiss and at times outright ignore their case.

It was only once the bodies began turning up that the case received attention from both the police and the media. Although ultimately more than 10 bodies were discovered along the roadside, it was five women who were linked together in this book, all five had worked as call girls through Craig’s List on the internet. Four of the women were found buried in shallow graves at the side of the road and the fifth was eventually found in a nearby marsh.

What Robert Kolker does in Lost Girls is to humanize these women and their stories. The killer of these women has not been identified, and as the years pass by, the feeling is that he or they will never be found. Although the families did recover their loved ones bodies, true closure is impossible as long as no one is to be held accountable. This book stands as a monument for these women who suffered abuse and neglect as children and then paid the ultimate penalty for the bad choices they made as they became adults. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | May 12, 2016 |
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